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Sid Vicious was the bassist of punk band the Sex Pistols from to When his girlfriend Nancy Spungen was murdered in October. Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious was accused of killing his girlfriend Nancy Spungen 39 years ago – but the case remains a mystery. By. When Sid Vicious, the band's infamously crass bass player met an American girl by the name of Nancy Spungen, they came together to form.
You'd have to take your mind off everything else and look at him" Lydon, Sid's self-destructive habits also extended to drugs; he had been mainlining speed from the time he was still living at home. Gray recalled seeing him shooting up and asking where he'd gotten the stuff, only to be told it was "me mum's".~Sid and Nancy~ If I was Your vampire
During the Ramones' first visit to England, Dee Dee, no stranger to depravity himself, seemed taken aback by what he witnessed: He didn't cook it up. He just shook it, stuck it in his arm, and got off" McNeil, Still, many others remember the Sid of that period fondly, including Steve Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees, who said, "Actually, before he got deeply into drugs, he was one of the funniest guys. He had a brilliant sense of humor, goofy, sweet, and very cute" Lydon, Photographer and former David Bowie associate Leee Black Childers, who briefly attempted to manage the Flowers of Romance, got a first impression of Sid as being very vulnerable.
The pair met at a Christmas dinner at journalist Caroline Coon's house. A homesick American, Childers started crying when he heard a Jim Reeves song playing on the stereo, and walked upstairs to discover Sid in a similar state -- "this little guy, just sitting there crying" McNeil, That would all change in the spring ofwhen Vicious was invited to replace Glen Matlock, whose more conventional musicianship had clashed with Rotten's confrontational politics from the start of the Sex Pistols' career.
While Rotten seemed to believe the bass player job would provide Sid with some direction as well as giving him an ally in the band, since Cook and Jones were close friendshis own mother saw the inherent danger in inviting such an unstable, volatile personality into the band.
Rotten recalled, "When I got Sid into the Pistols, my mum sighed. Certainly, Sid's addition was not a brilliant move from a musical point of view, since he didn't even know how to play bass. As Marco Pirroni saw it, "After that, it was nothing to do with music anymore. It would just be for the sensationalism and scandal of it all. Then it became the Malcolm McLaren story Indeed, McLaren was initially thrilled about adding Sid's fiery personality to the Sex Pistols, saying, "When Sid joined he couldn't play guitar but his craziness fit into the structure of the band.
He was the knight in shining armor with a giant fist" Bromberg, While Sid had shown a predilection for violence and drugs before joining the Sex Pistols, being in a successful band gave him carte blanche to go out of control. Everything was fun and giggly. Suddenly he was a big pop star", Rotten remembered. That's what it all meant to Sid. I never dreamed he would perceive it that way. I thought he was far smarter" Lydon, Adoration -- and significantly more trouble -- came in the form of Nancy Spungen, an American music fan who had traveled to London from New York to be where the "action" was.
A heroin addict with a history of severe emotional problems, Spungen's main ambition at the time was to become the girlfriend of a rock star. With Vicious, she not only fulfilled her goal, but also found someone whose dependence on her gave her a purpose. Before Spungen, Vicious had limited experience in matters of romance.
Like his self-esteem, Sid's sexuality was fluid and unformed. Leee Black Childers recalled having conversations with Vicious about his sexual orientation: As in his relationship with Spungen, however, Vicious seemed drawn to Childers more out of a need to be protected than anything blatantly sexual, sleeping in his arms "like a little baby", but never consummating the relationship.
Sid's ideas about the opposite sex seemed contradictory and confused. Former bandmate Viv Albertine called Vicious one of the least sexist people she knew, but an anecdote from Chrissie Hynde tells a different story. Trying to obtain the British equivalent of a green card, Hynde was trying to talk Johnny Rotten into marrying her so she could remain in the country.
Overhearing the pair discussing the subject one day, Sid gave his unsolicited opinion: You want to marry John because he's going to be a famous rock star!
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And then you'll get pregnant, and then you'll Everyone was horrified that Sid would have such a straitlaced idea" Lydon, With Nancy, Sid alternated between playing the gentleman and the brute.
Once, when Spungen was ill, he acted as her nursemaid, feeding her and calling her mother with daily updates on her health. Nancy's mother, Deborah Spungen, recalled Sid being very polite and shy during their phone conversations, and when the pair visited the Spungens at their Philadelphia home, Sid was subdued and childlike, even letting Nancy cut his meat for him. At other times, however, Sid would physically abuse Nancy, a fact confirmed by Johnny Rotten's wife, Nora.
Vicious was once arrested after beating Nancy in a London hotel room which prompted McLaren to briefly throw him out of the bandand during her final phone conversation with Deborah Spungen, Nancy admitted that a number of beatings she'd claimed to have received from street thugs had actually occurred at the hands of Sid.
Vicious didn't mind participating in Spungen's self-degradation either. He once told Rotten that he watched her perform oral sex on a stranger in the alley behind their house, a service for which she earned fifteen pounds.
Many of Vicious' friends, however, gloss over his physical abuse because Spungen was so verbally abusive herself, and because they hold her responsible for introducing Vicious to heroin. Judging from his mother's history of drug abuse and his own practice of injecting speed, however, it seems that Vicious might have found his way to hard drugs even without Spungen's influence.
There's no denying, however, that Sid and Nancy's co-dependent relationship kept them both hooked. Rotten hoped that the Sex Pistols' American tour, which would separate Sid from Nancy, would give his friend the opportunity to get straight.
Instead, it turned out to be one of the vilest displays of rock 'n' roll excess imaginable, not only sending Sid straight down the tubes, but effectively putting an end to the promise that punk held.
The January tour, consisting mainly of stops in America's Deep South, did get Sid some much-needed supervision.
Warner Brothers employee Noel Monk, who headed the road crew, was determined to keep Sid straight, if only so he'd fulfill his contractual obligations.
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Unfortunately, Sid also encountered a number of disturbed American fans and groupies who encouraged his self-destructive behavior, which soon became part of the live show.
After being head-butted by one such fan at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas, Vicious, never one to be upstaged, put on his own spectacle. He throws the bandage into the crowd, and smiles wider while the devoted rip it to shreds, hungry for a special souvenir" Monk, As much a part of the show as his antics were, they didn't stop when Vicious was out of the spotlight.
At a truck stop en route to San Francisco, he outdid some rednecks who questioned his toughness -- by plunging a steak knife into his hand and calmly proceeding to eat his meal.
Offstage fights continued as well, although they were sometimes the result of Sid's strange way of bonding with others. According to Noel Monk, Sid challenged one of his bodyguards to a fight, and after being beaten up, said, "You're good enough. Now we can be friends" Monk, During a play-fight with photographer Roberta Bayley, Vicious broke her nail by kicking her, something he'd promised not to do just minutes earlier.
Monk noted, "He wants to relate to people and he thinks the only way to do it is to fight them. He's capable of promising something one second and forgetting it the next" Monk, Unsurprisingly, Vicious' broken promises included fulfilling his obligations to the band.
After the first show of the tour, in Atlanta, he disappeared to look for heroin.
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Within a few hours of arriving in Memphis, the tour's next stop, Vicious was gone again, this time lured away by a promise of heroin from High Times publisher Tom Forcade. Hoping to film the Sex Pistols for a documentary, Forcade used Vicious as collateral to ensure that Noel Monk would honor his request for access to the band. A confrontation between Monk and Forcade at the latter's hotel room was interrupted when Vicious made his presence known by attacking a security guard at the pool outside.
Shaken by the display of violence, Malcolm McLaren refused Monk's request that he intervene. With no one willing to rein him in, Vicious was free to destroy himself. The mostly disastrous tour ended in San Francisco on January 14,with a much-anticipated show at the Winterland.
What should have been the band's introduction to a large American punk audience turned out to be their final show.
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After playing a lackluster set during which the foursome hardly looked at one another, Rotten summed it all up with the famous words, "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Punk wasn't ours anymore. It had become everything we hated" McNeil, Although Vicious shot some sequences for the film in Paris, he spent most of his time after the Winterland concert doping it up with Spungen in London, then in New York.
The freakish twosome garnered a lot of press attention on both sides of the Atlantic, establishing their legend even before their deaths. Nancy managed to set up a few solo shows for Sid at Max's Kansas City and in her hometown of Philadelphia.
Despite having an all-star backing band, though, Sid was a failure, his nasal imitations of Johnny Rotten drawing catcalls from the crowds at Max's. Sid and Nancy's dismal final days in New York appear to be portrayed fairly accurately in the film Sid and Nancy.
On September 27,Spungen's father delivered some of the couple's belongings to their room at the Chelsea Hotel. When he arrived, he found Sid and Nancy in the kind of desolate state depicted in the movie -- in bed, watching cartoons in the dark, surrounded by dirty clothes and garbage, and too strung out to notice his presence.
On October 8, Nancy called Deborah Spungen, complaining that she was experiencing problems with her kidneys and asking for money. As was their routine, Mrs.
Spungen instructed her daughter to see a doctor and have the bill sent to her parents. Before Nancy could reply, the usually complacent Sid took the phone and started hurling abuse at Deborah Spungen, demanding to know, "How can you do this to your own fuckin' daughter?
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When Nancy called back later for what would be her final conversation with her mother, she was more calm and reasonable than she'd ever been. She told her mother about the beatings, explaining that Sid had been depressed and "not himself".
Nancy then asked Deborah Spungen to look into getting the two of them into a detoxification center. Before hanging up, Nancy seemed to be tying up loose ends, asking about her grandmother and sending a message to her father that she loved him. While out with friends on October 10,Nancy purchased a knife for Sid. The following night, at least two different drug dealers visited the couple's hotel room, the last claiming to have seen Nancy alive at 4 or 5 a. Several hours after that, the front desk at the Chelsea received a call telling them someone was injured in Sid and Nancy's room.
She began attending the university at 16,  but five months into her freshman year she was arrested for purchasing marijuana from an undercover police officer. When she was later arrested for storing stolen property in her dorm room, the University of Colorado decided to expel her. During a tumultuous month relationship, Spungen and Vicious who was already abusing multiple drugs became addicted to heroin and other drugs.
John Simon Ritchie", Vicious's real name. Their relationship ended violently on October 12, when Spungen's body was found under the sink in the bathroom of their room at Hotel Chelsea.
Spungen had suffered a single fatal stab wound to the abdomen. Vicious reportedly owned the knife that made the wound. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. A History of Punk, Phil Strongman accuses actor and stand-up comic Rockets Redglare of killing Spungen; Redglare had delivered 40 capsules of hydromorphone to the couple's room at the Chelsea Hotel the night of Spungen's death. He stated that the other dealer, known to people as "Michael", had been there that evening and had left before him to obtain more heroin and was due back after he had left the building.
Its title is taken from a poem Vicious wrote.