Music Diary – 2nd February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 2nd February!

John Simon Ritchie aka Sid Vicious (10th May 1957 – 2nd February 1979)

John Simon Ritchie aka Sid Vicious (10th May 1957 – 2nd February 1979)

On the 2nd February 1979, Mr. John Simon Ritchie (better known as the Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious) died of a heroin overdose in New York City. He was only 22 years old.

ViciousDeathCertificateSid joined the Sex Pistols in 1977 and replaced Glen Matlock, who was dropped out, because of tensions with frontman Johnny Rotten. Before the British Punk band called it a day in January 1978, Sid Vicious crossed paths with his future girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The relationship was completely desctructive and mainly based on drug abuse.


On the 12th October 1978, Sid found Nancy dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan. Spungen suffered a single stab wound and bled to death. Vicious, who confessed that he stabbed her but without meaning to kill her, was arrested and charged with murder. Ten days later, after Nancy’s passing, Vicious attempted suicide but survived. On the 1st February 1979, Vicious was out on bail. After a small celebration he overdosed around midnight.


In 1986, the movie „Sid and Nancy“ was released with Gary Oldman as Sid. Chloe Webb played Nancy’s part.

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Music Diary – 31st January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for 31st January!

John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols)

John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols)

 Happy birthday to Mr. John Joseph Lydon, who was born on the 31st January 1956 in London! Under his stage name Johnny Rotten and as the frontman of the legendary Punk band Sex Pistols, he became one of the outstanding singers in Rock music history!

At the age of 15, John crossed paths with John Simon Ritchie, who was later nicknamed Sid Vicious. Both jobbed around and they started going to various clubs. And they also visited the fetish clothing shop called „SEX„, who was run by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren. In 1975, McLaren was working on promoting a new band called Sex Pistols, which was formed by Steve Jones (guitar), Glen Matlock (bass) and Paul Cook (drums). Due to Lydon’s ragged look and his coulered hair and after singing to Alice Cooper’s tune „I’m Eighteen„, which was played on the store’s jukebox, he became the frontman of the group and Malcolm McLaren began to manage the Punk quartet.

On the 26th November 1976 the debut single „Anarchy in the U.K.“ was released, which went to No. 38 in the UK. Before the next single was recorded, some heavy tensions between Johnny and Glen arose. This led to the quit of Matlock, who left the band finally in Feburary 1977. Sid Vicious was asked to be the new bass player and he joined the band. His first gig with the Sex Pistols happened on the 3rd April 1977. Some weeks later, on the 27th May, the second single „God Save the Queen“ hit the stores. Although the BBC and the Independent Broadcasting Authority refused to play the song on national radios, because of the controversial lyrics and cover art, the track reached No. 2 in the UK.

On the 27th October 1977, the legendary debut album „Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistolswas released and the LP became one of the most important albums in history of rock music.


The release of the debut album was the beginning of the end for the Sex Pistols:
Vicious‘ realationship with Nancy Spungen and his heroin addiction caused big problems in the band and on the 14th January 1978 the last concert happened in San Francisco. Three days later, on the 17th January 1978, the Sex Pistols called it a day. After the break-up, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook founded The Professionals, while singer John Lydon formed in 1978 the group PiL (Public Image Limited). Bass player Sid Vicous died one year later (2nd February 1979) on an overdose.


The remaining four members reunited three times after the break up. These unnecessary reunions happened in 1996, 2002 and 2007.

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Music Diary – 14th January

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 14th January!

Sex Pistols

Sex Pistols

On the 14th January 1978, the British Punkband Sex Pistols played their last gig at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, USA.

During the final concert of the tour, Johnny Rotten was quite disillusioned and introduced the encore with the words:
„You’ll get one number and one number only ‚cause I’m a lazy bastard“, followed by the Stooges cover „No Fun“. Rotten, kneeling on stage, sang „This is no fun. No fun. This is no fun – at all. No fun.“After the song he said to the audience: „Ah-ha-ha. Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Good night“.

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Three days later, on the 17th January 1978, the Sex Pistols finally split. After the break-up, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook founded The Professionals, while singer John Lydon formed in 1978 the group PiL (Public Image Limited). Bass player Sid Vicous died one year later (2nd February 1979) on an overdose.

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Music Diary – 10th May

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 10th May!

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On the 10th May 1957, Mr. John Simon Ritchie (later named John Beverley – after his stepfather) was born in Lewisham, South East London (UK). By the age 17, Ritchie hang a lot around in the London area – one of his favorite spot was the legendary clothing store „SEX„, which was run by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. At this time he also crossed paths with John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), who nicknamed John „Sid Vicous“ after his pet hamster. Vicous started his musical career in 1976 as the singer of the Punk band The Flowers of Romance and he later also appeared with Siouxsie and the Banshees as their drummer.

In in 1977, Sid joined the Sex Pistols and replaced bassist Glen Matlock, who was dropped out, because of tensions with frontman Johnny Rotten. Before the British Punk band called it a day in January 1978, Sid Vicious met his future girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The relationship was completely desctructive and mainly based on drug abuse.

On the 12th October 1978, Sid found Nancy dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan. Spungen suffered a single stab wound and bled to death. Vicious, who confessed that he stabbed her but without meaning to kill her, was arrested and charged with murder. Ten days later, after Nancy’s passing, Vicious attempted suicide but survived. On the 1st February 1979, Vicious was out on bail. After a small celebration he overdosed around midnight and passed away on the 2nd February 1979.

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