He co-wrote most of their material for the 1977 seminal debut album
The Sex Pistols co-founder and original bassist Glen Matlock turns 63
Sid Vicious is generally who most of the people associate having been the Sex Pistols bass player, but it was Glen Matlock who originally co-founded the Sex Pistols, played bass and co-wrote most of their material. Glen Matlock was born on August 27, 1956 in London, and in 1975 together with Steve Jones and Paul Cook formed the seminal Punk band the Sex Pistols. Despite having co-wrote 10 of the 12 songs on the band’s first and only album “Nevermind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols”, Matlock only really played on one track, “Anarchy In The U.K”, previously released as a single in 1976 while he was still in the band. Matlock departed from the band in early 1977, just as Punk Rock mania was starting to take over the music world and was replaced by the band’s “biggest” fan, Sid Vicious, who despite not really having experience on playing bass guitar or any instrument, became alongside vocalist Johnny Rotten the most iconic and charismatic member of the band. According to some reports given to news outlets back in the day by manager Malcolm McLaren, Glen Matlock “was thrown out” of the Sex Pistols because he “liked the Beatles”, however the anecdote was proved to be fictional and a joke such as Steve Jones claim that Matlock “always washing his feet”. The official reason that was given was creative differences with the other band members. He went on to form Rich Kids, a new wave power pop band, with himself as bass guitarist and singer, Midge Ure as guitarist, singer and keyboardist. In 1978, as the Sex Pistols were falling appart, Matlock played bass on Sid Vicious short-lived band Vicious White Kids.
Watch the Sex Pistols performing “Anarchy in the U.K” with Glen Matlock on bass, 1976
Also watch: Glen Matlock in 2018 tells why he actually left the Sex Pistols
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