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Trivia / Sex Pistols

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  • Name's the Same: Sid Vicious has one with the wrestler Sid Vicious (real name Sid Eudy) who was later a world heavyweight champion in WWE and WCW. Technically the guy went by "Sycho Sid" in WWE, but the last name got used on occasion there anyhow. Rock journalist John Tobler, during his near-hour-long BBC Radio 1 interview with Johnny and Sid shortly after the release of Never Mind The Bollocks (which can be heard on the interview compilation album More Product) told the band that a while prior he had read in the NME about an East End band called Shadbolt who had a guitarist reportedly named Sid Vicious, although Johnny told him not to go on and said where the name actually came from; "Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd fame...remember?".
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  • Old Shame: Johnny really thinks "Belsen Was A Gas" was too tasteless and a cheap attempt at shock value.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Sid Vicious began as a fan of the band before becoming their bassist.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: The band broke up just 13 months after the release of their debut single. They only released a grand total of one studio album. Yet they are considered the pioneers of British punk rock, both musically and aesthetically.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: "Holidays in the Sun," due to the demolition of The Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In England's Dreaming, John Savage's bio of the the band, Rotten mentioned that he wrote some songs during the Pistols' American tour in order to expand their sound. He would later record them with his next project, Public Image Ltd., when McLaren disapproved of the new material.
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    • The band almost starred in Russ Meyer's Who Killed Bambi (formerly known as Anarchy in the UK), which he would have co-written with Roger Ebert. Sadly, the film was abandoned. In 2013, Ebert posted his script on his blog.
    • Before John Lydon joined the band, they first asked Midge Ure (later of Ultravox) to be their singer. He declined, but he would perform in another short-lived band called Rich Kids with Glen Matlock.
    • Matlock revealed, that when Pistols reunited in 1996, he, Steve Jones and Paul Cook wanted to write and record a new album. Lydon, however, was against the idea.
    • It's been suggested that the band could have lasted longer if they got rid of Malcolm McClaren.


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