What a clever boy. What a fucking rotter. The Damned were briefly part of the tour, before McLaren kicked them off. Media coverage was intense, and many of the concerts were cancelled by organisers or local authorities; of approximately twenty scheduled gigs, only about seven actually took place.
The worst of the punk rock groups I suppose currently are the Sex Pistols. They are unbelievably nauseating. They are the antithesis of humankind. I would like to see somebody dig a very, very large, exceedingly deep hole and drop the whole bloody lot down it.
The band, hungover, boarded a plane at London Heathrow Airport early on 4 January; a few hours later, the Evening News was reporting that the band had "vomited and spat their way" to the flight. He claimed that Matlock had been "thrown out The Beatles was too much. His mum didn't like the songs. He said it declared us fascists. He was also credited with introducing the pogo dance to the scene at the Club. John Robb claims it was at the first Sex Pistols residency gig, 11 May ; Matlock is convinced it happened during the second night of the Club Punk Special in September, when the Pistols were off playing in Wales.
He always thought of it in terms of opposing camps". The other two just thought he was crazy. The Sex Pistols with Thomas Dellert , c. Arrested for hurling a glass at The Damned that shattered and blinded a girl in one eye, he had served time in a remand centre—and contributed to the Club banning all punk bands.
He was the knight in shining armour with a giant fist. Sid really tried hard and rehearsed a lot". It would just be for the sensationalism and scandal of it all. Then it became the Malcolm McLaren story". As Lydon later observed, "Up to that time, Sid was absolutely childlike. Everything was fun and giggly.
Suddenly he was a big pop star. Pop star status meant press, a good chance to be spotted in all the right places, adoration. That's what it all meant to Sid. Lydon later wrote, "We did everything to get rid of Nancy She was killing him. I was absolutely convinced this girl was on a slow suicide mission Only she didn't want to go alone. She wanted to take Sid with her She was so utterly fucked up and evil. Vicious smashed in a toilet bowl and cut his foot—there is some disagreement about which happened first.
As Vicious trailed blood around the offices, Rotten verbally abused the staff and Jones got frisky in the ladies' room. Twenty-five thousand copies of the planned "God Save the Queen" single, produced by Chris Thomas, had already been pressed; virtually all were destroyed. Virgin was more than ready to release "God Save the Queen", but new obstacles arose.
Workers at the pressing plant laid down their tools in protest at the song's content. Jamie Reid's now famous cover, showing Queen Elizabeth II with her features obscured by the song and band names in cutout letters, offended the sleeve's plate makers. I don't even know the name of the Prime Minister. By Jubilee weekend, a week and a half after the record's release, it had sold more than , copies—a massive success.
The event, a mockery of the Queen's river procession planned for two days later, ended in chaos. Police launches forced the boat to dock, and constabulary surrounded the gangplanks at the pier. While the band members and their equipment were hustled down a side stairwell, McLaren, Westwood, and many of the band's entourage were arrested. As it turned out, the record placed second, behind a Rod Stewart single in its fourth week at the top.
Many believed that the record had actually qualified for the top spot, but that the chart had been rigged to prevent a spectacle. McLaren later claimed that CBS Records , which was distributing both singles, told him that the Sex Pistols were actually outselling Stewart two to one.
There is evidence that an exceptional directive was issued by the British Phonographic Institute, which oversaw the chart-compiling bureau, to exclude sales from record-company operated shops such as Virgin's for that week only. In mid-June Rotten himself was assaulted by a knife-wielding gang outside Islington 's Pegasus pub, causing tendon damage to his left arm.
Jamie Reid and Paul Cook were beaten up in other incidents; three days after the Pegasus assault, Rotten was attacked again. A tour of Scandinavia, planned to start at the end of the month, was consequently delayed until mid-July.
In Oslo, Lydon posed in front of the photographs making the Nazi salute while wearing a sweater with a Swastika drawing. Jones replied, "He's our manager, that's all. He's got nothing to do with the music or the image All we're trying to do is destroy everything. Julien Temple's first major task had been to assemble Sex Pistols Number 1, a twenty-five-minute mosaic of footage from various sources, much of it refilmed by Temple from television screens.
After a single day of shooting, 11 September, production ceased when it became clear that McLaren had failed to arrange financing. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols Promotional poster, Since the spring of , the three senior Sex Pistols had been returning to the studio periodically with Chris Thomas to lay down the tracks for the band's debut album. Luckily he had hepatitis at the time. In his autobiography, Matlock says he agreed to "help out", but then suggests that he cut all ties after McLaren issued the 28 February NME telegram announcing Matlock had been fired for liking the Beatles.
Jones recalls, "He played his farty old bass part and we just let him do it. When he left I dubbed another part on, leaving Sid's down low. I think it might be barely audible on the track. The case was thrown out when defending QC John Mortimer produced an expert witness who established that bollocks was an Old English term for a small ball, that it appeared in place names without causing local communities erotic disturbance, and that in the nineteenth century it had been used as a nickname for clergymen: Steve Jones off-handedly came up with the title as the band debated what to call the album.
An exasperated Jones said, "Oh, fuck it, never mind the bollocks of it all. Of eight scheduled dates, four were cancelled due to illness or political pressure. Before a regular evening concert, the band performed a benefit matinee for the children of "striking firemen, laid-off workers and one-parent families.
Originally scheduled to begin a few days before New Year's, it was delayed due to American authorities' reluctance to issue visas to band members with criminal records. Several dates in the North had to be cancelled as a result. McLaren later admitted that he purposely booked redneck bars to provoke hostile situations. When he was ultimately found, he received a beating from the security team hired by Warner Bros. Offstage he is said to have kicked a female photographer, attacked a security guard, and eventually challenged one of his own bodyguards to a fight—beaten up, he is reported to have exclaimed, "I like you.
Now we can be friends. Rotten, meanwhile, suffering from flu  and coughing up blood, felt increasingly isolated from Cook and Jones, and disgusted by Vicious. At the end of the song, Rotten, kneeling on the stage, chanted an unambiguous declaration, "This is no fun. This is no fun—at all. Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night"—before throwing down his microphone and walking offstage.
Sid was completely out of his brains—just a waste of space. The whole thing was a joke at that point He would not discuss anything with me. But then he would turn around and tell Paul and Steve that the tension was all my fault because I wouldn't agree to anything. Vicious, in increasingly bad shape, was taken to Los Angeles by a friend, who then brought him to New York, where he was immediately hospitalised.
In Jamaica, Branson met with members of the band Devo , and tried to install Rotten as their lead singer. Devo declined the offer,  which Rotten also found unappealing. Over the next several months, McLaren arranged for recordings in Brazil with Jones and Cook , Paris with Vicious and London; each of the three and others stepped in as lead vocalists on tracks that in some cases were far from what punk was expected to sound like.
These recordings were to make up the musical soundtrack for the reconceived Pistols feature film project, directed by Julien Temple, to which McLaren was now devoting himself. On 30 June, a single credited to the Sex Pistols was released: In return for agreeing to record "My Way", Vicious had demanded that McLaren sign a sheet of paper declaring that he was no longer Vicious's manager. Among the claims were non-payment of royalties, improper usage of the title "Johnny Rotten", unfair contractual obligations,  and damages for "all the criminal activities that took place".
Lydon performed with the band through , as well as engaging in other projects such as Time Zone with Afrika Bambaataa and Bill Laswell. Vicious, relocated in New York, began performing as a solo artist, with Nancy Spungen acting as his manager. On 12 October , Spungen was found dead in the Hotel Chelsea room she was sharing with Vicious, with stab wounds to her stomach and dressed only in her underwear.
In an interview at the time, McLaren said, "I can't believe he was involved in such a thing. Sid was set to marry Nancy in New York. He was very close to her and had quite a passionate affair with her.