John Lydon’s Remorse About Sid Vicious’ Ending

Sex Pistols were a British punk rock band that had a remarkable influence on the initiation of the punk movement and the punk image. The band initially consisted of John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, and Glen Matlock, but Matlock left the band due to creative differences. Following that, Sid Vicious, the timeless punk rock icon, joined the Sex Pistols in 1977.

Sid Vicious was Rotten’s friend and a die-hard Sex Pistols fan. Throughout his career in Sex Pistols, Vicious came forward with several notorious incidents, like assaulting Nick Kent with a bicycle chain or blinding a girl in one eye by hurling a glass towards the crowd. Although his musical skill wasn’t very bright, Vicious’s craziness and rebel look fit the Sex Pistols’ image.

However, joining the Sex Pistols had an entirely harmful and destructive impact on Vicious. The musician was lost in the fame the Pistols brought to him, and his relationship with Nancy Spungen made his mental health worse. After heavily abusing drugs along with Spungen and admitting to killing her during a dispute, Vicious died of a heroin overdose. As it turns out, John Lydon blames himself for something related to Sid Vicious’ death.

Why Does John Lydon Feel Guilty About Sid Vicious’ Death?

In a 2014 interview with BBC Sounds, John Lydon expressed his feelings about Sid Vicious. He said that he was a dear friend, and he misses him. Moreover, Lydon admitted feeling guilty for bringing Vicious into Sex Pistols because Vicious wasn’t prepared to deal with the pressures of being famous. According to the singer, Vicious was quite prone to being a drug addict as his mother was also addicted to heroin.

Later on, John Lydon stated that he didn’t like Vicious’ relationship with his mother, and although Vicious told them he won’t be like his mother, he ended up being like her as soon as he joined the Sex Pistols. Moreover, Lydon claimed heroin hides self-doubts and Vicious had lots of them, but he didn’t know how to deal with them, unlike his bandmates. According to Lydon, Vicious didn’t listen to them, and the inevitable result of his deeds was a tragic death.

During the conversation, John Lydon recalled the following about Sid Vicious:

“He wasn’t the brightest spark on the planet. Sid was my friend, and I miss him very much, I gotta tell you. I felt really guilty about bringing him into the Pistols, because he was ill-equipped, mentally, to deal with the pressures. He was prone to fall into the drug culture very quickly because his mother was a registered heroin addict.

There had been situations before the Pistols went out. I’d see that she gave him a birthday present of a bag of heroin. I did not like this. He always said, ‘No, I’ll never be like that,’ but from the first moment he joined the band, he became very much like that.

He then continued:

“The trouble with heroin as a drug, what it does, is it hides the inadequacies and self-doubts you have. Sidney had a lot of them, but what he didn’t understand was that we all had them too. But, we had already been at it for nearly a year here. So, we were better prepared. He just wouldn’t listen. He took that easy way out. And, the result always with that is going to be a tragic death, a loss. The situation he got in became a very low-rent melodrama.”

You can watch the interview below.