Steve Jones Recalls How Sex Pistols Lost Focus On Music After Hiring Sid Vicious
Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones recently joined BBC Radio 5’s Headliners and remembered how recruiting Sid Vicious affected the band’s focus on their music.
In early 1977, the punk rock icon Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols as Glen Matlock’s replacement. Before joining the band, he was Johnny Rotten’s friend and a die-hard fan of the band himself. During his tenure with the band, Vicious gained recognition for his antics and notorious behavior rather than his musicianship.
Although Vicious enjoyed remarkable success and fame with the Sex Pistols, joining the band harmed him. Being that famous wasn’t an easy task the rocker could handle, and his toxic relationship with Nancy Spungen affected his mental health due to their heavy drug abuse. In the end, the iconic musician died of a heroin overdose.
As it turns out, Sid Vicious not only damaged himself during his tenure with the Pistols. The band’s guitarist Steve Jones recalled the time Pistols hired the musician and revealed how he affected the band’s career during a recent interview with BBC Radio 5’s Headliners. According to Jones, they focused more on music when Glen Matlock was in the group.
Jones recalled when Sex Pistols joined Bill Grundy on Thames Television’s Today program and used vulgar language during the interview. According to Jones, things turned into a circus after that show. He then said they were free to write what they wanted, and despite the controversy surrounding them, they had a great time during that period.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5’s Headliners, Steve Jones said the following:
“When Glen Matlock was in the band, we were definitely focusing more on music. You know, that was a big part of it. Then it turned into a bit of a circus after Grundy, and it just got silly; I don’t know the word for it. We might have been a bit naive at first, but that was its charm. Because, you know, we didn’t have any record company saying, ‘I don’t hear any singles.’
We were writing how we heard it. And it was all innocent, the writing process back then. And then, it was all over in two years. It was one album. It was a great time. There was luck in there, there was talent, and it was a destiny that was meant to happen. And I think it was meant to implode.”
In a previous interview, Steve Jones argued that Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen’s relationship changed the whole dynamics of Sex Pistols. Moreover, Jones also said it was a relief Vicious wasn’t there during the recordings of ‘Never Mind the Bollocks.’ So, it seems Vicious was causing lots of trouble in the band.