Steve Jones Recalls Sid Vicious’ ‘Nightmare’ Attempt To Play The Bass On ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’

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Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones opened up about the creation and recording process of their only record during his latest interview with Classic Rock via Louder Sound. The musician admitted that their late member Sid Vicious’ bass performance couldn’t be used in the album.

Shortly before the band started working on their first and only studio album entitled ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols,’ which was released on October 28, 1977, its original bassist Glen Matlock left the band in February 1977. There were several claims about the reason behind his sudden departure, such as a disagreement over the ‘God Save The Queen’ lyrics and being asked to leave due to admiring the famous rock band, The Beatles.

The band needed to find another musician to continue their record, and Sid Vicious replaced Matlock as the new Sex Pistols bass player. However, his performance wasn’t seen enough and suitable for the Sex Pistols’ style. Initially, the band members wanted manager Malcolm McLaren to talk to Matlock about returning for the sessions. However, the original bassist didn’t join them after he didn’t get the payment beforehand.

In his interview, Jones recalled those problematic recording sessions, saying that he always wanted to Vicious play on ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols,’ but he was in the hospital due to hepatitis and then couldn’t perform. Yet, Vicious’ bass playing wouldn’t be satisfying anyway because he was trying to play the bass like a guitar. Therefore, Jones served as the bassist along with performing lead guitar. The Sex Pistols icon defined Vicious’ bass playing for the album as a nightmare.’

Jones shared his ideas, saying:

“I would’ve loved Sid to have played on the record, but he just couldn’t. He was in the hospital with hepatitis, so someone had to play bass, and I just stepped up. He started focusing on learning where to put his fingers, but after a while, he thought he was playing guitar; you can’t do power chords on the bass, but Sid seemed to think he could. So that was a bit of a nightmare.

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