Steve Jones Says It Was A Relief That Sid Vicious Was In The Hospital During ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ Recordings

Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones recently looked back on the recording sessions of the band’s only studio album, ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols,’ during a new interview with Forbes. The guitarist stated that it was a relief Sid Vicious was in the hospital as he couldn’t play.

John Lydon, Steve Jones, and Paul Cook had already finished writing the album’s twelve tracks by 1976 before Sid Vicious joined the band. After Vicious became an official member in 1977, he co-wrote the two songs. The band signed to A&M Records around this time and was ready to enter the studio to record their debut and only studio album, ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.’

Sid Vicious played his first gig with the band on April 3, 1977, but he couldn’t perform well since he had no bass experience. Thus, the band decided not to include his contributions, except his bass on one track, ‘Bodies.’ Steve Jones played bass on the band’s debut album instead of Vicious. Jones also overdubbed his part on ‘Bodies’ later on.

Steve Jones explained that he liked the recording process of this album. He played both guitar and bass parts since they were not satisfied with Sid Vicious’ performance. He revealed that it was also a relief that Vicious was in the hospital during the recordings. By this time, Sid Vicious also battled drug addiction. Vicious was there due to hepatitis, likely caused by intravenous drug use. Thus, it was easier for Jones to say Vicious to leave the bass parts to him as he wouldn’t play anyway.

Here is what Steve Jones said about Sid Vicious’ absence during the recordings:

“I meant business when we were doing the guitar overdubs and stuff. One of the best times about being in the Pistols for me was recording the album. I loved it. You know, me and Paul Cook, we’d always laid the tracks down. He’d play the drums, and I’d play the guitar.

Then I put in the bass on afterward because Sid was unavailable; he was in the hospital. Actually, it was a relief because he couldn’t play. So it made it a lot easier for me to say, ‘Look, Sid, leave it out. I’ll play.’ It worked out for the best, I think.”

You can listen to Sex Pistols’ only studio album below.