The Beatles-Related Reason Behind Glen Matlock’s Departure From Sex Pistols


Sex Pistols had a brief run despite being a band that showcased so much potential. Even though they were on the rock scene for only three years, between 1975 and 1978, the band had an immediate following that encouraged their success. They released only a debut album titled ‘Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols,’ but still significantly contributed to the punk movement in the UK.

Two years after their formation, Glen Matlock and Johnny Rotten’s turbulent relationship and the bassist’s fascination with The Beatles led to Matlock being fired. However, some would argue that the turmoil persuaded him to leave the band. So was he really fired because he loved the Beatles, or was it his choice to leave? Let’s find out.

Was Glen Matlock Fired From Sex Pistols Because Of The Beatles?


Sex Pistols’ arrival had caused a big stir in the industry, as their unapologetic lyrics and sound had captured the attention of the youth. Everything seemed to be going great while the band worked on their debut album. Behind the scenes, however, there was a different show.

The tensions between Glen Matlock and Johhny Rotten had started increasing. They were on each other’s throats about every decision the band made, whether it be song choices, lyrics, or even where the money was going. Ultimately, in 1977 the original bassist of Sex Pistols, Glen Matlock, departed from the band. After his departure, there were many comments on the situation since their debut album wasn’t even released.

One of the comments came from their manager Malcolm McLaren who claimed that Matlock was thrown out because he wouldn’t stop talking about Paul McCartney and the Beatles. However, it was later revealed that the claims were made up. While Sex Pistols management came up with varying claims about why Matlock was fired, he commented that the decision was mutual.

However, Matlock revealed in his autobiography a few reasons behind his decision. Rotten’s change in attitude after his name was on the paper and their dispute over the song lyrics of ‘God Save the Queen’ were some of the reasons he left the band. He also claimed that Johnny Rotten wanted to replace him with his old friend Sid Vicious to have someone on his side against Steve Jones and Paul Cook.

In the end, Sid Vicious’ performance wasn’t up to par for the Sex Pistols sound that Matlock provided. The band members wanted Matlock to come back and record with the band again. When he didn’t receive the payment beforehand, he didn’t join them, and Jones had to do the recordings instead.

The band’s first and only album has twelve songs; in ten, Matlock is credited as the co-writer. Johnny Rotten’s persistence in wanting Sid Vicious to be part of the band became the decision that forever changed the Sex Pistols’ fate in the industry.