With the 35th anniversary of his OD death approaching on February 2, expect a series of retrospectives on doomed Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and what he continues to mean to punk rock.
The guy was a total f**k-up. He was violent, self-destructive and couldn’t play his bass. When the Pistols were on their one-and-only tour of the US, Sid was such an asshole that he managed to get himself beaten up by his own bodyguard. He then died of heroin overdose–smack that he stole from his mother’s purse–while awaiting trial on charges that he stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death.
Yet for some reason, he’s remembered with something approaching, well, fondness. The LA Times looks at the situation.