Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious

Rock Singer

John Simon Ritchie, better known by his stage name Sid Vicious, was an English musician, best known as the bassist for the punk rock band Sex Pistols.

Full Name
John Simon Ritchie
May 10, 1957
Feb 2, 1979
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Sid Vicious, born Simon John Ritchie on May 10th, 1957 in London, England, was an English punk rock musician and bass player. He is best known as the bassist for the punk rock band The Sex Pistols from 1977 to 1978. He was also well-known for his chaotic lifestyle and drug abuse.

Vicious began playing guitar at age 11 when his mother bought him his first guitar. At age 16 he dropped out of school and got a job as a messenger boy before joining Malcolm McLaren's clothing store "Sex" as a sales assistant. He was soon introduced to the punk scene by McLaren and later joined The Sex Pistols in early 1977. 

Vicious' career with The Sex Pistols lasted until early 1978 when he was arrested and charged with murder after Nancy Spungen, his girlfriend at the time, was found dead in their hotel room in New York City. Vicious denied involvement but was unable to make bail and died of an accidental heroin overdose on February 2nd 1979 while awaiting trial.

Although Vicious had a short lived career, he is credited for helping to popularize punk music around the world and is remembered for being one of the most influential musicians of the era.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1957</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Sid Vicious is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On May 10, 1957, John Simon Ritchie, known as Sid Vicious, was born in London, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1975</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins the Sex Pistols</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Vicious joins the British punk rock band the Sex Pistols and replaces original bassist Glen Matlock.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1977</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">“God Save the Queen” Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">The Sex Pistols release their single “God Save the Queen” which reaches number two on the UK Singles Chart.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1978</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Arrested for Murder</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Vicious is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen and is subsequently released on bail.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1979</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Solo Single Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Vicious releases a solo single titled “My Way” which reaches number 48 in the UK Singles Chart.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">Feb 1979</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Death of Sid Vicious</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Vicious dies of drug overdose at the age of 21.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He Was Pioneering Punk Music</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Sid Vicious was a pioneering punk rock musician and singer. He was the bassist for legendary punk band the Sex Pistols, and helped to popularize the genre in the UK and US. His style was unique and influential, and he changed the landscape of punk music forever.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He Was Rebellious</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Sid Vicious was an icon of rebellion. His attitude and behavior were rebellious, often offending people with his words and actions, but always staying true to himself. His rebelliousness inspired others, especially those who felt like they didn't fit in or were outcasts.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Left a Lasting Legacy</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Sid Vicious left behind a lasting legacy in both punk music and pop culture. To this day, his influence is still felt in music, art, and fashion. Even though he died young, his impact on the world will never be forgotten.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Member of the Sex Pistols</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Sid Vicious was a member of the iconic punk rock band, the Sex Pistols. He joined the band in 1977 and made his debut appearance on their single "God Save the Queen".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Drug Addict from an Early Age</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Sid Vicious was addicted to heroin from a very young age, starting at just 15. His addiction eventually led to his death in 1979.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Formed His Own Band After Sex Pistols Split</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">After the Sex Pistols split up in 1978, Sid Vicious formed his own band called "The Vicious White Kids" with his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Arrested for Murder of Nancy Spungen</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In October 1978, Sid Vicious was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Although he was released due to lack of evidence, he died of a drug overdose shortly afterwards.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Never Released a Solo Album</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Despite being an iconic figure in the punk rock scene, Sid Vicious never released a solo album. He only released one single before his death in 1979 - a cover of Frank Sinatra's "My Way".</p></div>


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