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Sid Vicious – perhaps the ultimate Junk Male – born John Simon Ritchie in Lewisham, on 10th May 1957, and sadly passed away 2nd February 1979, having lived the embodiment of The Rock & Roll lifestyle.

In 1973, aged just 16, Sid met John Lydon at Hackney Technical College. It was Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon that gave ‘Sid’ his name (after his pet hamster, who has bitten Ritchie). Lydon described Sid at this time as a poser, a David Bowie fan, and a ‘clothes hound’. 

A year later, Sid began hanging out at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s famed punk-clothing emporium; ‘SEX’. There, he met Chrissie Hynde (before she formed The Pretenders). Although five years his senior, she attempted to persuade him into a marriage of convenience – purely to enable her to obtain a work permit.

Vicious and Lydon’s first paid performance in Rock music, was when they managed to extort 15p from a passer-by, whilst out busking in London (they were given this money on condition that they stopped playing).

Not known for his musical ability or technique, Sid Vicious was still an inspirational bassist. As a showman, he was beyond compare; slashing himself, carving slogans into his chest – such as ‘Gimme A Fix’ – hurling a blood-spattered Olympic White Fender Precision around a stage, and dishing out insults to a frenzied audience; Sid undoubtedly left his mark in music.

In fact, Sid didn’t even play bass on the Sex Pistols album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’, as he was in hospital with Yellow Jaundice. Instead, Steve Jones deputized for him. Sid later confessed to Lemmy of Motörhead that he couldn’t actually play bass. “I know”, responded Lemmy. At this point, Lemmy agreed to teach him how to play the bass guitar properly.

In a later interview, Lemmy would say of those lessons: “It was all uphill. And he still couldn't play bass when he died.”

A strictly limited-edition of just 34 Sid Vicious T-Shirts have been created in total – and won’t be re-printed. Get yours now for just £19 eacha saving of £26 (for a limited-time), with free international packing and shipping.

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