Sid Vicious (aka John Simon Ritchie / Beverley): Bass
Born: May 10th 1957, London, England
Died: February 2nd 1979, New York, USA
There has been much confusion over Sid'sname. Both his real name and his nickname. Born as John Simon Ritchie his mother Anne would insist on calling him Simon; she also used the surname Beverley from a later marriage.
John/Simon became"Sid" through John Lydon's pet hamster - who in turn was named after Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett - Sid hated the name so Lydon would taunt him with it. The ironic "Vicious" came after the hamster tried tobite him: "Oh, your Sid is Vicious" and the Lou Reed song 'Vicious'. "You're so vicious…"
Born in London to unmarried parents, Sid moved briefly to Ibiza as a child before returning with his mother toLondon. He first met John Lydon at Hackney Technical College and became what would later be known as one of the "gang of John's" along with John Lydon, John Gray & John Wardle (aka Jah Wobble).When Lydon joined the Sex Pistols in August 1975 Sid became one of their biggest fans; and is famously credited with inventing the "pogo" dance as a way of purposely bumping into members of the band'sentourage and/or crowd he didn't like.
With Glen Matlock's departure in February 1977 Sid was drafted in on bass duties via John Lydon. Sid already got on with Steve and Paul, and probably fitted thebands image more than Matlock. Despite the myths Sid COULD play. Maybe only a little but he could play. He practiced like crazy and quickly began to learn the instrument. Unfortunately, othercircumstances soon began to get in the way of any budding ability...
Sid was no stranger to drug use, however, when he met Nancy Spungen it took on a whole different level. Nancy, a notorious Americangroupie and heroin addict, had travelled to London in 1977 hoping to snare a Sex Pistol. After John Lydon rejected her and passed her off to Sid the couple became inseparable.
Sid's heroin use - together...