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Sid Vicious

John Simon Ritchie (10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979), known professionally as Sid Vicious, was an English musician best known as the bassist for the English punk rock band Sex Pistols. Vicious replaced Glen Matlock, who had fallen out of favour with the other members of the group.

Likely due to intravenous drug use, Vicious was hospitalized with hepatitis during the recording of the Sex Pistols’ only studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols; his bass is only partially featured on one song, “Bodies. “Vicious later appeared as a lead vocalist, performing three songs, on the soundtrack to The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1980), a largely fictionalised documentary about the Sex Pistols.

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