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Love Kills - The Story of Sid and Nancy

Updated on December 9, 2015

The Sex Pistols

Sid Vicious - The Sex Pistol

Sid Vicious became the bass player of UK punk band The Sex Pistols in 1977, after their pervious bass player, Glen Matlock, left the band. He was chosen by the band's manager Malcolm McLaren, purely on his appearance. He was what McLaren considered to be punk personified and was a perfect match for the bands lead singer, Johnny Rotten.

The face that Vicious couldn't play the bass and had very little musical ability didn't worry McLaren, because it reinforced the bands "who cares" message. During recording sessions, the bands guitarist, Steve Jones, played bass and during performances the bass amp was turned down.

While on tour in the US at the beginning of 1978 the band broke up. Mainly due to in-fighting between band members and management and because of Sid's behaviour both on and off stage, drug addiction and his relationship with Nancy.

The band members went their separate ways, Sid headed for New York, where is was immediately hospitalized. It wouldn't be long before he rejoined Nancy in London before moving to New York where their lives would spiral out of control.


Sid and Nancy

The Punk and The Groupie

Sid and Nancy met in 1977 while Nancy was in London, it wasn't long before they were inseparable and dependant on each other, happily living in a world of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Philadelphia born Nancy was a heroin addict and prostitute. She had come to London with one thing on her mind, to sleep with one of the Sex Pistols, and she did just that.

Sid and Nancy's relationship developed quickly and it wasn't long before Nancy had introduced Sid to the world of heroin addiction. She also started to make most of the decisions about Sid's career and life.

Sid's friends and members of the band, particularly Johnny Rotten, begged Sid constantly to end his relationship with Nancy, but Sid wouldn't even consider it, saying that Nancy was he crutch.


New York

After spending a short time in both London and Paris, Sid and Nancy headed back to the US. After visiting with Nancy's family for a few of days, the couple then arrived in New York and moved into the iconic Hotel Chelsea.

Shortly after moving in, their room was a mess, they kept all of their belongings in plastic Harrods bags which laid all over the floor and their cat "Socks" spent most of its time behind Sid's gold record, which was on the floor leaning against a wall.

They filled their days in a drug induced state and their relationship became increasingly violent. It was during one of these drug induced states that they managed to set fire to their room and had to be moved to another room, room 100.

Nancy took it upon herself to become Sid's new manager and managed to organise some gigs, but with the state Sid was in, it was near impossible for him to perform.


Romeo and Juliet - Punk Style

Hitting Rock Bottom

Exactly what happened on October 11th and 12th 1978 remains unclear. One thing is clear, on the morning of October 12th, Sid woke up in a drug stupor and discovered Nancy covered in blood and dead on the bathroom floor.

Sid's account of events were inconsistent, he said they had fought and he had stabbed her, but he said he had not meant for her to die. He later said he could not remember what had happened and Nancy may have fell onto the knife during the fight.

Sid Vicious was charged with the murder on Nancy Spungen and taken into police custody. Over the next few weeks Sid would try to kill himself a number of times and made a number of statements about wanting to be dead and be back with Nancy.

Sid was eventually sent to Rikers Island, where he was forced to undergo painful detoxification. Sid was released from Rikers Island on February 1st, 1979 after his bail was paid, and the only thing on Sid's mind was getting his hands on more drugs.

Love Kills - A Tribute To Sid and Nancy Sung By Friend Dee Dee Ramone

The Fatal Shot

After being released on bail, Sid went to his new girlfriend, Michelle Robinson's apartment to celebrate his freedom with his Mother and some friends. By all accounts Sid, who was now clean of drugs, was looking forward to and planning the future.

However during the night, Sid managed to get his hands on some high grade heroin. At around midnight, Sid suffered a near fatal overdoes, his friends managed to prevent that from happening.

Around 3am Sid and Michelle went to be. When Michelle and Sid's mother woke up later that morning, they discovered Sid had died in his sleep.

It was determined that Sid Vicious had died from a heroin overdose.

Shortly before her death, Sid's Mother confessed to journalist, Alan G. Parker, that she was responsible for injecting Sid with the dose of heroin that killed him. She said she did it because she knew he was scared of returning to jail and she lacked confidence in his lawyers.

Sid and Nancy's Death Pact

Shortly after Sid was cremated, his Mother found a suicide note in the pocket of Sid's leather jacket, it said "We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby. Bury me in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots Goodbye".

Because Nancy was Jewish, she had been buried in a Jewish cemetery and Sid, who was not Jewish could not be buried there. But in following Sid's final wishes, his Mother and a small group of friends managed to gain entry into the cemetery and his Mother tipped his ashes on top and Nancy's grave.

In 1986, a bio pic was released, staring Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as Sid and Nancy.

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      Marie L B 2 years ago from Yamba

      An article that spells out a little bit of history for us all. it is a great read, thanks. It does make me a bit sad to think that these young people had so much to live for, yet ended their lives far too soon.