Glen Matlock

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Glen Matlock
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Matlock in 2017
Background information
Born (1956-08-27) 27 August 1956 (age 62)
Origin Paddington, London, England
Genres Punk rock, rock
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, vocals
Years active1973–present
Labels Virgin Records, Phantom Sound & Vision, Warner Bros., EMI, Peppermint Records, Majestic
Associated acts Sex Pistols (1975–1977, 1996, 2002–2003, 2007–2008)
Rich Kids (1977–1979, 2010, 2016)
Vicious White Kids (1978)
Bette Bright and the Illuminations (1978–1981)
The Jimmy Norton Explosion (1979)
The Spectres (1980)
Hot Club (1982)
The London Cowboys (1982–1986)
Glen Matlock & The Mavericks (1990–1994)
Dead Horse (1996)
The Philistines (2000 – present)
Dead Men Walking (2001–2005)
The Flying Padovanis (2005)
Slinky Vagabond (2007–2009)
The Faces (2009–2011)
The International Swingers (2011 – present)

Glen Matlock (born 27 August 1956) is an English musician best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols. He is credited as a co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols , although he had left the band while the album was being recorded. He left the band in 1977 over creative differences with the other band members.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels.

Sex Pistols British punk rock band

The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975. They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians. Although their initial career lasted just two and a half years and produced only four singles and one studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, they are regarded as one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music.

<i>Never Mind the Bollocks, Heres the Sex Pistols</i> 1977 studio album by Sex Pistols

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols is the only studio album by English punk rock band the Sex Pistols, released on 28 October 1977 by Virgin Records. The album has influenced many bands and musicians, and the industry in general. In particular, the album's raw energy, and Johnny Rotten's sneering delivery and "half-singing", are often considered game-changing. It is frequently listed as the most influential punk album, and one of the most important albums of all time.


Since leaving the Sex Pistols in 1977, he has performed with several other bands, as well has his own solo work. After the death of his replacement in the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, Matlock has resumed bass guitar duties for subsequent Sex Pistols reunions, including the 1996 Filthy Lucre Tour, the 2002 concert to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, their 2003 North American Piss Off Tour and their 2007–2008 UK and Europe Combine Harvester Tour.

Sid Vicious English bassist and vocalist

Sid Vicious was an English bassist and vocalist. He achieved fame as a member of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols, replacing Glen Matlock, who had fallen out of favour with the rest of the group.

The Filthy Lucre Tour was the 1996 reunion tour of the pioneering British punk rock band Sex Pistols. The 78-date world tour lasted for almost six months.

Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II

The Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II was the international celebration held in 2002 marking the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952, and was intended by the Queen to be both a commemoration of her 50 years as monarch and an opportunity for her to officially and personally thank her people for their loyalty. Despite the deaths of her sister, Princess Margaret, and mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, in February and March 2002 respectively, and predictions in the media that the anniversary would be a non-event, the jubilee was marked with large-scale and popular events throughout London in June of the same year, bookended by events throughout the Commonwealth realms. Elizabeth attended all of the official celebrations as scheduled, along with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh; over twelve months, the royal couple journeyed more than 40,000 miles (64,000 km) to the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, then around the United Kingdom, and wrapped up the jubilee year in Canada. Numerous landmarks, parks, buildings, and the like, were also named in honour of the golden jubilee and commemorative medals, stamps, and other symbols were issued.


Sex Pistols

Matlock playing with the Sex Pistols in 1977. Glen Matlock in Paradiso.jpg
Matlock playing with the Sex Pistols in 1977.

Matlock attended Saint Martin's School of Art until 1974. He was the original bass player of the Sex Pistols, having been introduced to guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook while working in SEX, Malcolm McLaren's clothing boutique in London. [1] He is credited as co-writer on 10 of the 12 songs appearing on the album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols . However, his overall contribution to these songs has been disputed: Jones said in a 2011 interview he was "tired of Matlock's claims that he had co-written some of the punk icon's biggest tunes", stating that he himself had written as many songs as Matlock, [2] whilst Matlock himself notes in his book that the band only wrote two songs after his departure. [3] According to a 2014 interview, he played a big role in writing the songs that appeared on the album [4] and Cook has stated that Matlock wrote most of the songs appearing on the album, [5] but whilst Jones has insisted that Matlock disliked many of Johnny Rotten's controversial lyrics, [2] Matlock has said that he had no issue with them. [4]

Saint Martins School of Art art college in London, England

Saint Martin's School of Art was an art college in London, England. It offered foundation and degree level courses. It was established in 1854, initially under the aegis of the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Saint Martin's became part of the London Institute in 1986, and in 1989 merged with the Central School of Art and Design to form Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.

Steve Jones (musician) English rock guitarist, singer and actor

Stephen Philip Jones is an English rock guitarist, singer, actor and radio DJ, best known as a guitarist with the Sex Pistols. Following the split of the Sex Pistols, he formed The Professionals with former bandmate Paul Cook. He has also released two solo albums, and worked with the likes of Johnny Thunders, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and Thin Lizzy. In 1995, he formed the short lived supergroup Neurotic Outsiders with members of Guns N' Roses and Duran Duran. Jones was ranked in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Paul Cook British drummer

Paul Thomas Cook is an English drummer and member of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols. He was also called "Cookie" by his friends on the punk music scene.

Matlock left the band in late February 1977, [6] with contemporary reports (given to news outlets by manager Malcolm McLaren) stating that he was 'thrown out' because he "liked the Beatles". Although Matlock has said that one of his biggest influences is The Faces, the Beatles anecdote is fictional. [7] A claim made at the time by Jones, that he thought it was bizarre that Matlock was "always washing his feet", has also been misquoted and misinterpreted as the cause of Matlock's firing from the group. [8]

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The line-up of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr led them to be regarded as the most influential band of all time. With a sound rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to the evolution of pop music into an art form, and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated elements of classical music, older pop, and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and they experimented with a number of musical styles in later years, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As they continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they came to be seen as embodying the era's socio-cultural movements.

In his autobiography, I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol, Matlock stated that he left the band of his own volition as he was "sick of all the bullshit". [9] In the 2000 documentary The Filth and the Fury , the band members generally agree that there was tension between Matlock and Rotten, which Matlock suggests was further aggravated by Malcolm McLaren in an attempt to generate chaos within the band as a creative mechanism. [10]

<i>The Filth and the Fury</i> 2000 film byJulien Temple

The Filth and the Fury is a 2000 British rockumentary film directed by Julien Temple. It focuses on the story of the punk rock pioneers Sex Pistols, and is considered a continuation of Temple's first documentary centered on the band, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle.

Malcolm McLaren English artist, performer and fashion designer

Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren was an English impresario, visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner, notable for combining these activities in an inventive and provocative way. He is best known as a promoter and manager of bands the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols.

In his autobiography, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs , John Lydon stated that Matlock worked on Sex Pistols material (including their album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols ), after he had left the band, as a paid session musician (Jones played bass on the two songs recorded after Matlock's departure, with Vicious also contributing to the song "Bodies"); [11] however, Matlock denied the "session musician" label, stating that all but two of the songs appearing on the album had already been recorded as singles or b-sides before his departure. [12] Music historian David Howard states that Matlock did not perform on any of the Never Mind the Bollocks recording sessions. [13] In the Classic Albums documentary about Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Jones states that he believes the group would have made more albums if Matlock had stayed in the band and they hadn't done the Bill Grundy TV interview. [14] Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious.

Rotten is a 1994 autobiographical book by John Lydon, co-authored by Keith Zimmerman and Kent Zimmerman. The book was named one of the 25 best rock memoirs by Rolling Stone magazine.

John Lydon English musician

John Joseph Lydon, also known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the late-1970s British punk band the Sex Pistols, which lasted from 1975 until 1978, and again for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. He is also the lead singer of post-punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL), which he founded and fronted from 1978 until 1993, and again since 2009. Since 2013, Lydon has held British, Irish and American citizenship.

Session musician Profession; musician hired to perform in recording sessions or live performances

Session musicians, studio musicians, or backing musicians are musicians hired to perform in recording sessions or live performances. Session musicians are usually not permanent members of a musical ensemble or band. They work behind the scenes and rarely achieve individual fame in their own right as soloists or bandleaders. However, top session musicians are well known within the music industry, and some have become publicly recognized, such as the Wrecking Crew, and The Funk Brothers who worked with Motown Records.

After the Sex Pistols

Matlock went on to form Rich Kids, a new wave power pop band, with himself as bass guitarist and singer, Midge Ure (guitarist, singer and keyboard player), Steve New (guitarist and singer) and Rusty Egan (drummer). [15] [16] [17] [18] They released three singles and one album entitled Ghosts of Princes in Towers (ranking only at #51). [19] [20] [21] Matlock and New later played with Vicious in the short-lived band Vicious White Kids. [22]

After the Rich Kids he formed the Spectres with Tom Robinson Band guitarist Danny Kustow, and subsequently Mick Hanson, [23] [24] and then Hot Club in 1982 with guitarist James Stevenson and singer Steve Allen. [25] Matlock also played bass on the Iggy Pop album Soldier [26] and The Damned album Not of This Earth . [27] Under the moniker Rhode-Twinn, Matlock (and Steve New) was brought to play on Gary Twinn's 1990 single "Bike Boy" on Bernard Rhodes' own Sacred record label. [28] Twinn and Matlock stayed in touch and began writing and recording with The Damned drummer Rat Scabies and Generation X guitarist Bob "Derwood" Andrews as Dead Horse in 1996. A US tour was arranged, but almost immediately Matlock reunited with the Sex Pistols, and the group was disbanded.

Matlock rejoined the original Sex Pistols members for reunion tours in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008. [29] He played bass guitar and sang for a time in the bands The Philistines and The Flying Padovanis. He toured with a loose collective of punk and post-punk stars, Dead Men Walking, which included Mike Peters of The Alarm, Kirk Brandon of Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny, and Pete Wylie of Wah! He is now a member of Slinky Vagabond with Earl Slick, Clem Burke, and Keanan Duffty. Slinky Vagabond played their debut concert at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash in May 2007. [30] One newspaper, comparing the current lifestyles of the Sex Pistols, wrote: "Only original bassist Glen Matlock remains touring with his own band, an irony given that he was sacked for being too conservative". [31]

In January 2010, Glen Matlock reformed the Rich Kids for a one-off benefit concert in aid of Steve New. He was joined on stage by original members Rusty Egan and Midge Ure, as well as Mick Jones of The Clash and Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet. [32] New died of cancer on 24 May 2010. [33]

Matlock joined a reformed Faces, playing at the Vintage at Goodwood festival near Chichester in August 2010. [34] In April 2011, he stood in for Mani playing bass for Primal Scream at the Japan Tsunami appeal concert at Brixton Academy in London. [35]

In late 2011, the International Swingers, a band comprising Matlock, Clem Burke, James Stevenson and Gary Twinn, was formed. The band, based in Los Angeles, toured Australia and continues to perform occasionally. [36]

In 2012, Matlock made his acting debut in British drama film The Paddy Lincoln Gang , [37] performing a docudrama scene at a live Faces concert. [38]


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Rich Kids

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Iggy Pop

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