Glen Matlock

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Glen Matlock
Glen Matlock;final Rich Kids concert;January 2010.jpg
Background information
Born (1956-08-27) 27 August 1956 (age 57)
Origin Paddington, London, England
Genres Rock, punk rock
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, vocals
Years active 1973–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)
Vicious White Kids (1978)
Jimmy Norton's Explosion (1979)
The Spectres (1980)
Hot Club (1982)
Dead Horse (1996)
The Philistines (2004 – present)
The Flying Padovanis (2005)
Slinky Vagabond (2007 – present)
The Faces (2010 – present)
The International Swingers (2011 – present)
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass[1]
Gibson EB-0[1][2][3]

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. Although Matlock is credited as a co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, his creative contribution to the band has been disputed.[4] He also continues to make his own records and tour with various bands, including the Sex Pistols.

Biography[edit]

Matlock attended Saint Martin's School of Art until 1974. He was the original bass player of the Sex Pistols.[5] He left the band in late February 1977,[6] the legend being 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.[citation needed] A claim made by the Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, regarding how 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. 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". 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 exacerbated by Malcolm McLaren's attempts to pit the two men against each other. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious, and went on to form the 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). After the Rich Kids he formed the Spectres with Tom Robinson Band guitarist Danny Kustow, and subsequently Mick Hanson, and then Hot Club in 1982 with guitarist James Stevenson and singer Steve Allen.

Matlock playing with the Sex Pistols in 1977.

In John Lydon's autobiography, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, Lydon claimed that Matlock worked on later Sex Pistols material (including their album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols) as a paid session musician (Jones played bass on all of the songs recorded after Matlock's departure, with Vicious also contributing to the song "Bodies"). Matlock later played bass with Vicious in the short lived band Vicious White Kids. Matlock also played bass on the Iggy Pop album Soldier and the Damned album Not of This Earth.

Matlock rejoined the original Sex Pistols members for reunion tours in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008. 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 now is 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.[7] One newspaper wrote, comparing the current lifestyles of the Sex Pistols: "Only original bassist Glen Matlock remains touring with his own band, an irony given that he was sacked for being too conservative".[8]

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.[citation needed] New died of cancer on 24 May 2010.

Matlock joined a reformed Faces, playing at the Vintage at Goodwood festival near Chichester in August 2010.[9] In April 2011 he stood in for Mani playing bass for Primal Scream at the Japan Tsunami appeal concert at Brixton Academy in London.

In late 2011 The International Swingers, a band comprising Glen Matlock, Clem Burke (of Blondie and Romantics), James Stevenson (Gene Loves Jezebel, Chelsea, The Alarm) and Gary Twinn (Supernaut, Twenty Flight Rockers), was formed. The band, based in Los Angeles, toured Australia and continues to perform occasionally.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Glen Matlock | Fender News & Tech Talk | Fender Guitar". Fender.com. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "GLEN MATLOCK BASS GUITAR – by The Fame Bureau". Artfact.com. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "21: Glenn Matlock – Sex Pistols. Glen Matlock's Gibson : Lot 21". Liveauctioneers.com. 29 November 2006. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sex Pistols' Steve Jones: 'Glen Matlock was a middle-class mommy's boy'", NME, 28 November 2011
  5. ^ Rob Sharp (2008). Central Saint Martins: The art and soul of Britain. The Independent, Saturday 19 April 2008. Accessed July 2013.
  6. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 297. CN 5585. 
  7. ^ "Joey Ramone Birthday Bash 2007". The Village Voice. 2007. Retrieved 2007. 
  8. ^ "Sex Pistols sell out". theage.com.au (Melbourne). 10 March 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2006. 
  9. ^ Todd, Ben (25 May 2010). "The Faces ready to rock again after 35 years... but with Mick Hucknall in Rod Stewart's place". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  10. ^ Benjamin Leatherman (22 May 2013). "The International Swingers: "The First Punk Bands . . . Were Just Bands"". Phoenix New Times. 

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