Vicious White Kids
|Vicious White Kids|
L-R: Matlock, Scabies, New, Vicious
|Associated acts||Sex Pistols, The Rich Kids, The Damned|
|Past members||Sid Vicious
The Vicious White Kids were an English punk rock band from London that formed for one concert on 15 August 1978, staged at the Electric Ballroom in London. Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious was the lead singer. It was his final concert in England, as he died of a heroin overdose the following February.
Recordings of the concert, which included covers of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" and The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog", have been released multiple times: in 1991 on DeLorean Records, in 1993 on Receiver Records, in 2002 on Castle Records, and in 2007 on Sanctuary Records. The 2007 release includes an interview with Matlock and Scabies.
Vicious was due to fly to New York and needed some funds, so after bumping into ex-Pistol Glen Matlock one day they decided to do a gig together. Matlock, whom Vicious had replaced in the Sex Pistols, saw it is an opportunity "to show there was no animosity" between them, he later commented. Matlock recruited his Rich Kid bandmate Steve New on guitar and The Damned's Rat Scabies completed the line up on drums. Nancy Spungen sang backing vocals but after hearing her at rehearsals, Matlock made sure her microphone was not plugged in on the night of the gig. The name of the band came from an amalgamation of Sid Vicious, The Rich Kids and Rat Scabies' part-time outfit The White Cats.
Sid Vicious - Lead vocals
Glen Matlock - Bass guitar
Steve New - Guitar
Rat Scabies - Drums
Nancy Spungen - Backing vocals
Their only concert has been released many times.
The Vicious White Kids featuring Sid Vicious, 1991
- "C'mon Everybody"
- "Steppin' Stone"
- "Don't Gimme No Lip" [originally by Dave Berry]
- "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
- "Belsen Was a Gas"
- "Chatterbox" [originally by New York Dolls]
- "Tight Pants (Shake Appeal)" [originally by Iggy and the Stooges]
- "Something Else"
- "My Way"
- [extra track on album reissues] Interview with Glen Matlock and Rat Scabies
- Guzman, Rafer (13 March 2006). "The Sex Pistols shoot down respectability", Newsday, p. B4.
- Takiff, Jonathan (4 March 2002). "Jimmy Buffett, on his own", Knight Ridder News Service, reprinted in Philadelphia Daily News (19 March 2002), p. 39.
- Gould, Nigel (12 January 2007). "The Vicious White Kids: Live at the Electric Ballroom", Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
- (20 May 2007). "OMM: Reviews: Reissues etc: Other releases: Sid, say hello to Shabba...", The Observer, p. 67.
- (11 August 1996). "Never mind the legacy: Here's the Sex Pistols", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p. G1.
- Interview with Rat Scabies concerning Vicious White Kids by the online magazine trakMARX