Vicious White Kids
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|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 was an English punk rock band from London that formed for one concert on 15 August 1978, staged at the Electric Ballroom in London. The former bassist of Sex Pistols, 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.
Vicious White Kids; Live at the Electric Ballroom
The band performed for one night in 1978 because both Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen would end up dead by 1979, the following year, Vicious from a heroin overdose and Spungen was murdered in October 1978 at the Hotel Chelsea. The band performed in the Camden Electric Ballroom, a fairly well known but small two storey concert venue in London, England.
The Vicious White Kids performed several cover songs by musicians and bands such as the Stooges, the Ramones, Frank Sinatra, and even the highly offensive and controversial Sex Pistols song 'Belsen was a gas’, which was about the Holocaust.
Other songs performed by the band during their concert included “Chatterbox” by the New York Dolls, “Tight Pants” by Iggy and the Stooges, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, “C’mon everybody” and “Somethin’ else” both by Eddie Cochran and “Don’t give me no lip” by Dave Berry. The Vicious White Kids also performed “I wanna be your dog” by the Stooges, and “I’m not your steppin’ stone” by the Monkees. These songs are what the band is most remembered for their performance of 
Following the 1978 Camden Electric Ballroom concert, the band became almost completely inactive in the music world. They would be permanently disbanded when Sid Vicious' then partner Nancy Spungen died in a hotel room in October 1978. The Camden Electric Ballroom concert would be the one and only complete concert that the Vicious White Kids would perform as a band. Sid Vicious had struggled with severe heroin addiction, since he was age 15, with his mother most frequently buying it for him when he was a teenager.
Vicious would then commit suicide at a party by overdosing on heroin. With him at the party were his mother and his new girlfriend, Michelle Robinson, whom Vicious had started dating after he murdered Nancy. Vicious was cremated, his ashes spread over Nancy’s grave, which was inside of a Jewish cemetery. Vicious was unable to be buried with Nancy, due to her being a Jew, and him not being one.
Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies and Steve New, were the remaining Vicious White Kids members. They all moved on with their careers after Vicious and Spungen’s deaths. Matlock has performed with a number of other bands, among them being Iggy Pop, and the London Cowboys. Rat Scabies has played in various bands as a drummer over the years after the Vicious White Kids. Guitarist Steve New died of terminal cancer in 2010, and was minimally active in the music world following his time in the Vicious White Kids, before he died.
The band’s one concert has been released and rereleased many times over the years following the actual concert. It was released in 1991 by DeLorean Records, by Castle Records in 2002, and Sanctuary Records in 2007. The band’s one concert has been fully released onto YouTube, as well, with a 31-minute concert video of the band’s performance at the Camden Electric Ballroom.
- 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
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- Interview with Rat Scabies concerning Vicious White Kids by the online magazine trakMARX