Glen Matlock was the original bass player with The Sex Pistols and co-wrote
such punk classics as 'Pretty Vacant', 'God Save The Queen' and 'Anarchy In The
UK'. Glen, along with the rest of the Pistols (Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones and Paul
Cook), were without doubt the most influential British punk band of the late 70's.
The Sex Pistols debut album 'Never Mind The Bollocks' is still regarded as one of
the best rock albums of the past three decades. After his departure from The
Pistols, Glen formed The Rich Kids and adopted a more sophisticated power-pop
sound. The Rich Kids line up was completed by guitarist Steve New, who had
rehearsed with the early Pistols, drummer Rusty Egan, and vocalist/ guitarist Midge
Ure. The Rich Kids debut single, the stridnet and powerful 'Rich Kids' received
critical acclaim and reached number 24 in the charts. The band's two other singles.
'Marching Men' and 'Ghosts of Princess in Towers' also charted and were produced by
ex-Bowie and Mott The Hoople sidekick Mick Ronson. After The Rich Kids split up,
Steve New joined Johnny Thunders and his band while Glen dabbled with various
groups. Projects around this time included working with Iggy Pop and forming The
Spectres with Danny Kustow from The Tom Robinson Band. Glen also recorded Pistols
retro material such as Gary Oldman's version of 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' on the Sid
and Nancy film 'Love Kills'. More recently, Glen re-joined The Sex Pistols on their
20th anniversary 'Filthy Lucre' tour in 1996 and his seminal autobiography 'I Was A
Teenage Sex Pistol' has also been reprinted through Virgin. 

Sex Pistols - Finsbury Park, London, June 1996.
(Photo: Pete Still)

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Last update: 25 July 2004