The Vicious White Kids
were a punk rock
band from London
that formed for one concert on August 15, 1978, 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 an overdose the following February.Guzman, Rafer (March 13, 2006). "The Sex Pistols shoot down respectability", Newsday
, p. B4.
Vicious was due to fly to New York and needed some funds,(May 20, 2007). "OMM: Reviews: Reissues etc: Other releases: Sid, say hello to Shabba...", The Observer
, p. 67. 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.(August 11, 1996). "Never mind the legacy: Here's the Sex Pistols", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
, p. G1. 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.
Recordings of the concert, which included covers of Frank Sinatra's "My Way
" and The Stooges
' "I Wanna Be......