4: The Evening News reports that the band has shocked and revolted passengers
on their flight to Amsterdam. The band mime to Anarchy In The UK on the 'Disco
Circus' TV show. 'Disco Circus' came from an old circus tent in Oud-Valkeveen.
January 5: Lantaren Venster, Governeurstratt 133, Rotterdam.
January 6: Paradiso Club, Amsterdam (recorded). Set List: Anarchy In The UK / I Wanna
Be Me / Seventeen / New York / Satellite / God Save The Queen / Substitute / No
Feelings / Pretty Vacant / Liar / Problems.
7: Paradiso Club, Amsterdam. This is Glen Matlock's last concert with the Sex
Pistols until the reunion in 1996.
17th to 20th, 24th, 26th & 28th at Gooseberry Studios / Eden Studios, London.
The band work with producer Dave Goodman. Tracks recorded: God Save the Queen
/ Problems / Pretty Vacant / Liar / EMI / New York.
The session will later
appear on the "Spunk" bootleg album and is now available on official
20: Malcolm McLaren meets A&M records.
22: The contract between the band and EMI is officially terminated.
27: Sex Pistols and Malcolm McLaren meet people from Warner Bros.
date unknown): A studio
session is filmed (partial) in the end of the month. A part of it features in
"The Filth & The Fury" movie with Johnny Rotten singing God Save
French music magazine BEST reviews the Punk movement in England with a 2 page
article about the Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Damned called "Anarchie
4: Talks take place regarding Johnny Rotten's friend and band's fan Sid Vicious
(from Flowers Of Romance and Siouxsie and the Banshees) replacing Glen Matlock
in the band.
13: A phone call interview with Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen is
broadcast on KROQ radio.
28: A telegram from Malcolm McLaren tells the press that Glen Matlock has been
sacked from the band. Glen later counters this by saying he left of his own accord,
and McLaren tried to persuade him to stay. He is replaced by Sid Vicious. Glen
goes on to re-sign with EMI with a new band, the Rich Kids.
Wessex studios, London. Producer: Chris Thomas. Steve Jones plays most of the
1: The band is rehearsing.
3: Wessex studios, London. Record EMI, God Save The Queen, Did You No Wrong, Pretty Vacant. This version of Did You No Wrong is available on CD2 of the NMTB Super Deluxe Boxset released in September 2012.
4: Wessex Sound Studios, London.
5: Photo session. The Sex Pistols are photographed by Malcolm McLaren and Jamie
The band signs a new recording contract with A&M records.
10: Sex Pistols re-sign the contract with A&M in front of Buckingham Palace
for the press and British television. This can be seen in "The Great Rock
'N' Roll Swindle". The band is also filmed inside the Sex shop with Vivienne
Westwood being interviewed (this features in the "Number One" film).
A press conference takes place at the Regent Palace in London.
11 (March 12?):The band is filmed rehearsing. No Feelings features (incomplete)
in "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle".
the night of March 11th to March 12th, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious and friend Jah
Wobble are at the Speakeasy, London. Trouble flares with Old Grey Whistle Test's
presenter Bob Harris and his sound engineer George Nicholson. Sid Vicious fights
with Nicholson and injures him in the head with a broken bottle.
16: The band is sacked by A&M records. The single God Save The Queen / No
Feelings (AMS 7284) will never be sold in the shops. Only a few original copies
exist. In 2003 counterfeit copies surfaced and the single is now available in
different vinyl colours.
A press conference takes place in Glitterbest offices
with Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols. A part of this press conference features
in "The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle".
17: The Evening Standard reports the Sex Pistols have been sacked by A&M records.
March 21: Notre Dame's
Hall, London (filmed): This is Sid Vicious' first gig as a Pistol. The
band is filmed by an NBC TV crew. It's not a public show, only a few
people are here. Parts of Problems can be seen in the "New Elizabethan"
documentary and NBC "Time and Again" programme.
March 25-27: The Sex
Pistols are in Berlin for a holiday. They are filmed in front of the
Berlin wall. The footage can be seen in "The Filth & The Fury"
movie. It is during this stay in Germany that the band has the idea for
a new song, Holidays In The Sun.
26: Articles appear in Melody Maker and Sounds about A&M sacking the band.
(exact date unknown): A photo session takes place with photographer Janette Beckman
in the early days of March. Some of these pictures feature in various books such
as "The Inside Story" by Fred & Judy Vermorel.
radio broadcasts a phone call interview with Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten recorded
around the day the band signed with A&M.
3: Screen On The Green, London (recorded + filmed). Set List: God Save The Queen
/ I Wanna Be Me / Seventeen / New York / Satellite / EMI / Liar / Pretty Vacant
/ Problems / No Feelings / Anarchy In The UK / God Save The Queen.
band: The Slits. The film "Sex Pistols Number One" is shown before the
concert. The concert is reviewed in the press by Jon Savage.
Don Letts films
the concert with his super 8 camera and parts of the footage can be seen in "The
Punk Rock Movie": God Save The Queen (encore) / Seventeen (incomplete) /
Liar (incomplete) / Pretty Vacant (partial) / New York (incomplete) / God Save
Satellite (partial) appears in "Punk Attitude", the Don
Bootleg available: "Sid's Debut" LP (Nasty Nasty).
12: The band is interviewed by Mike Flood Page.
14: Photo session for German magazine Bravo and photographer Adrian Boot.
April 21:Wessex Sound Studios, London. Recording of Problems, No Feelings, Liar, Seventeen. Seventeen is available on CD2 of NMTB Super Deluxe Boxset.
April 22: Wessex Sound Studios, London. Recording of Satellite, New
York, Submission, Holidays In The Sun, EMI. All tracks except New York
available on available on CD2 of NMTB Super Deluxe Boxset.
26: Wessex Sound Studios, London, minus Sid Vicious. Japanese journalists from
Kodansha magazine are in the studios. They interview Steve Jones, Paul Cook and
Johnny Rotten, and another person (maybe John Rambo?). After the interview, all
three members perform two songs recorded by one of the journalists: No Feelings
/ Problems. Some pictures of this event also exist.
6: Wessex studios, London.
13: The Sex Pistols minus Sid Vicious sign a recording contract with Virgin Records.
Sid Vicious, who is in hospital, will sign the contract a few days later.
May 16: Wessex Sound Studios, London. Recording of Seventeen
(available on CD2 of NMTB Super Deluxe Boxset), Pretty Vacant, Holidays
In The Sun, New York, Liar, Problems.
22: The band is making the video of God Save The Queen at the Marquee Club, London.
Photographer Dennis Morris takes pictures which are available in the books "Rebel
Rock" and "Destroy".
24: Photo session with photographer Barry Plummer. The band encounters some trouble
with a policeman in the street.
26: Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren, Sophie Richmond and Julien Temple are in Paris
for showing the "Number One" film at Le Palace.
27: Release of the God Save The Queen / Did You No Wrong single on Virgin records
Steve Jones and Johnny Rotten are on the front page of the NME.
4: Melody Maker reports the event with the policeman during the photo session
of May 24.
7: Thames River boat party, London (filmed). This is an event to promote the new
single. The band plays Anarchy In The UK / Pretty Vacant / Problems. Parts can
be seen on various videos including the French release called "Acceleration
According to press reviews, the band also plays I Wanna Be Me,
Holidays In The Sun, No Fun and God Save the Queen. Some French journalists are
on the boat, including Philippe Manoeuvre from Rock & Folk (pictured with
Jordan by Dennis Morris) and people from Paris-Match. Pictures taken by Dennis
Morris are available in his book "Destroy". The police arrest several
people including Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood, Sophie Richmond and Jamie
June 11: Wessex Sound Studios, London. Holidays In The Sun, Body
(later Bodies) with Sid Vicious on bass. Both songs available on CD2 of NMTB Super Deluxe Boxset.
Sunday Mirror carries the front page headline "Punk Rock Jubilee Shocker".
13: Jamie Reid is attacked in London.
18: Wessex Sound Studios, London: Mixing of Bodies.
Johnny Rotten, Bill Price and Chris Thomas are attacked in London.
Savage reviews the Jubilee boat trip in Sounds magazine.
20: Paul Cook is attacked in London.