Maker, 20th October 1978
from an interview which took place shortly after Sid Vicious was charged with
the murder of Nancy Spungen.
he start doing heroin as son as he joined the band?
as soon he had money. Before that it was just speed and silly things that
dont make much difference to your life anyway. But then he was impressed
by this groupie from New York like most silly arseholes he had this delusion
about New York being the hip place, man, where it all happens, and it doesnt,
its a shithole, its just one big Dingwalls.
do you think about what's happened to Sid, John?
care (Long silence.)
must have some reaction?
(as if it reluctantly he goes on) I dont see why I should have any feelings
about it at all. You see Sid decided quite some time ago that he was going to
become an arsehole, and he did.
did you stop being close to him? When he met Nancy?
that fucking heroin shit, it just got on my nerves. I mean, yeah, people take
it once in a while, but not every fucking day. And then that decadence trip that
he got into, you know, cutting himself and ugh! Its nothing.
you didnt want him to do any of that on stage in America?
It was boring, it was fucking silly. He couldnt play the bass and it made
doing gigs just a waste of time cos I had no idea what was going on behind
me. There was no tune that I could pick out on one song sounded very much
like any other one. It just all became pointless.
dont you feel sad that a former friends in that position now?
sure Malcolms looking after his best interests, e.g. hes going to
make a wonderful film out of it.
get him out on bail just to make an album that sickening.
try and make a bigger c--t out of Sid than he is already. Malcolm wouldnt
even put up the bail himself, the record companies had to do it thats
how great Malcolm is. And then he goes to the press saying Im doing
everything I can to help Sid when all hes doing is making a film.
Let face it, if Sid gets fucking life thats a perfect ending for Malcolms
RocknRoll Swindle. So I have no comment, cos nothing I can say
or do will change that situation
you understand? Before, what I said was against the public image of things in
the Sid affair. Sid to me is a mate. Hes always been a dodo. Ive known
him a long while, but I wont comment on that kind of scandal. Its
nothing it to do with me and him. He been manipulated that is the
problem. Most people are just accepting that he did it, and Malcolm is doing nothing
to solve that. Was it the Express that quoted him as saying Sid has always had
a bad public image and tendency to be violent? He did him no favours. Sid isnt
capable of killing her. Its not possible.
even in an extreme moment?
it is not possible. Full Stop. It sounds so corny when you say a victim
of circumstance. I wont comment, I dont want to be printed as
saying anything about it. God, its so difficult. Say it was a close friend
of yours and the press wanted a comment because its good press. You feel
so bad. I dont want to know - I just want to keep out. Malcolms making
a lot of money out of Sids personal tragedy, and that offends me. Theres
not too much I can do about it either, its as simple as that.
and compiled by Phil Singleton.
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