Sid Vicious Plays Drums for Siouxsie And The Banshees.
Above Photo Sid on drums at Siouxsie and the Banshees’ first gig in 1976. (Ray Stevenson).
In the early days of Punk, inspired by the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie Sioux (vocals) and Steve Severin (bass) bravely decided to give music a go when a band cancelled at the 100 Club Punk Festival in London in September 1976. This, despite the fact they had no name, no existing band, no songs and only two members.
So they recruited Sid Vicious to play drums and a guitarist called Marco Pirroni to play with them that night. They ended up playing a 20 minute jam of The Lord’s Prayer, which went down well enough to see them invited back not long afterwards.
And the rest, as they say, is musical history.
But again it proves back then, when Punk made virtually anything seem possible, people who had the courage to just get up there and express themselves musically, in spite of all obstacles, often became incredibly successful musicians.
This ‘just fucking do it’ mentality is also chronicled in my Punk and New Wave menoir, Bombed Out! – in all its glory and its gory.
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