About Glen Matlock


Glen Matlock is an English musician best known for being the bass guitarist in the original line-up of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols. He is credited as a co-author on 10 of the 12 songs on Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, although he had left the band while the album was being recorded. He left the band in 1977 over creative differences with the other band members.


Since leaving the Sex Pistols in 1977, he has performed with several other bands, as well has his own solo work. After the death of his replacement in the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, Matlock has resumed bass guitar duties for subsequent Sex Pistols reunions, including the 1996 Filthy Lucre Tour, the 2002 concert to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, their 2003 North American Piss Off Tour and their 2007–2008 UK and Europe Combine Harvester Tour.


Matlock attended Saint Martin's School of Art until 1974. He was the original bass player of the Sex Pistols, having been introduced to guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook while working in SEX, Malcolm McLaren's clothing boutique in London. He is credited as co-writer on 10 of the 12 songs appearing on the album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. However, his overall contribution to these songs has been disputed: Jones said in a 2011 interview he was "tired of Matlock's claims that he had co-written some of the punk icon's biggest tunes", stating that he himself had written as many songs as Matlock, whilst Matlock himself notes in his book that the band only wrote two songs after his departure. According to a 2014 interview, he played a big role in writing the songs that appeared on the album and Cook has stated that Matlock wrote most of the songs appearing on the album, but whilst Jones has insisted that Matlock disliked many of Johnny Rotten's controversial lyrics, Matlock has said that he had no issue with them.


Matlock left the band in late February 1977, with contemporary reports stating that he was 'thrown out' because he "liked the Beatles". Although Matlock has said that one of his biggest influences is The Faces, the Beatles anecdote is fictional. A claim made at the time by Jones, that he thought it was bizarre that Matlock was "always washing his feet", has also been misquoted and misinterpreted as the cause of Matlock's firing from the group.


In his autobiography, I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol, Matlock stated that he left the band of his own volition as he was "sick of all the bullshit". In the 2000 documentary The Filth and the Fury, the band members generally agree that there was tension between Matlock and Rotten, which Matlock suggests was further aggravated by Malcolm McLaren in an attempt to generate chaos within the band as a creative mechanism.


In his autobiography, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, John Lydon stated that Matlock worked on Sex Pistols material , after he had left the band, as a paid session musician ; however, Matlock denied the "session musician" label, stating that all but two of the songs appearing on the album had already been recorded as singles or b-sides before his departure. Music historian David Howard states that Matlock did not perform on any of the Never Mind the Bollocks recording sessions. In the Classic Albums documentary about Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Jones states that he believes the group would have made more albums if Matlock had stayed in the band and they hadn't done the Bill Grundy TV interview. Matlock was replaced by Sid Vicious.


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Glen Matlock", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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