Saturday, September 3: Rock Birthdays
Happy Birthday today (Sept. 3) to guitarist and founding Sex Pistols member Steve Jones. He's 61. Other rockers celebrating include Disturbed drummer Mike Wengren (45), King's X singer/bassist Doug Pinnick (66), and Grand Funk Railroad drummer/co-lead singer Don Brewer (68).
Sex Pistols are one of the most influential of all time, and they started the U.K. Punk movement in the 70’s. The original lineup featured John Lydon on vocals along with guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and bassist Glenn Matlock. Matlock would be replace by Sid Vicious in 1977. The band’s album Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols is a punk classic. Describing the album, Rolling Stone critic Charles M. Young stated: “Nevermind the Bollocks changed everything. There had never been anything like it before, and really there’s never been anything quite like it since. The closest was probably Nirvana, a band heavily influenced by the Sex Pistols.”
The original Sex Pistols lineup was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, but band members refused to attend the ceremony calling the museum quote “a piss stain”.