This incandescent UK punk band came together under the aegis of entrepreneur Malcolm McLaren during the summer of 1975. Periodically known as the Swankers, with lead vocalist Wally Nightingale, they soon metamorphosed into the Sex Pistols with a line-up comprising: Steve Jones (Stephen Phillip Jones, 3 September 1955, Shepherds Bush, London, England; guitar), Paul Cook (b. 20 July 1956, London, England; drums), Glen Matlock (b. 27 August 1956, Paddington, London, England; bass) and Johnny Rotten (b. John Joseph Lydon, 31 January 1956, London, England; vocals). By 1976 the band was playing irregularly around London and boasted a small following of teenagers, whose spiked hair, torn clothes and safety pins echoed the new fashion that McLaren was transforming into commodity. The groups gigs became synonymous with violence, which reached a peak during the 100 Clubs Punk Rock Festival when a girl was blinded in a glass-smashing incident involving the...
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