Monday, May 10, 2010

Make room for a real Pistol

He couldn't play the bass guitar worth a damn, was in a band less than two years and died of a heroin overdose at age 21 while on bail for murder charges. How did he make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

He was Sid Vicious, aka John Simon Ritchie, who would have been 53 today if not for the needle and the damage that was done. He was a member of the Sex Pistols.  A poster boy for punk rock.

And though not a founding member of the Pistols, Vicious was included when the Hall came calling in 2006.  Not that the band, which was inducted with Black Sabbath, Lynrd Skynyrd and Blondie, thought much of the honor. In a message posted on their web page at the time they called the Hall "a piss stain" and defiantly declared:  "Were not coming. Your not paying attention."

Those Pistols.

We're making a wild guess that Vicious might not have cared much for being included in today's Birthday Band lineup. And that's fine.  Mother Maybelle can play bass.

Mother Maybelle Carter (1909-1978): Singer/musician, Carter Family
Keep on the Sunny Side, Foggy Mountain Top, A Jilted Love

Henry Fambrough (1938): Singer, Spinners
I’ll Be Around, Could It Be I’m Falling in Love, Rubberband Man

Danny Rapp (1941-1983): Singer, Danny and the Juniors
At the Hop, Rock and Roll is Here to Stay

Donovan (1946): Singer/songwriter
Mellow Yellow, Sunshine Superman, Atlantis

Dave Mason (1946): Singer/songwriter
Alone Together, Hole in My Shoe, Just for You, Feelin’ Alright, We Just Disagree

Jay Ferguson (1947):  Singer, Spirit
I Got a Line on You, Nature’s Way; group: Jo Jo Gunne

Sid Vicious (1957-1979): Bass, Sex Pistols
Anarchy in the U.K., God Save the Queen, Pretty Vacant

Bono (1960): Singer, U2
Sunday Bloody Sunday, Pride [In the Name of Love], With You or Without You

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