If the headline above caught you by surprise, it shouldn’t: After Daniel Radcliffe‘s splendid display of serious rap skills, we should always expect the unexpected from the Horns star.
Malcolm McLaren was responsible for some of the notorious British music of the 20th century, most notably managing punk icons The Sex Pistols, so it’s no surprise his funeral would be a less than reverent affair. The impresario’s body was wheeled through central London to St. Mary Magdalene’s church in a horse-drawn glass carriage, with his coffin reading “TOO FAST TO LIVE, TOO YOUNG TO DIE” (the guy made it to 64, but whatevs). The processional also included a double decker bus reading “CASH FROM CHAOS” and the destination “NOWHERE.”
Among those attending the service were ex-partner Dame Vivian Westwood and pal Sir Bob Geldof (from “the Queen’s fascist regime” to royal subjects in just over thirty years, folks), along with Adam Ant, whose original band was stolen by McLaren to become Bow Wow Wow in the early ’80s. While none of the Pistols attended (the band sued McLaren for royalties in the ’80s), guitarist Steve Jones was kind enough to send a telegram: “Dear Malcolm, did you take the money with you? Is it in the coffin? Do you mind if I come back tomorrow and dig you up?” (Jones also wrote “I owe you a lot for showing me a different side to life.”) Pay your respects in the gallery below.
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Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious was only 20 when he met Nancy Spungen in 1977. British punk god and veteran American groupie bonded instantly over their mutual passion for extreme drug use. Less than two years later, both were dead.
The story goes that the couple holed up in Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel after the Pistols broke up to binge on smack while planning Sid’s solo career. On October 12, 1978, Nancy was found in the couple’s bathroom, dead from a knife wound in her abdomen. Ten days later Sid slit his own wrist. He survived, but only to be charged with Nancy’s murder (the knife was traced back to him) before overdosing on February 2, 1979, at the home of his new girlfriend.
Speculation still swirls about both deaths. Some say that Sid’s overprotective mom injected him with a lethal dose of heroin to spare him from prison. Others maintain that it was drug dealers that stabbed Nancy. In his book Vicious: Too Fast to Live, Alan Parker argues that both were murdered by Rockets Redglare, an East Village actor and alleged drug dealer. Tragic? Yes. Totally sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll? Yeah, baby.