Glen Matlock (born 27 August 1956) is an English musician, and the original bass guitarist of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols; having been introduced to guitarist Steve Jones, and drummer Paul Cook while working in SEX, Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s clothing boutique in London. He is credited as a songwriter on 10 of the 12 songs on the Sex Pistols\' only album, Never Mind The Bollocks, and for bass and backing vocals on two songs on the album, “Anarchy In The UK,” and “God Save The Queen”.
Matlock left the band in late February 1977, with contemporary reports (given to news outlets by manager Malcolm McLaren) stating that he was “thrown out” because he liked the Beatles. The claim was fictional, with Steve Huey of AllMusic claiming that Matlock \"was even more enamored of The Faces and the mod groups prominently featured on London pirate radio in the late \'60s, as were Steve Jones and Paul Cook.\" In his self-penned book 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 film The Filth and the Fury, the band members generally agree that there was tension between Matlock and vocalist Johnny Rotten, which Matlock suggests was further aggravated by Malcolm McLaren in an attempt to generate chaos within the band as a creative mechanism. In the 2002 Classic Albums documentary about Never Mind the Bollocks, Jones stated that in retrospect, pushing Matlock out of the band was a mistake, and that the group would have recorded more albums if Matlock had stayed in the band.
After leaving the Sex Pistols, Matlock went on to form Rich Kids, with himself as bass guitarist and singer, Midge Ure (guitarist, singer and keyboard player), Steve New (guitarist and singer) and Rusty Egan (drummer). They released three singles and one album entitled Ghosts Of Princes in Towers.
Also during this time, Matlock and New would play with Sid Vicious in the one-off band Vicious White Kids as part of a benefit performance in London, to help pay for Sid’s travel expenses back to America.
After Rich Kids, Matlock would go on to form the short-lived Spectres, and then Hot Club. Matlock also played bass on the Iggy Pop album Soldier, and The Damned album Not Of This Earth.
In 1996, Matlock recorded and released his first solo album Who\'s He Think He Is When He\'s at Home? On Creation Records. However, the album’s release was overshadowed by Matlock rejoining the original Sex Pistols members for the first of their many reunion tours (1996, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008).
Beginning in the early ‘00s, Matlock would then assemble many short-lived groups including The Philistines, Dead Men Walking (feat. Mike Peters of The Alarm, Kirk Brandon of Theatre of Hate, and Pete Wylie of Wah!), and Slinky Vagabond (feat. Earl Slick, and Clem Burke).
In January 2010, Glen Matlock reformed Rich Kids for a one-off benefit concert in aid of Steve New. He was joined on stage by original members Rusty Eagan, and Midge Ure, as well as Mick Jones of The Clash, and Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet. New would later die of cancer on 24 May 2010.
That same year, Matlock was asked to join a reformed Faces, and then in April 2011, he stood in on bass for Primal Scream at the Japan Tsunami appeal concert at Brixton Academy in London.
In late 2011, The International Swingers, a band comprising Matlock, Clem Burke, James Stevenson and Gary Twinn, was formed. The band, based in Los Angeles, toured Australia and the USA, and released a self titled album in 2015.
In 2012, Matlock made his acting debut in British drama film The Paddy Lincoln Gang, performing a scene at a live Faces concert.
In 2017, Matlock joined a touring punk supergroup L.A.M.F. featuring Heartbreakers member Walter Lure, Clem Burke of Blondie, and Social Distortion\'s Mike Ness to pay tribute to the 40th Anniversary of Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers‘ classic LP, 1977’s L.A.M.F.
In 2018, Matlock released the critically acclaimed solo album Good To Go. A more stripped back, and almost rockabilly-styled album featuring legendary guitarist Earl Slick (David Bowie / John Lennon) and drummer Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats). The track “Keep On Pushing,” from the album was deemed “Best Song In The Universe Ever” on Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio show (Sirius XM).
In April of 2022, Matlock was asked to join legendary New York band Blondie for their UK and US tours. Matlock remains a touring member of the group and is currently slated to appear on their forthcoming 2023 new studio album.
In the summer of 2022, FX / Disney+ released the Danny Boyle directed Sex Pistols’ drama series Pistol (based on the Steve Jones autobiography ‘Lonely Boy’). Matlock was portrayed by actor Christian Lees in the series.
In late 2022, Matlock signed a new worldwide solo record deal with Cooking Vinyl, which will see the label release Glen’s long-awaited, timely and politically pertinent new solo album Consequences Coming on April 27, 2023. A first single and video from the record “Head On A Stick” are slated to be released on January 27, 2023.
“The album was written and recorded in Britain over the last 18 months or so with a posse of seasoned but on point performers.” says Matlock. “All done during the debacle that is Brexit and the rise and fall of the turgid Trump episode in the US. These songs reflect my take on the whole sorry mess that has ensued.”
Matlock elaborates on the album, “Now the wheels of the music business can sometimes move at a lugubrious, glacial pace, and sometimes the moment might be lost but seeing no break in the clouds or clear light at the end of the tunnel, surely the only demand on people’s lips should be that there are ‘Consequences Coming’ for the fat headed oafs who have foisted their asinine warped sensibilities on us.”
“The tunes are pretty catchy too…”
· 1996 Who\'s He Think He Is When He\'s at Home?
· 2000 Open Mind
· 2004 On Something
· 2010 Born Running
· 2013 Rattle Your Cage: The Best of Glen Matlock & The Philistines
· 2018 Good to Go
· 2023 Consequences Coming
GLEN MATLOCKBIOGRAPHYwww.glenmatlock.co.ukSinger Songwriter Punk PioneerForever changing rock \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'n\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' roll history as chief songwriter with the Sex Pistols, theevolving path walked by Glen Matlock remains unbound by genre, geography, &task.His contribution to the Sex Pistols, and thus culture itself, is well documented.Penning the anthem Pretty Vacant, arguably the most famous punk song ever,Glen wrote the music to all the Sex Pistols classics, including Anarchy In The UKand God Save TheQueen, creating the benchmarks for any aspiring rock bandwho followed in their wake. Periodic Sex Pistols reunions have allowed the worldthe chance to see Glen reaffirm his rightful position as the cornerstone of thePistols. The Sex Pistols, however, represent only a fraction of Glen\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s legacy.His next band, the Rich Kids, put out one of the most influential albums of thelate 70s, Ghosts Of Princes In Towers, packed full of rock ‘n’ pop gems. Workingwith Iggy Pop, (who recorded Glen’s song Ambition),during the 80s kept himsharp and sought-after with a body of work during this period giving rise toreleases by bands such as The Spectres and Hot Club. In the 1990s Glenemerged as a solo force to be reckoned with. His album Who’s He Think He IsWhen He’s At Home? recorded for Creation Records, home of Oasis, was a full-on guitar album, blistering in its intensity, taking everyone by surprise. Notcontent to kick up his heels, the reinvention continued with a series of finealbums by his band project, The Philistines.Invigorated in the wake of the Pistols re-emergence, Glen continued to recordsongs to rival those on Never Mind The Bollocks for swagger and craft. OpenMind, On Something, & Born Running were albums showcasing the full spectrumof Glen’sprowess. Pile drivers rubbed shoulders with reflective refrains &personal lyrics. One highlight, Hey Mister, was seized upon by BBC radio.It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s not just Glen\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s solo work that sets him apart from the pack. Headhunted byartists from all backgrounds andstyles, both in the U.K. and abroad, has seenhim not merely contribute, but shape some of the coolest sounds around.Acclaimed cutting edge albums by Wendy James, Viv Albertine, InternationalSwingers, and King Mob have been enriched by his input, while his own studioprojects with Earl Slick & Slim Jim Phantom show a continuing rich vein ofinspirational song writing.
In 2018, with both Earl & Slim Jim on board, he released Good To Go, a soloalbum that garnered a string of positive press reviews andfeedback from fans,many believing it to be his best body of work to date. It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s no coincidence thatGlen\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s resurgence is mirrored by his frequent appearances on TV, from The OneShow, The Wright Stuff and even the quiz show Pointless, where he proved aformidable contestant alongside Slim Jim Phantom. Glen was also the figureheadfor the Anarchy Arias project in which songs from the punk era underwenttransformation into classical mini masterpieces.Always in demand live, Glen has heeded the call from allcorners of the musicalworld, whether it be the rockabilly of Robert Gordon or reformed Faces. Hisknack of continual inspiration and invention comes in part from his belief in justgetting out there and engaging. Picking up his guitar and delivering an acousticset, either in his beloved London, or some far flung outpost in the global rockuniverse, keeps Glen grounded and in tune with life and its stories.Keen to expand his world view and experience, Glen has developed a niche inDJ sets guesting in nightclubs in countries as geographically dispersed as Braziland Italy. In 2018 Glen became one of the first UK musicians to perform in SouthKorea\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Demilitarized Zone, a feat which brought much attention in the media,including BBC News.At the start of 2018, Glen was a guest on the sold out European Tour withDropkick Murphy\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s and Flogging Molly, and having just played to a sold out 100Club featuring Earl Slick, Chris Spedding and Neal X, all of whom guested on thenew album, plus a five night residency at the esteemed venue of Boisdales, youwill find him constantly on the road.Glen has also performed at the prestigious DMZ Peace Festival on the North /South Korean border, hosted by the mayor of Seoul. Returning to Korea for theAnzari Festival inSeoul; performed in Mumbai; completed a sold out 5 night solotour of Sweden and has been publicising his latest album with personalappearances in Italy and Japan while at his Parisian showcase, art worldGlitterati such as Sophie Calle and Grayson Perrywere seen singing along injoyous enthusiasm.Further to this 2019 is already beckoning with shows in South America inJanuary and invitations to play in California soon after.‘Keep On Pushing’ from ‘Good To Go’ was recently featured as ‘Best Song inThe Universe Ever’ for the last week of November on Stevie Van Zandt’sunderground garage show on Sirius XM, which is broadcast across America andaround the world.
Passing on his vast knowledge and experience to others has become importantto Glen (his two sons are making musical waves of their own) and he has latterlyembraced college music teaching and motivational speaking. This seems fittingfor one of the most famous, yet grounded, musicians to emerge at the forefront ofthe most turbulent and celebrated musical upheaval in rock \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'n\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' roll.History is, thank God, not what Glen Matlock is about. Embracing the past, butconstantly seeking out the new, musically, professionallyand personally, keepsGlen out of his comfort zone, and at his best. Alive and alert.-Phil Singleton