She pushed her way in with the emerging punk crowd — meeting seminal rockers like Johnny Thunders and Cheetah Chrome. Punk was supposed to piss off everybody and make people think. The two met in London in and quickly became an item. The couple rattled around the U. And then, on October 12th, , year-old Spungen bled to death on the bathroom floor of a room in the Chelsea Hotel in New York.
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He achieved fame as a member of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols , replacing Glen Matlock , who had fallen out of favour with the rest of the group. Due to intravenous drug use , Vicious was hospitalised with hepatitis during the recording of the Sex Pistols' only studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols ; his bass is only partially featured on one song - "Bodies". Vicious later appeared as a lead vocalist, performing three songs, on the soundtrack to The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle , a largely fictionalised documentary about the Sex Pistols. As the Sex Pistols were gaining attention, Vicious met Nancy Spungen , and the pair entered a relationship which culminated in Spungen's death from an apparent stab wound while staying in New York City 's Hotel Chelsea with Vicious. Under suspicion of murder, Vicious was released on bail; he was arrested again for assaulting Todd Smith, brother of Patti Smith , at a nightclub, and underwent drug rehabilitation on Rikers Island. He died in after overdosing on heroin.
Raised as Jewish in Philadelphia , Spungen was an emotionally disturbed child who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age After being expelled from college, she went to London at the height of the punk rock craze and became involved with Sid Vicious. The press soon labelled Spungen "Nauseating Nancy" for her shocking behavior. After the Sex Pistols disbanded, the couple moved to New York City and checked into the Hotel Chelsea where they spent their time consuming drugs. In October , Spungen was found dead in the bathroom of the couple's room, of a single stab wound to the abdomen.
Wikimedia Commons Nancy Spungen in the late s. In the early hours of Oct. Given the clientele at the Chelsea Hotel in the 70s, screams, moans, and cries were hardly unusual. Before her untimely demise, Nancy Spungen was a pretty, year-old girl from Philadelphia who had just moved to the big city. She was also a groupie and a hardcore partier in the punk music scene.