An advertisement was placed in Melody Maker for a "Whizz Kid Guitarist. Not worse looking than Johnny Thunders" (referring to a leading member of the New York punk scene).Steve New was considered the one talented guitarist to have tried out and the band invited him to join. After considering options such as Le Bomb, Subterraneans, the Damned, Beyond, Teenage Novel, Kid Gladlove, and Crème de la Crème, they decided on Sex Pistols—a shortened form of the name they had apparently been working under informally.When those plans fell through, Mc Laren, Rhodes and the band began looking locally for a new member to assume the lead vocal duties. John had something special, but when he started talking he was a real arsehole—but smart." When the pub closed, the group moved on to Sex, where Lydon, who had given little thought to singing, was convinced to improvise along to Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" on the shop jukebox.
They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians.Vicious died of a heroin overdose in February 1979, following his arrest for the alleged murder of his girlfriend.In 1996, Rotten, Jones, Cook and Matlock reunited for the Filthy Lucre Tour; through 2008, they staged further reunion shows and tours.Journalist Nick Kent of the New Musical Express (NME) jammed occasionally with the band, but left upon Lydon's recruitment."When I came along, I took one look at him and said, 'No. "He's never written a good word about me ever since." In September, Mc Laren again helped hire private rehearsal space for the group, who had been practising in pubs.Everybody was brought up with an education system that told you point blank that if you came from the wrong side of the tracks..you had no hope in hell and no career prospects at all.Out of that came pretentious moi and the Sex Pistols and then a whole bunch of copycat wankers after us.According to a later account by Jones, both he and Cook played on instruments they had stolen.and Malcolm Mc Laren and Vivienne Westwood's Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die.According to journalist and former Mc Laren employee Phil Strongman, around this time the band adopted the name QT Jones and the Sex Pistols (or QT Jones & His Sex Pistols, as one Rhodes-designed T-shirt put it).Mc Laren had been talking with the New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain about coming over to England to front the group. He had his 'I Hate Pink Floyd' T-shirt on, and it was held together with safety pins.