In 1978, on this day impresario Malcolm McLaren announced the reformation of the Sex Pistols with the dynamic twenty-three year old punk rocker Eddie Tudor-pole as the lead singer.
The Great Rock 'n' Roll SwindleFounded in London in 1975, the band had demonstrated huge potential despite their limited output; over the next two and half years, they produced only four singles and one studio album called Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.
Then in February, Johnny Rotten (real name John Lydon) quit and the remainder of the band focused on the somewhat incoherent mockumentary The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle. Guitarist Steve Jones plays a detective who - through a series of set piece acts - uncovers the truth about the band. Drummer Paul Cook and bass guitarist Sid Vicious play smaller roles, and the band's manager, Malcolm McLaren, is featured as "The Embezzler", the man who manipulates the Sex Pistols. Fugitive train robber Ronnie Biggs, performer Eddie Tudor-Pole, and actress Irene Handl also make appearances. Directed by Julien Temple and produced by Don Boyd and Jeremy Thomas, the movie suggests that Sex Pistols in particular and punk rock in general were an elaborate scam perpetrated by McLaren in order to make "a million pounds".
In the absence of Rotten, Tudor-pole sung "Who Killed Bambi?", "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" and a cover version of "Rock Around The Clock" in the film and on the soundtrack. Released in May 1980, the movie was a massive hit, with the Daily Express wrote "Maybe John Lydon & Co. need a reminder of how their song's should really sound?".