16 Truly Disturbing Moments That Made Punk Rocker Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols Live Up to His Name

English bassist and singer Sid Vicious (1957 – 1979) with girlfriend Nancy Spungen (1958 – 1978) in the backstage of the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London, UK, 15th August 1978. Photo by Aubrey Hart/Evening Standard/Getty Images

12. Vicious Wrote An Ode to His Girlfriend Before Her Death

While Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen had a complicated, drug-focused and often violent relationship, there is little doubt that they loved each other. Despite the frequent beatings that left Spungen with a broken nose and torn ear, among other injuries and the verbal abuse that likely profoundly hurt the victim of child abuse in Vicious, he penned a loving tribute to Spungen in the days leading up to her death.

In 1978, only months before her untimely and unsolved death by an abdominal stab wound, Vicious wrote a list of things he loved about Spungen on a piece of tattered notebook paper. In a charming touch, he numbered the items and underlined the title as though he were writing an English composition for school.

In the list, Vicious praised her beauty, figure, sense of humor, wit, eyes and fashion sense along with raunchier items that will remain unmentioned. While their relationship was profoundly unhealthy and Vicious doubtlessly committed a great deal of domestic violence, there was a core of love somewhere in the union, even if buried deep. The abused, battered heart of a person still capable of love inside Vicious made a brief appearance in the lines of that tattered note.