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living in: sid and nancy

by amym

Sid and Nancy were punk rock’s Romeo and Juliet. Star-crossed lovers aside, the infamous couple crashed and burned all across the world in the late 1970s. Nancy was the Sex Pistols’ Yoko Ono — reviled by fans and fated for disaster. Sid, well, he was tragic from the start. Skipping over the methadone clinics and vomit and blood (which account for much of their relationship), it couldn’t hurt to use them as a spring board to add a bit of punk polish to your life. — Amy Merrick

1. Oval Gilt Mirror, $450; 2. Temperley Leather Jacket, $818; 3. Claw Bottle Opener, $24; 4. Red Spray Paint, $6; 5. Studded Armchair, $799; 6. Rotary Phone, $80; 7. Triangle Studs, $30; 8. Studded Bracelet, $72; 9. Rebecca Minkoff Bag, $348

More Sid & Nancy after the jump!

Drugs, violence and tragedy — not high on the quality-of-life scale. It’s Sid and Nancy’s snippets of London and New York at peak punk velocity that make up for the sad mess, and they’re what we’ll focus on instead. The general game plan for us going forward? Put studs on everything.

1. Tom Binns Studded Ring, $172; 2. Ceramic Coffee Cup, $12; 3. Adoptable Tabby Kittens, 4. Woldford Tights, $62; 5. Topshop Flats, $56; 6. Tour Poster Sticker, $3; 8. Eames Eiffel Chair, $349; 9. Checker Cab Model, $49

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  • Never saw the movie. Having read the book Nancy Spungen’s mother wrote about Nancy’s lifelong struggle with out-of-control behavior issues and the fallout in the family after her death, I never had the desire to. No sense glorifying domestic violence, which is really the heart of Sid & Nancy’s story.

  • Sid & Nancy is in poor taste, and that’s why people watch it and like it. It’s not intellectual, it’s a fucked up drug fueled love and death story. The knife is as much a part of it as the vial of poison in Romeo & Juliet.

  • I think I missed the part where Romeo was abusive, and then he blacked out and murdered Juliet…..must have skipped ahead.

  • Perhaps you’re too young to have any first-hand context, but comparing Nancy Spungen to Yoko Ono is WAY off base. The similarity would end at “her lover’s band-mates didn’t care for her”, full stop. Nancy was truly just a groupie. Some believe that she was bad for Sid, others believe that it was his drug addiction that destroyed her. At any rate, Yoko had much more going for her and it’s a poor generalisation to make.

  • Great movie. Saw it in my teen years when it hit the screen. Wow does Gary O look so young ! Cause he was. One of my fave actors. Great inspiration, but as we all know “PUNK ROCK WILL NEVER DIE !!”

  • I never saw the movie, but I know most of the story and you certainly must be bold to write about it. Which is excellent! Great writers should speak their hearts and not worry about just pleasing the majority of their readers. That said, the only thing I don’t agree is the comparison to Yoko. Nancy was just a self-destructive teenager and Yoko was (and still is) an incredibly inteligent woman, a revolutionary artist and a great person. The reason why the Beatles didn’t like her was, much simply, because she was a great musical producer and was interested in things far more radical than they could follow. She turned John into a happier and more talented man. And, of course, the couple were in it for peace, love and happiness (both for themselves and for the world), never for self-destruction or pain. But this post is really nice. It’s always good to bring something that starts discussion!

  • I cringed at first at putting S+N on the Living in series. But then I thought, well we’re celebrating the era and the production design which was great. This was a tragic story. It should really be watched firsthand. There are no heroes and no villains. It was drug-fueled f*ck up from both parties beginning to end. This is when I fell in heart with G. Oldman and let’s not forget Chloe Webb as Nancy!

  • I absolutely adore Sid and Nancy – and I’m glad that I came across this – believe it or not, after researching DONUT recipes!!!! It’s nice to see that the people that I grew up with are not forgotten even though they’ve been gone a long long time. I still wear my leather motorcycle jacket and have silver studs on my black flats and my boots LOL. The style will never go away, it’s a kind of underground, cult following that has been “in” since the 70’s! Thanks for taking another generation on the Sid and Nancy tour :)

  • The 70’s underground/punk scene in NYC is one of the places/times I’d visit if I ever had a time machine. I was just a bit too young to be part of it Talk about a vibrant culture with a unique style! Oh, and the music… to die for!! This is a great movie, and the first thing I saw the amazing Gary Oldman in.

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