In January 1978, at the end of a turbulent tour of the United States, Rotten left the band and announced its break-up.
Over the next several months, the three other band members recorded songs for Mc Laren's film version of the Sex Pistols' story, The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle.
The group had been rehearsing regularly, overseen by Mc Laren's friend Bernard Rhodes, and had performed publicly for the first time.
Soon after Mc Laren's return, Nightingale was kicked out of the band and Jones, uncomfortable as frontman, took over guitar duties.
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.
Their concerts repeatedly faced difficulties with organizers and authorities, and public appearances often ended in mayhem.
Through an obscenity-laced television interview in December 1976 and their May 1977 single "God Save the Queen", attacking Britons' social conformity and deference to the Crown, they precipitated one of the more significant pop culture–based moral panics.
The Sex Pistols originally comprised vocalist Johnny Rotten (John Lydon), guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock. Under the management of impresario Malcolm Mc Laren, the band provoked controversies that captivated Britain.
The Mc Laren–Westwood shop had opened in 1971 as Let It Rock, with a 1950s revival Teddy Boy theme.
It had been renamed in 1972 to focus on another revival trend, the rocker look associated with Marlon Brando.
The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band that formed in London in 1975.
They were responsible for initiating the punk movement in the United Kingdom and inspiring many later punk and alternative rock musicians.