English to the core, Matlock was born and bred in Paddington, London.
Always in the thick of London culture, at the tender age of 16 and shortly before attending St Martins art school, Glen was not only hanging out but working in Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s Teddy boy shop on Kings Rd ‘Let it Rock,
There he overheard a conversation with erstwhile pilferers, Steve Jones and Paul Cook saying they were looking for a bass player for their then-fledgling band. McLaren stepped in as manager and once Johnny Rotten had been recruited, the Sex Pistols were in business and kick-started a huge cultural shift in English music’s worldwide platform as well as the building blocks of a full teenage rebellion against as the saw it, the dull and mundane.
Glen’s input into the band’s songs and together with mostly but not all of John’s lyrics, music suddenly had substance and guts as British punk rock was now born and the rest, as they say, is history.
On leaving the Sex pistols in 1977, after having written or co-written the vast majority of the sex Pistol’s repertoire that appeared on their sole studio album Never Mind the Bollocks, Glen then formed the Rich Kids who together with Midge Ure enjoyed a respectable amount of chart success but were a big influence on the new wave bands that were appearing in punk’s wake.
Following this Glen has gone on to play with a multitude of respected musicians who either had or were influenced by him. Iggy Pop, Primal Scream, The Faces, Johnny Thunders, Mick Ronson & Ian Hunter as well as continually working as an in-demand bass player on too many projects to list here.
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