Known As: Nancy Spungen, Nauseating Nancy
Romantically Linked To: Sid Vicious, Aerosmith, The New York Dolls, and The Ramones (which exact members are unknown)
As a child she was hyperactive and reportedly exhibited violent behaviour towards
her younger sister Susan (food editor at Martha Stewart) and her brother David.
She is also alleged to have threatened to kill a babysitter and to have attacked her
mother with a hammer during a disagreement over seeing a movie. By age eleven she
had been expelled from the public school system and was receiving psychotherapy. She
reportedly attempted suicide several times and suffered from depression. Her family
sent her to various residential facilities for disturbed children.
She followed bands such as Aerosmith, The New York Dolls and The Ramones.
She later worked as a stripper in New York City, which sometimes involved prostitution.
She reportedly moved to London with the express purpose of winning over Jerry Nolan
of the New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers but met The Sex Pistols instead.
Lead singer Johnny Rotten introduced her to bassist Sid Vicious and they promptly
moved in together.
During a rocky 11-month relationship Spungen and Vicious abused heroin and other
drugs. Vicious was already an abuser of multiple drugs before he met Spungen but
many sources claim she introduced him to heroin, other sources claim that he had
begun to use heroin with his mother at an early age.
Vicious' emotional dependence on her is said to have interfered with the Sex Pistols'
performances and contributed to the band's breakup during their U.S. tour. Spungen
and Vicious moved to the famous Hotel Chelsea
Following accelerated drug abuse and reports of domestic violence the end came on
October 12, 1978 when Spungen was found sprawled on the bathroom floor of their
hotel room clad in a black bra and panties. It is likely the details of Spungen's death
will never be known. She had bled to death from a single stab wound to the abdomen,
later traced to a knife owned by Vicious. This was reportedly a "007" hunting knife he
had obtained after seeing Dee Dee Ramone give one to The Dead Boys' Stiv Bators.
Vicious was immediately arrested for murder. While free on bail he made several
remarks which were interpreted by some to be a confession. However, there was also
an issue of a stolen bank roll and possible involvement of drug dealers.
On February 2, 1979 Vicious died of a heroin overdose which has sometimes been
described as suicide.
Sid and Nancy (feature film)
The Filth And Fury (Bio)
And I Don't Want to Live This Life
* The hit song "Butterfly" by Crazy Town references Vicious and Spungen's relationship.
* The song "Jessica" by Dir en grey also mentions Vicious and Spungen.
* The song "Back Drop Nancy" by The Gazette features lyrics themed around Spungen.
* The Ramones songs "I Don't Want to Live This Life (Anymore)" and "Love Kills" and the Joe Strummer
song also titled "Love Kills" are about Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.
* The song "Love Kills" by Kasey Katz is a tribute to Nancy Spungen.
* The Dar Williams song "Alleluia" refers to the film Sid and Nancy.
* The Ministry song "Just One Fix" features a sound clip of Chloe Webb from the film Sid and Nancy. ("Never
trust a junkie.")
* The song "Sid & Nancy" by the Russian rock band Lumen also refers to their story.
* VH1 declared the incident one of the most shocking in rock and roll history.
* There is a New Zealand punk group called Stabbing Nancy. Another New Zealand band goes by the name Dead Vicious.
* There is a rock band from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines called Nuncyspungen.
* The song "Sid & Nancy" by the Polish singer Robert Gawlinski
* In Nathan Barley, Dan Ashcroft answers the buzzer using the name Nancy Spungen.
* References to Sid and Nancy appear quite frequently in the anime and manga "NANA" by Ai Yazawa.
* The song "Sid Vicious was innocent" by The Exploited.
* There are several references to Nancy Spungen and Sid and Nancy in the TV show Gilmore Girls, including the suggestion
that Lorelai was going to name her (fictional) twin babies Sid and Nancy, and the quote "Like I was holed up in the Chelsea
with a needle sticking out of my arm screaming 'Sid!' at the top of my lungs" from the episode "Application Anxiety"
(both in Season 3).
* The spoken part under the intro of the song "While You're Waiting" by the Alkaline Trio is lead singer
Matt Skiba reading from a newspaper article published about Spungen's murder.
* The song Swords and Knives taken from the Sowing the Seeds of Love album by Tears for Fears was written about Nancy.
* The song "Godspeed",by Anberlin on their album Cities, contains references to Nancy's death.