Glen Matlock was born on 27 Aug, 1956 in Paddington, London, United Kingdom.
He had attended the Saint Martin’s School of Art till 1974. Glen Matlock came from a working class background. His father was a semi-skilled factory worker. There was always a cash crunch and paying rent was difficult. When Glen Matlock was 11, he used to stack shelves at a local store every Saturday. This paid him 10 shillings each week.
He worked in the Malcolm McLaren’s clothing boutique, Let It Rock. While working there he got introduced to Steve Jones and Paul Cook, which made him the original bass player of the Sex Pistols. In the album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, 10 out of 12 songs have been co-written by him, as claimed by Matlock himself. There has been some controversy regarding how may songs he co-wrote as well as his dislik of John Lydon’s controversial lyrics, but Matlock has a major contribution to this album.
In 1976, the band had signed up with EMI. They were paid 40,000 pounds for this along with wages of 25 pounds a week besides the rent for the flat. Before this the band was having a hard time in trying to make ends meet. They did not have money for food even.
Matlock had left this band in February 1977. It was said that Matlock was fired from the group as he liked some other band better. But Matlock claimed later in his autobiography that he had left this band on his own. The band members do agree that there was some amount of tension between Matlock and Rotten. Also, Malcolm McLaren was always trying to pit these two men against one another. This had affected Matlock in a big way financially. Even though his wages while being a part of Sex pistols were just 25 pounds, he earned well through royalty for all the songs done by him. His notable instruments include Fender Precision Bass and Gibson EB-0.
Once Matlock left the group, he was replaced by Sid Vicious. The new group now was Rich Kids. This was a power pop band, and Sid Vicious was the bass guitarist and singer. It had Midge Ure as the guitarist, singer as well as the keyboard player), and Steve New was the guitarist and singer while Rusty Egan was the drummer. Post forming the Rich Kids, Sid Vicious formed the Spectres. This had Tom Robinson as the guitarist, and Danny Kustow, and later Mick Hanson. In 1982, he formed the Hot Club. It had James Stevenson as the guitarist and Steve Allen was the singer.
Matlock also worked on the the album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols as a paid session musician. Matlock also played bass with Sid Vicious in the band Vicious White Kids. He also played bass on the Iggy Pop album Soldier. Matlock played bass for the Damned album Not of This Earth, too.
Matlock was a part of the reunion tours of Sex pistols in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2007 as well as 2008. This earned him 35,000 pounds in addition to merchandising money and so on. He was the bass guitarist and the singer in the bands The Philistines and later The Flying Padovanis, for some time. Matlock also went for a bunch of tours with a collection of punk stars, Dead Men Walking. This included Mike Peters of The Alarm, another was Kirk Brandon of Theatre of Hate and Spear of Destiny. Then there was Pete Wylie of Wah! In fact many newspapers claimed that only the original bassist Glen Matlock was touring with his own band, as compared to the current lifestyle of Sex pistols, and this is when had been sacked from the group for being too conservative.
January 2010 saw Glen Matlock reforming the Rich Kids as he wanted it for a one-off benefit concert that was organized in aid of Steve New. Those who joined him on stage were the original members of Sex pistols, Rusty Egan and Midge Ure, Others who joined him on stage included Mick Jones of The Clash as well as Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet. Steve New later died of cancer in 2010.
Matlock and Lyndon are not on talking terms. Matlock has clearly stated that he has no plans of joining the group back. On his tours, Matlock does play many of the Sex pistols numbers. He always claims that they are an important part of him. In addition, he does tell anecdotes and discusses the relationship he shares today with the other original band members. These have become an important part of all Glen Matlock interviews and other shows in the media. He states that his discomfort with the other original band players still continues, as he keeps on meeting them off and on. But he is not miserable. He says that at this age, he has no time left for being miserable.
Matlock later joined Faces, and played at the Vintage at Goodwood festival near Chichester in 2010.In 2011, he stood in for Mani and played bass for Primal Scream while he was at the Japan Tsunami appeal concert that was organized at the Brixton Academy in London.
2011 saw the formation of The International Swingers, which comprised of Matlock, Clem Burke, James Stevenson and Gary Twinn. This band was based in Los Angeles but toured Australia. It still continues to perform occasionally.
2012 saw the acting debut of Matlock in British drama film The Paddy Lincoln Gang. In this he is performing a docudrama scene at a Faces concert, live.
In 1995, Glen Matlock bought a 3 bedroom maisonette in west London. He bought the upper portion too and added a few bedrooms. This property is worth a few millions today.
Glen Matlock has two sons. They are studying at the Ryde School on the Isle of Wight.
Matlock is still working and he still plays music. He says that he has no plans to retire and would continue to perform around the world for as long as he can. This way he is able to tour the world too!