The Flowers of Romance
were an early punk band
, formed in mid-1976 by Jo Faull and Sarah Hall. The band never played live or released any recordings
, and, like London SS
and Masters of the Backside
, are more famed for the number of band members that later became well known, including: Sid Vicious
of the Sex Pistols
, Keith Levene
(an early member of The Clash
and later of Public Image Ltd.
) and Palmolive
and Viv Albertine
, who went on to play in The Slits
. Despite never playing live, they were interviewed by a fanzine
, in which Sid Vicious proclaimed "I'll always be the thug I am now".
The song "Belsen Was a Gas" originates from this band, and was later performed live by the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd.
The band's name subsequently became the title of an early Sex Pistols song, "The Flowers of Romance", as well as a 1981 Public Image Ltd album and song, Flowers of Romance.
- Sid Vicious - Vocals and Saxophone
- Keith Levene - Guitar
- Viv Albertine - Guitar
- Jo Faull - Guitar
- Sarah Hall - Bass
- Palmolive - Drums
The Flowers of Romance is about ponces, people who pretend to be friends but all they really want is to leech on a good thing and spend your money. The original Flowers of Romance had about 40 fucking members, Keith was one of them and I gave them that name.
Public Image Ltd. Chronology
- March 1981