Glen Matlock, Sex Pistols

I knew them right from the get go. They came all the way from Manchester, Pete and Howard, and turned up at Malcolm [McLaren]’s to track us down so that they could book us for a show up there, so they had someone to support. They really stuck their heads out when nobody had heard of us. They didn’t support us the first time we played Manchester because they hadn’t got a band together, but they did the second time. I remember Pete had this really cheap guitar with half the body missing. He said he had got it from Woolworths, and the top bit had just fallen off, but that’s all they had and they were going to do it anyway.

Glen Matlock: ‘The Buzzcocks stuck their heads out when nobody had heard of the Sex Pistols’. Photograph: Jane Mingay/Rex

They were different, quite wacky, arty, but they had the common touch as well. There was a sweetness about them that I loved because it was very human. Something about Pete’s writing had a slightly off-the-wall, knowing but humorous take on the way people go through life. He showed that you didn’t have to be political or angry to be punk, and touched on some quite important subjects, like his sexuality. I think that gave a lot of people encouragement that they can speak their mind – like Bowie did. A song like Ever Fallen in Love had that – but it was also a fantastic pop song, and he wrote loads of them.

The last time they played London, I thought, I’ll go – but then I didn’t. I thought, I’ll see them next time around. But now I can’t. Us lot are all of an age now that means maybe you should make that extra effort before it’s too late. But 63 is no age at all.