The Bromley Contingent

In the very early days of punk the Bromley Contingent were a group of Sex Pistols fans that followed the band, attending all their gigs. They were highly influential in popularizing the fashion of punk and punk culture.

Some of the group were with the band during the infamous 1976 interview with Bill Grundy. The interviewer, who was more drunk than the band, goaded the band into swearing, the first time such language was heard on daytime TV. This outrageous moment quickly bought punk to the attention of the mainstream but pushed EMI into dropping the band. The Bromley Contingent again made the news when Sex Pistols manager McLaren rented a boat for them and the band to sail down the Thames during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.

Several Bromley Contingent members went on to become rock stars themselves. Siouxsie Sioux went on to form successful post punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees and Billy Idol formed Generation X.  Pamela Rooke (Jordan) was a prominent fashion model, working with the SEX boutique, and she also managed Adam and The Ants. Sid Vicious, who was associated with the group, joined the Sex Pistols following the departure of bassist Glen Matlock, despite barely being able to play his instrument. Full of charisma, Sid has been described by many to epitomize the punk attitude.

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