Acura’s Latest Pitchman: Sid Vicious

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Nothing embodies “The True Definition of Luxury” quite like a heroin addict who murdered his girlfriend. For the 2015 Acura TLX TV spot, Acura chose the music of Sid Vicious — bass player for the 1970s punk band/performance art troupe/marketing vehicle the Sex Pistols — belting out a punk rendition of Frank Sinatra’s signature song “My Way.”

Sid Vicious’s solo song is the soundtrack to the 2015 Acura TLX television spot.

Vicious — born John Simon Ritchie in 1957 — embarked on a solo career after the Sex Pistols’ trainwreck of a final show at Winterland in San Francisco in January of 1978.

His initial solo effort came weeks later, recording three cover songs, including the Eddie Cochran songs “Come on Everybody,” and “Somethin’ Else,” and Sinatra’s song, “My Way,” as something of an anthem for his departure from the band that made him famous.

The songs were recorded for the soundtrack for The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle — a mockumentary about the band.

By October 12 of 1978, Sid Vicious was charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend, Nancy Spundgen. Five months later, Sid Vicious was dead, either from an unintentional or quite intentional heroin overdose, depending on who you ask.


Vicious once said “I’ll probably die by the time I reach 25. But I’ll have lived the way I wanted to.”

Also, “Buy an Acura.”

Sid Vicious’s cover may be familiar as the song from the closing credits of the movie GoodFellas, a heartwarming tale about a young man who pulls himself up by his bootstraps and lives the American Dream.

Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

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