Well, why don’t we go with one of my favorite songs to sing at karaoke?! And we got Sid Vicious’ amazing cover of “My Way”!”My Way” is a song popularized by Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by Paul Anka and set to music based on the French song “Comme d’habitude” composed in 1967 by Claude François and Jacques Revaux. Anka’s English lyrics are unrelated to the original French song.
Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious did a punk rock version of the song. This version, in which a large body of the words were changed and the arrangement was sped up, charted at No. 7 in the UK in 1978. The orchestral backing was arranged by Simon Jeffes.
Interviewed in 2007, Paul Anka said he had been “somewhat destabilized by the Sex Pistols’ version. It was kind of curious, but I felt he (Sid Vicious) was sincere about it.”
Vicious did not know all the lyrics to the song when it was recorded, so he improvised several lyrics, including use of the swear words cunt and fuck. Vicious’ reference to a “prat who wears hats” was an in-joke directed towards Vicious’ friend and Sex Pistols band-mate John Lydon, who was fond of wearing different kinds of hats he would pick up at rummage sales.
An edited version of Vicious cover is played during the closing credits of the films Goodfellas and Juan of the Dead. A snippet of the song is also heard at the end of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Lovers Walk”, as part of a running joke about vampire Spike’s enjoyment of the Sex Pistols, as well as a reference to a snippet of the Frank Sinatra version that played at the beginning. It is also heard in the television commercial for the 2015 Acura TLX.
In her album The End, released in conjunction with the film Nana 2, singer and actress Mika Nakashima performs a cover of Sid Vicious’ version of the song with what sounds like an audience singing background vocals.
In the film The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle the original footage for the track shows Sid Vicious at the end taking out a hand gun and opening fire on the audience, hitting two of the audience members. Sid then sneers, throws the gun away, and flicks the Vs at the audience and ascends the staircase he walked down to the stage from. For the music video version, director Julien Temple removed the original footage featuring actors playing the audience and the final graphic violence and replaced a few of the audience cutaways with stock footage of a theatre audience from the 1950s (he also drowned out Sid’s use of the F-word in the third verse with audience applause). Although the censored version was still controversial, it merely showed Sid wildly shooting a gun towards the crowd. All of the footage of the bullet impacts and corpses were removed. The music video was recreated for director Alex Cox’s film Sid and Nancy, with the final person Sid (Gary Oldman) shooting girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb), eerily foreshadowing her alleged murder at Sid’s hands. However, in the film, she gets up and the two embrace as the stage lights are turned off.
So…enjoy it. Punk it up, roll a fat one, pack the bowls , toke nicely…AND KEEP IT WEIRD!