Who really failed is hard to say. They set out to shock and they did. They made one great album and an eternal legacy's worth of headlines. But in the end, with Sid Vicious heading toward murder charges and death by overdose at age 21, and the genuinely talented Johnny "Rotten" Lydon obviously sickened by his part in what would become to be known as manager Malcolm McClaren's Great Rock n' Roll Swindle, the spectacle of punk rock exploded in everybody's face. "Ahh ha ha!" said Lydon after playing the last song at their last show, at San Francisco's Winter Garden, "Anybody get the feeling you've been cheated? Good night."

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