In November, Mc Laren temporarily relocated to New York City.Before his departure, Mc Laren and Westwood had conceived a new identity for their shop: renamed SEX, it changed its focus from retro couture to S&M-inspired "anti-fashion", with a billing as "Specialists in rubberwear, glamourwear & stagewear".With the search going nowhere, Mc Laren made several calls to Richard Hell, who turned down the invitation. John had something special, but when he started talking he was a real arsehole—but smart." When the pub closed, the group moved on to SEX, where Lydon, who had given little thought to singing, was convinced to improvise along to Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" on the shop jukebox.

On 24 February 2006, the Sex Pistols—the four original, surviving members and Sid Vicious—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but they refused to attend the ceremony, calling the museum "a piss stain".

The Sex Pistols evolved from the Strand, a London band formed in 1972 by working-class teenagers Steve Jones on vocals, Paul Cook on drums, and Wally Nightingale on guitar.

It had been renamed in 1972 to focus on another revival trend, the rocker look associated with Marlon Brando.

The shop would become a focal point of the punk rock scene, bringing together participants such as the future Sid Vicious, Marco Pirroni (who became a guitarist, songwriter and record producer), Gene October (who became the singer for the punk band Chelsea), and Mark Stewart, among many others.

Jordan, the English model and actress noted for her work with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique, was a wildly styled shop assistant who is credited with "pretty well single-handedly paving the punk look".

In early 1974, Jones convinced Mc Laren to help out the Strand.

Mc Laren had been talking with the New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain about coming over to England to front the group.

When those plans fell through, Mc Laren, Rhodes and the band began looking locally for a new member to assume the lead vocal duties.

The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975.