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The lyrics of the song Gentle Spike Resort by Grandaddy refer to Sid Viscosity:

With ex-school treasures for hire
And whitesnake riffs dressed up like Sid Viscosity

"Whitesnake" could refer to Deep Purple's David Coverdale's band Whitesnake, in which case I assume the sound of 'Sid Viscosity' is close to but idiosyncratic enough to differentiate it from Whitesnake's, but "Sid Viscosity" doesn't give me any reasonable hits inside or outside that musical context.

Who - or what - is Sid Viscosity?

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Sid Viscosity is probably a reference to Sid Vicious (1957-1979), one of the members of the punk rock band the "Sex Pistols". The references to punk continue in the lyrics:

You're not the only one who's doing without
Daddy doctor's son punk rocker shouts
"Dad the A.C.'s broke in our hardcore punk rock vacation
Vacation rehearsal house"

  • Yeah, that line always reminded me of him, but after the inconclusive search I completely forgot about it when writing the question. I guess I hoped there'd be more to it. Thanks, though! – Joachim Dec 10 '19 at 19:54

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