a) were the world's first manufactured boy band
b) were cultural icons who spat in the face of convention and changed the path of modern music
c) included a murderer among its members
d) were victims of the greed and incompetence of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood
I'm not sure if I know the definitive answer, but I did just review John Lydon's autobiography Lydon: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs. Check it out over at the Bookworm Collective, yo.