We take a look back at the converging and then, ultimately diverging directions of two of punks most recognised bass players: Sid Vicious and Paul Simonon. Arguably there were two influential bands that came out of the British Punk Rock scene in the mid-’70s: The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Although there was a stark contrast of each other in their fashion, outlook and music … [Read more...] about The Great Punk Bass Swindle: Sid Vicious and Paul Simonon
The Clash: London Calling – Classic Albums
This month we look at the legendary album, London Calling, by The Clash. Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon return from the verge of obscurity and come back in from the cold to produce a double album like no other. It’s hard to believe that London Calling turns 40 this December. The third album by the London-based punk rock band will, for some, be the … [Read more...] about The Clash: London Calling – Classic Albums
Single Review: Lord Sonny The Unifier – Right In Your I!
We take a listen to new Lord Sonny The Unifier track ‘Right In Your I!’ and with it we’re treated to a rollicking, dirty anthem that stands up for the innocent. Who doesn’t love a good dirty synth rock song? Well, when it’s done well at least. Luckily, Lord Sonny The Unifier really do hit the nail on the head with new track Right In Your I!, and perhaps this is because of … [Read more...] about Single Review: Lord Sonny The Unifier – Right In Your I!
Your Bass or Mine: An Appreciation of the Bass Player
When it comes to bands, a lot of people tend to forget how important the bass is. There are always the usual jokes about the bassist being the un-cool one with no personality (a theory I heavily disagree with, being a former bass player), and that they lack the stage presence of other members of the group. Bass players can stand out; look at the front of London Calling … [Read more...] about Your Bass or Mine: An Appreciation of the Bass Player