Paul Simonon

Musician and Visual Artist.
Born Dec 15, 1955

Paul Gustave Simonon is an English musician and artist best known as the bass guitarist for punk rock band The Clash. Recent work includes his involvement in the album The Good, the Bad & the Queen with Damon Albarn, Simon Tong and Tony Allen, released in January 2007. In 2010, he reunited with Mick Jones, Damon Albarn and friends for the Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach.… Read More

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  • Second Listen: “London Calling”
    Heave Media - Apr 29, 2014
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    Fred Armisen Revisits Ian Rubbish, Interviews The Clash For Funny Or Die (Video)
    Huffington Post - Oct 16, 2013
  • The Clash's Paul Simonon Collaborates On Clothing Line
    USA Today - Sep 24, 2013
  • Punk Rock Band The Clash Launch Pop Up Store In London - Sep 10, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Simonon.


1955 Birth Born on December 15, 1955.


1976 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1976, he met Mick Jones and six months later the Clash was formed when Joe Strummer joined, with Jones on lead guitar. … Read More
1977 21 Years Old In 1977, during the recording of The Clash, he received a black Rickenbacker from Patti Smith, which he also decorated in paint - but he disliked the instrument's sound (which he considered thin), and its light weight (he has stated that he prefers heavy basses, as he considers them resonant and robust).
1978 22 Years Old 1 More Event
After that he obtained a white Fender Precision Bass in 1978, and since has only played white Fenders live. … Read More
1979 23 Years Old In 1979, he got a new Fender, which was the one he smashed on the cover of London Calling. … Read More
1980 24 Years Old After it was smashed, it was back to the old Fender, which he used until he got a new bass in 1980 (there is a small possibility that this is the same bass as Bass, before it eventually got modified).
1981 25 Years Old 1 More Event
However, in 1981, he acquired a Fender Fretless Precision with a rosewood fingerboard.


2015 59 Years Old Wot no Bike, ICA Nash and Brandon Rooms, London, 21 January – 7 February 2015, Simonon’s most recent exhibition was Wot no Bike at the ICA Nash and Brandon Rooms, London. … Read More
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