Paul Simonon
English musician (Bass guitarist, vocalist, songwriter) and visual artist.
Paul Simonon
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.
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Second Listen: “London Calling”
Heave Media - almost 3 years
As part of Heave’s wrap-up this week, the following is the final installment of Second Listen. So, I guess this is it. So long. Farewell. Auf wiedersehen. Goodbye. But, before you start to miss me too much, I want to leave you with a little something. A token of my appreciation for those of you who suffered through week after week of my insufferable bitching and moaning over albums often released before my birth. And what’s the gift? Another review of an album that was released before my birth. Minus the bitching and moaning. Well, almost all of the bitching and moaning. On July 17, 2013, I reviewed the worst Clash album of all time for your reading pleasure: Cut the Crap. Even after decades of shifting fads, evolving genres, and a necessary reimagining of the entire music industry (thanks, Napster), Cut the Crap is still a cancerous mole on the face of an almost entirely perfect Clash discography. That might be a little dramatic, but the album still sucks. Six years prior to ...
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Fred Armisen Revisits Ian Rubbish, Interviews The Clash For Funny Or Die (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Fred Armisen is back again as '70s-era punk rocker Ian Rubbish, this time to interview actual 70s-era punk rockers Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash. There's something truly sublime about watching Jones and Simonon giggle as Rubbish mentions their song "White Riot," only to explain, "We had a song called 'White Riot As Well.'" Watch the interview above to find out more fascinating tidbits, like which seminal Clash work informed Rubbish's 4-album collection "Camden Beckons." Via Funny Or Die
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The Clash's Paul Simonon collaborates on clothing line
USA Today - over 3 years
Former band member Paul Simonon pairs with Sailor Jerry to offer limited-edition items.
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Punk rock band The Clash launch pop-up store in London
Reuters.com - over 3 years
September 10 - Clash star Paul Simonon reveals he found it difficult to move on from the band as pop-up store offering merchandise and memorabilia opens in Soho in London. Joel Flynn reports.
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Anatomy of a Song: 'London Calling'
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
The Clash's surviving members Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon give a blow-by-blow account of the making of a punk anthem.
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Jeff Whelan: Joe Strummer's Legacy
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Joe Strummer, the frontman for the legendary rock n' roll band The Clash, would have turned 60 years old this month. He died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart defect 10 years ago this December, but is arguably more relevant today than at the height of his popularity. Strummer, after all, is the man who penned the lyric, "All the power's in the hands, of the people rich enough to buy it." Occupy, anyone? Citizens United? The Clash's masterpiece -- London Calling -- comes off like it was written for the summer of 2012, with pounding, staccato chords that capture our collective anxious mood, and apocalyptic lyrics that reflect contemporary fears of economic and environmental collapse: "The ice age is coming/the sun's zooming in/meltdown expected/the wheat is growing thin..." But like some of his heroes, including Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash, Strummer's reach extended beyond his music. In his short life, he matured from young firebrand into a battle-ha ...
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Classic Albums: The Clash - The Clash
Clash - almost 5 years
Harlesden Colisseum, March 11th 1977: “Well, we’re really excited about it, I mean, AN ALBUM! It’s destined to be a classic!” Mick Jones is draped over a threadbare seat in the balcony of a rundown old cinema more used to Asian porn films, where The Clash have just finished soundchecking for their first major self-promoted event in London. “It’s great isn’t it,” he enthuses, “Our own gig...I’m really excited. This is more than a gig, it’s an important event!” This burst of innocent enthusiasm, followed by disbelieving laughter, betrays how he might occasionally still pinch himself at how fast this is all happening, though his mood also carries the relentless self-belief which has helped propel The Clash to their current white hot status.  I was writing about the group for original music monthly Zigzag, having first experienced their West London total assault the previous October at a Leighton Buzzard leisure centre. Even in those six months, the group had improved and pr ...
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This day in music - Times LIVE
Google News - over 5 years
1983: The Clash lead guitarist Mick Jones was fired from the band by bassist Paul Simonon and vocalist Joe Strummer. 1984: 25 years into her career, Tina Turner had her first solo No.1 single in the US with What's Love Got To Do With It
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Big Audio Dynamite's Notes From The Frontline - Sabotage Times
Google News - over 5 years
and he simply replied, “Just remember Paul [Simonon] couldn't play bass when he joined The Clash.” For a drummer Mick went the traditional route auditioning in the NME. And that's how we got Greg Roberts. Dan Donovan joined later, introduced to us by
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Prendi il palco a chitarrate - Corriere della Sera
Google News - over 5 years
Ma invece del chitarrista di questi ultimi Pete Townshend, è il bassista dei Clash, Paul Simonon, ad avere dato classicità al gesto di fracassare sul palco il proprio ferro del mestiere, nel caso di specie un basso Fender Precision di colore crema con
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Mick Jones: Emissons From Planet Bad - The Morton Report
Google News - over 5 years
Whether it's a sailor hat-wearing guitar arsenal along with Clash band mate Paul Simonon in Gorillaz, or the more subdued, yet intellectually provocative Carbon/Silicon with fellow punk icon Tony James, in the production chair trying to tame the
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New Red Hot Chili Peppers Video - Tone Deaf
Google News - over 5 years
The driving yet poppy guitar lines are reminiscent of George Harrison's guitar playing with The Beatles, and the bass line liberally borrows from that of Paul Simonon in 'This Is Radio Clash' but hey, good artists borrow and great artists steal, right?
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Super troopers: The rise of the Supergroup - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
When the Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Afrobeat legend Tony Allen joined him for The Good, The Bad & The Queen, they must have been reassured that however tentative it appeared in theory, the project would yield listenable
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Big Audio Dynamite at full blast in Anaheim - OCRegister
Google News - over 5 years
... to buy tickets no matter what the project, from meager ventures like Jones' third group, Carbon Silicon, to first-rate appearances in other outfits, like Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, with which Jones and Clash bassist Paul Simonon toured recently
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Pink to make the girls think - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 5 years
"In a drunken semi-existential discussion with Paul Simonon a few years back, he told me that The Clash used pink equipment for one of their tours. 'Pink is the only true rock and roll colour,' he said. It validated my uncertain, but adament,
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London calling as violence engulfs England, while warnings of worldwide riots - HULIQ
Google News - over 5 years
The Clash consisted of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky “Topper” Headon. The group disbanded in early 1986. The Clash produced their third album, “London Calling,” in December 1979. It was named as the best album of the 1980's by
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The Clash vs Elvis Presley - cgm.pl
Google News - over 5 years
Paul Simonon rozbija o scenę swojego Fendera Precision Bassa - a autorka fotografii, Pennie Smith początkowo chciała zdjęcie wywalić do kosza, bo nie ostre! Ale to właśnie zdjęcie oddaje to, co w rock'n'rollu, w punku czy w rocku najważniejsze
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Simonon
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In this series of new paintings, Simonon depicted his own everyday personal effects including biker paraphernalia such as jackets, boots, helmets, and gloves, alongside his packets of cigarettes and books. Autobiographical in the modernist and realist painting tradition, these oils on canvas are as much self-portraits as they are still lifes, functioning as a visual diary in paint. Wot no Bike is Simonon’s personal exploration of British subculture and counterculture in the post-war decades. To accompany the exhibition, Simonon published a limited edition hardback publication also titled, Wot no Bike,. Featuring 24 of the new paintings it includes an introduction by David Lancaster, a writer on classic bikes and culture and an interview between Simonon and Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes At the Royal Academy of Arts, London. 2015 Wot No Bike, ICA Nash and Brandon Rooms, 21 January - 7 February 2015
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 25
    He played this through 1981, but went back to using fretted Fenders in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details He then got hold of a Fender Precision with a black headstock, rosewood fingerboard, and white pick-ups. He then also changed the neck on his PAUL-bass to a neck with black headstock and rosewood fretboard. The last two electric bass guitars were mainly used as backup basses, and still are to this day, and the Fender Precision Bass, shown in the picture of him at the top of this section, is still his main bass, heavily worn and beaten up. He had a sunburst Precision in the last years of the Clash, but this one was only used as a backup and by Joe Strummer during the song "The Guns of Brixton". He had a sunburst Epiphone Rivoli, which can be seen in the videos for "The Call Up" and "London Calling", but he was also seen with it in the earliest days of the Clash.
    However, in 1981, he acquired a Fender Fretless Precision with a rosewood fingerboard.
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  • 1980
    Age 24
    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).
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  • 1979
    Age 23
    In 1979, he got a new Fender, which was the one he smashed on the cover of London Calling.
    More Details Hide Details He strongly regretted that move, because it was his best sounding bass.
  • 1978
    Age 22
    He played a Wal JG Custom Bass during the recording session for Give 'Em Enough Rope in 1978, because the producer Sandy Pearlman suggested it, but Paul disliked it because it had too many switches.
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    After that he obtained a white Fender Precision Bass in 1978, and since has only played white Fenders live.
    More Details Hide Details Later he received a new Fender from CBS which he has used for many years. CBS used to present him with a new bass occasionally. It was another P-Bass, and this one is known for having "Paul" scratched into the body. The pick-ups were black on all of his Fenders, but he changed the ones on this bass to white. This bass was used mainly throughout 1978 and used as a backup in 1979.
  • 1977
    Age 21
    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).
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  • 1976
    Age 20
    His first bass was a "cheap knock-off", as he called it himself, that he used through 1976 and early 1977, which he splattered in paint.
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    In 1976, he met Mick Jones and six months later the Clash was formed when Joe Strummer joined, with Jones on lead guitar.
    More Details Hide Details Simonon learned his bass parts by rote from Jones in the early days of The Clash and still did not know how to play the bass when the group first recorded. He is credited with coming up with the name of the band and was mainly responsible for the visual aspects such as clothing and stage backdrops. He was also immortalised on the front cover of the band's double album London Calling: Pennie Smith's image of him smashing his malfunctioning bass guitar during a 1979 concert in New York City has become one of the iconic pictures of the punk era. Simonon played bass on almost all of the Clash's songs. Recordings that he did not play on include: "The Magnificent Seven" and "Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice)" on Sandinista! (played by Norman Watt-Roy), "Rock the Casbah" on Combat Rock (played by Topper Headon), and 10 of the 12 tracks on Cut the Crap (played by Norman Watt-Roy). Sandinista! featured bass played by Jones or Strummer, some but possibly not all of which Simonon later re-recorded once he rejoined the sessions after filming Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on December 15, 1955.
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