Jah Wobble

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock Reggae
Tags: dub experimental ambient electronic post-punk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Wardle, 1958, Stepney, London, England. An innovative bass player, Wobble began his career with Public Image Limited. Previously he had been known as one of the ‘four Johns’ who hung around Malcolm McLaren’s ‘Sex’ boutique, and adopted his unusual moniker following a drunken remark by Sid Vicious. Heavily influenced by the experimental rhythms of bands like Can, Wobble’s input to PiL’s Metal Box collection inspired in turn many novice post-punk bass players. By August 1980, he had become one of the many instrumentalists to fall foul of Lydon in PiL’s turbulent career, and set about going solo. He joined forces with his hero Holger Czukay and U2’s the Edge for Snake Charmer, and recorded with the Human Condition, a group specializing in free-form jazz and dub improvisation. However, when they disbanded, the mid-80s quickly became wilderness years for Wobble: ‘The biggest kickback I have had was from sweeping the...

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