Bomb The Bass Biography

Early pioneers of the UK’s house scene, Bomb The Bass is a collective front for Tim Simenon (Brixton, London, England; of Malay Chinese and Scottish parents). After attending a course in studio engineering he shot to prominence in 1988 with ‘Beat Dis’, which reached the UK Top 5. Both ‘Megablast’ and ‘Say A Little Prayer’ were also UK Top 10 hits, the latter featuring Maureen Walsh, who went on to her own solo career, beginning with a cover version of Sister Sledge’s ‘Thinking Of You’ for Urban. Simenon then worked with Neneh Cherry (producing her hits ‘Buffalo Stance’ and ‘Manchild’). After completing work on his new studio he took up production duties for an album by Prince sidekick Cat. Co-production on Adamski’s ‘Killer’ and the Seal single ‘Crazy’ followed. However, feeling aggrieved at the lack of credit and financial recompense he gained from these ventures, he returned to Bomb The Bass. His timing was less than apt, as the 1991 Gulf War made continued use of the name indelicate. He reverted to his own name for the single ‘Love So True’, co-written with bass player Doug Wimbish (Tackhead) and vocalist Loretta Heywood. By this time he was also working extensively with guitarist Kenji Suzuki, in addition to a myriad of guest vocalists. Bomb The Bass returned in 1995 with a new album, Clear, their finest and most eclectic collection to date, which featured vocal contributions from maverick English writer Will Self. Simenon also unveiled his own label, Stoned Heights, distributed through Island Records. He has subsequently concentrated on building up the label’s roster of artists.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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