7.23.2016

JAH WOBBLE



































KEITH LEVENE +
JAH WOBBLE
"yin & yang"
Year:  2012
Country:  UK
City:  Manchester
Label:  Cherry Red
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Post Punk          Dub





















Historic reunion of the original guitarists from Public Image Limited: post-punk dub bass legend Jah Wobble and that master of angular six-string fretwork Keith Levene. Wobble and Levene were the driving forces behind PiL’s landmark 1980 album Metal Box, which they revisited this year with several highly-acclaimed live shows. Yin & Yang is their first collaboration since Metal Box, retaining that album’s dense, abstract layers in places while also venturing into new, uncharted territory. Highlights include the confrontational title track, the epic ‘Jags And Staffs’ (Ian Dury meets Hawkwind?), ‘Mississippi’ (reminiscent of Cornershop or Alamaba 3?) and ‘Within You Without You’, a novel twist on a lesser-known Beatles tune.
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"the legend lives on... Betrayal"
Year:  1980
Country:  UK
City:  Manchester
Label:  Virgin
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  7
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Post Punk         Dub
























Born John Wardle, "Jah Wobble" was an old friend of Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten and its manager Malcolm McLaren. When Sex Pistols broke up, Rotten formed Public Image Ltd., and Wobble became the bass player. After the group's first few albums, Wobble had a falling out with Rotten (now Lydon) and guitarist Keith Levene and departed for a solo career, also collaborating with artists such as Can members Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Czukay and U2's the Edge. Wobble's solo repertoire ranges from pop to pseudo-reggae to "difficult to listen to" experimentation. In the late '80s, his career took a downward direction, and he had a job sweeping train stations. He began listening to music from places like North Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe and formed Invaders of the Heart with guitarist Justin Adams. The single "Bomba" brought Wobble back to the public eye in 1990, and he collaborated with Sinéad O'Connor and Primal Scream in addition to releasing the Invaders of the Heart album Rising Above Bedlam in 1991.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Since 2006 Jah Wobble was no less prolific in 2011, recording a pair of albums that are, as has become his wont, radically different from one another. The first, 7, issued on Pressure Sounds, was recorded by his Modern Jazz Ensemble as a tribute to his some of his jazz heroes  - Miles Davis, Donald Byrd, Weather Report, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, etc. The personnel include Cookson and Bell but also Marc Layton-Bennett (drums), George King (keyboards), Sean Corby (trumpet & flügelhorn), and Shri Sriram (tablas and bowed bass). The second offering of the year was a collaboration with guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and celebrated post-punk revivalist Julie Campbell called Psychic Life, which was issued on Cherry Red in November. (Steve Huey & Thom Jurek).
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