W IS FOR JAH WOBBLE

Jah Wobble (John Wardle) was the original bass player in Public Image Ltd (PiL) in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but left the band after two years. Following his departure from PiL, he went on to a successful solo career after an interim period when he had real jobs, including on the Underground. His daughter is actress Hayley Angel Wardle, and he is married to the Chinese-born guzheng player and harpist Zi Lan Liao.

Of his time after PiL, Wiki says: However, his critical stance towards the commercialisation of the music industry, compounded by heavy drinking, led to his abandoning music for a short period in the mid-eighties. He then worked a variety of straight jobs, whilst continuing to perform and record his music in what spare time he had. These jobs included a long stretch with the London Underground. In an oft-quoted tale it is related that he once, at Tower Hill Underground Station via the public address system, humorously regaled commuters with the deadpan announcement, “I used to be somebody. I repeat, I used to be somebody.”

Following on from the success of several critical and popular landmark recordings, most notably “Without Judgement” and “Rising above Bedlam”, in the late 80’s and early 90s, respectively, Wobble has since collaborated with a wide variety of musicians. His explorations into World music predated much of the genre’s popularity. Jah Wobble’s 1994 album Take Me To God was influenced by world music genres and enriched by contributions from a variety of artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, including Baaba Maal, Dolores O’Riordan, and Chaka Demus, and its uplifting sounds made it both a critical and commercial success. His music has spanned a number of genres, including ambient music and dance music, and in 2003, reworkings of traditional English folk songs. Though he has released recordings since the early 1980s, Wobble has been quite prolific from the mid-1990s to the present. He now runs his own label, 30 Hertz Records, and tours regularly throughout England and Europe with his current band, Jah Wobble & The English Roots Band.

Jah Wobble – Becoming More Like God (Secret Knowledge To Hell And Back Mix)  

Jah Wobble – Om Namah Shiva (Bill Laswell Mix)  

Jah Wobble – Visions of You (Pick n Mix 2) Andrew Weatherall  

Jah Wobble – Bomba (Nonsonicus Maximus Mix) by Andrew Weatherall  

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~ by acidted on January 16, 2010.

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