John Joseph Wardle born 11 Augustknown by the stage name Jah Wobbleis an English bass guitarist, singer, poet and composer. He became known to a wider audience as the original bass player in Public Image Ltd PiL in the late s and early s, but left the band after two albums. Following his departure from PiL, he went on to a successful solo career, continuing to the present. Inhe published his autobiography, Memoirs of a Geezer. In his early life and career, by his own admission,  Wardle was given to occasional bouts of aggression, exacerbated by heavy drinking and drug use.
After he burned all the possessions of his squat-mates, they left him alone there with a mattress, a headboard and his Music Man -copy bass. Following the Sex Pistols' break-up, Lydon approached Wobble about forming a band. Both had similarly broad musical tastes, and were avid fans of reggae and world music. The band began rehearsing together in Mayalthough remained unnamed until Julywhen Lydon officially named the band Public Image PiL the "Ltd" was not added until several months later after the Muriel Spark novel The Public Image.
Having experimented with Lydon pre-Sex Pistols break-up, he had written a simple repetitive bassline  on which Lydon wrote " Public Image ". Wobble has stated that the first PiL album was recorded so quickly due in part to the bassist's altercations with a sound engineer and men at a nearby pub.
Wobble co-wrote and contributed bass and drums to PiL's Betrayal - Jah Wobble / Mr. X - Betrayal album Metal Box which was released in However, he grew increasingly frustrated by the lacklustre creative atmosphere in the band, which he felt stifled his artistic ambitions and PiL's creative potential. Jah Wobble in "Betrayal"and Bad Times - Scotty McKay - Bad Times himself accused by other PiL members of The Star Spangled Banner - Marvin Gaye - The Master [1961-1984] made unauthorised use of material from Metal Box for the making of Betrayal.
Wobble also released at least one single during his time in PiL: His single "Dreadlock Don't Deal in Wedlock" in which he recites Edward Lear 's " The Owl and the Pussycat " and finishes with the immortal line, 'love and marriage is like ice cream and cabbage … Betrayal - Jah Wobble / Mr.
X - Betrayal don't deal in wedlock. Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart was formed in The original line-up was Ollie Marland on keys who went on to become Tina Turner 's musical directorAnnie Whitehead on trombone, Neville Murray on percussion and a bloke called Cliff on drums.
By Lee Partis was the drummer. Trumpeter Harry Becket and pedal steel player B. Cole regularly performed with the group. By Jah Wobble's heavy drinking and drunken brawls were Betrayal - Jah Wobble / Mr. X - Betrayal their toll. Halfway through the recording of the album Psalms OctoberWobble stopped drinking. From then through to the present day he has remained 'clean and sober'. He then did a variety of day jobswhilst continuing to perform and record his music in what spare time he had.
These jobs included a long stretch with the Betrayal - Jah Wobble / Mr. X - Betrayal Underground. I repeat, I used to be somebody. By due to the repeated prompting of his friend and former bandmate, percussionist Neville Murray, Wobble reformed The Invaders of the Heart. Armed with a live recording of a concert he had made with a new line-up of musicians during a European tour inWobble travelled to New York City's New Music Seminar in to get back into the music industry.
Wobble was able to secure an eleventh-hour record deal with a small European record label. Jah Wobble's album Take Me To God was influenced by world music genres and contributions from a variety of artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, including Baaba MaalDolores O'Riordanand Chaka Demusand was a critical and commercial success. Although he has released recordings since the late seventies Wobble has been particularly prolific from the mids to the present.
Besides his work as a musician and composer, Jah Wobble also writes occasional book Mi Nube - Joe Bataan - Salsoul for The Independent. Despite Lydon's invitation to join, Jah Wobble did not feature in the line-up, since he considered the wages offered insufficient and disagreed with the choice of venues. The eponymous debut album Psychic Life was inspired by discopost-punk and psychogeographyand released by Cherry Red Records on 14 November The visa issues were resolved and they played Fuji Rock festival in July This was followed by the release of a four-song, eponymous EP.
Real - Slim Thug - Hogglife: American King has also collaborated with the British ambient group Marconi Unionthe results of which were released as an album called Anomic on 30 Hertz records in June Jah Wobble continues to do live shows. He has announced a series of gigs in England from January to May Wobble has four children: two daughters, Hayley Wardle and Natalie Wardle from his first marriage, and two sons with his second wife, the Chinese-born guzheng player and harpist Zi Lan Liao.
He graduated in with an upper second-class honours degree in Humanities after studying part-time for four years at Birkbeck, University of London.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jah Wobble. Rip it Up and Start Again — Postpunk — Faber and Faber. Retrieved 21 January The Guardian.
The Great Rock Discography 5th ed. Edinburgh: Mojo Books. Martin's PressMay Helter Skelter Publishing. Retrieved 24 August Retrieved 17 April Serpent's Tail. Retrieved 20 April Retrieved 9 October The Independent. BBC News. Retrieved 3 January Retrieved 25 August Archived from the original on 18 June Retrieved 17 June The Quietus.
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