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Thursday, February 02, 2006

JAH WOBBLE IN THE AREA: Mu arrives @Iguana HQ

Perfect timing, after me rant about punk the other day, Jah Wobble's latest album landed in my lap yesterday, to prove that the original punks were about far more than shouting for two minutes.

Jah Wobble was one of the original members of Public Image Ltd (PiL), though he was always going to be overshadowed by the fact that the band was fronted by John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten. It was only when he left the band in 1980 and struck out on his own did he gain the recognition he deserved.

Since then he has worked on a bewildering and myriad range of projects, working with everyone from German experimental rock group Can's Holger Czukay and Jaki Leiezeit to The Edge. Wobble was light years ahead of his contemporaries in his exploration of new and interesting sounds. His embracing of Eastern and World influences predated Peter Gabriel and other's excursions into those areas by well over five years.

'Mu', realesed in 2005, is a far cry from those PiL days, still has some dubby vibrations floating through it, but its inteligent mix and mash of stylyes from around the world makes it sound more suitable for WOMAD or a Whirl-y-gig, than a night at the Roxy.


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