Brian Eno & Jah Wobble - Spinner (2020 Repress)
25th anniversary reissue of this unique coming together of Brian Eno and ex-Public Image Limited bass player Jah Wobble, also featuring Jaki Liebezeit from Can on drums. Starting life as the soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 'Glitterbug', Eno passed stereo mixes of the film cues to Wobble who embellished and built upon them to construct the 'Spinner' tracks. The resulting fusion combines icy ambience with a kind of psychogeographical funk.
Brian Eno - musician, producer, visual artist, activist. First came to international prominence in the early '70s as a founding member of British band, Roxy Music. His visionary production includes albums with Talking Heads, Devo, U2, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, whilst his long list of collaborations include recordings with David Bowie, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Karl Hyde, James Blake among many. His visual experiments with light and video continue to parallel his musical career with exhibitions all over the globe.
To date he has released over 30 albums of his own music, exhibited extensively as far afield as the Venice Biennale and the sails of the Sydney Opera House and is a founder-member of the Long Now Foundation, a trustee of Client Earth, and Patron of Videre Est Credere. His latest album with brother Roger, “Mixing Colours" released on Deutsche Grammophon in 2020.
About Jah Wobble: John Wardle originally met John Lydon, John Grey and Sid Vicious at Kingsway College, London, in 1973. It was Vicious who originally nicknamed John “Jah Wobble” after a drunken binge, and would also loan him his first bass guitar. During the heyday of punk rock in the mid to late 70s, Wardle earned himself the reputation of being something of a wildman. His original introduction to the bass stemmed from his long-term obsession with dub reggae music. Combined with the D.I.Y. punk ethos, Wardle embraced punk and reggae, and in the process, created an original rock/reggae hybrid of his own.
After discovering his fascination with the bass guitar, Lydon asked Wardle to join Public Image Limited (aka PiL) during the spring of 1978. Wardle’s distinctive ‘low end’ bass immediately put PiL on the map and became "the backbone of the band.”
The band’s debut album Public Image Limited included the band’s eponymous first Top 10 hit single. After two magnificent albums, including the mighty Metal Box, Wardle became increasingly disillusioned by the music scene and the politics of the band and their reluctance to play live, and eventually split from the band in mid 1980.
After PiL, and before the genre became in vogue, Wardle became a well respected session and solo artist, with a genuine passion for Eastern and Global music. In 1986, after a long battle with alcohol, Wardle unexpectedly walked away from the music scene to work for London Transport, but was eventually returned with a revitalized line-up of his ‘Invaders of the Heart’ band. By the 1990s, Wardle finally achieved public notoriety, including chart success and a Mercury Music Prize nomination for his critically acclaimed ‘Rising Above Bedlam’ album.
However, after releasing the top 40 album, ‘Take Me To God’, and ‘Heaven and Earth , both for Island Records, Wardle fled record company constraints and returned to a more experimental and non-commercial sounding records. In 1997 he started up his own independent record label, ’30 Hertz Records’, and released a series of critically acclaimed records.
Having overcome his alcohol problem in the mid-eighties, Wardle is now a reformed character. His wild man days are now long behind him, and he is now a dedicated family man with a documented interest in spirituality, and in 2000 received a B.A in Music and Philosophy. Until 2009 he wrote regular book reviews for the Independent on Sunday. Since then he has written book reviews for The Times newspaper. In 2008, accompanied by his wife Zi Lan Liao, he toured with a large group of Chinese performers (‘mask changers’ and dancers as well as musicians).
He also released an album that documented that period called ‘Chinese Dub’ which won the Songlines magazine world Music award. Also in 2008 he made a very well received radio documentary about his old friend Sid Vicious for BBC Radio 3. In 2009 Serpents Tail published his acclaimed autobiography ‘Memoirs of a Geezer’. Jah Wobble continues to record and tour.
1. Where We Lived
2. Like Organza
4. Garden Recalled
5. Marine Radio
6. Unusual Balance
7. Space Diary
9. Transmitter And Trumpet
10. Left Where It Fell
Artist: Brian Eno & Jah Wobble
Label: All Saints Records
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: WASTO18LP
Released: 21st August 2020