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The evocative name of Jah Wobble will be familiar to many, but those who could describe who the man is and why we all recognise his Sid Vicious-invented moniker will be far fewer in number.

Having had the good fortune to be friends with John Lydon just as the latter was forming his post-Sex Pistols outfit Public Image Ltd, Wobble found himself, at the age of 17 and a beginner on bass, a founding member of the band, laying down the low end for future post-punk classics and managing to threaten producer John Leckie with a bit of casual violence along the way.

He left PiL after a couple of albums and promptly went on to found his Invaders Of The Heart project, which visits Newcastle’s Cluny on Friday 6th May, a scant 34 years since its inception.

The band properly hit their stride with the release of 1991’s Rising Above Bedlam, a ground-breaking fusion of punk, dub, and world music – a perfect comedown album for the acid house generation, and blueprint for countless bargain-bin chill-out compilations. His work spans such stylistic divides as dancehall and Celtic spoken word, so what this show will sound like is anyone’s guess, but it’s clear Wobble’s enthusiasm for world music is more than skin deep.

The man has a profound spiritual side, even claiming the bass is an “emanation from God”, and exhorting listeners of his bass-playing to “reside in the resonance of Om and ride the sonic boom to Heaven”.

You’re not going to get a better offer than that on a Friday night.

Jah Wobble & The Invaders Of The Heart play The Cluny, Newcastle on Friday 6th May.


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