Scotsman JOHN MCGEOCH was one of the most creative, charismatic and much-in-demand guitarists of the new wave era. He played with, amongst others, Howard Devoto’s Magazine, John Lydon’s PiL and Suzy’s Siouxise And The Banshees. In 1996 he was listed by Mojo Magazine in their ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time‘. Signature characteristics of his playing style included an inventive arpeggios, string harmonics, the uses of flanger and an occasional disregard for conventional scales. He passed away, only 49, in 2004. R.I.P.
McGeoch was born on 28 May 1955. He would have turned 65 today.
To remember this extremely talented musician here are three clips…
Score: Haunting, paranoid and edgy just like real life with several high-quality songs, experimental arrangements and lots of synths. One of the first essential post-punk albums. Frontman Howard Devote looked a bit like an alien and his outlandish voice
and vision were crucial for this record. Musically the late great guitarist John McGeoch was his ideal partner. Highlights: Shot By Both Sides / My Tulpa / Parade / The Light Pours Out Of Me / The Great Beautician In The Sky
– SHOT BY BOTH SIDES –
(Cutting live version of the track Devoto wrote with the late Pete Shelley and also appeared on the Buzzcocks debut EP)