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I’ll be a pretty special one as the pair wrote a collection of bilingual duets, with both of them singing in English and Spanish and explore a variety of European music cultures.
The album began coming together in lockdown, which Simonon spent in a Mallorcan fishing village writing music and painting. As COVID-19 restrictions lifted, he began working with local musicians and busking in front of cafes in Palma. He ended up spending 18 months there and returned to London to work on his ideas further with Ayers.
Simonon “I remember how when I was in The Clash, our manager Bernie Rhodes would tell us that Andrew Loog Oldham locked Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in their kitchen. He said, ‘I’m not letting you out until you’ve written a song.’ That’s effectively what Galen and I did. We would spend every evening writing yet another song.”
First single LONELY TOWN is a sweet, little pop ditty.
Melacholic and catchy. You can sing/hum/whistle along.
Pre-order album info here.
15 December 2021
Paul Gustave Simonon was born 66 years ago,
on 15 December 1955. Happy B. to the cool-as-hell
bass casanova of the last band in town The Clash.
To celebrate here’s the first song Simonon, who grew
up in Brixton, wrote for the band. His pumping reggae
bass money-maker Guns Of Brixton, from the classic
double Clash LP ‘London Calling‘.
When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun
When the law break in
How you gonna go?
Shot down on the pavement
Or waiting on death row
You can crush us
You can bruise us
But you’ll have to answer to
Oh, the guns of Brixton
Paul Simonon when asked why he wanted to write songs for The Clash too…
Punk legend Paul Simonon about sinister clowns Boris Johnson and Donald Trump…
From The Good, The Bad & The Queen interview in NME
Photo on top: FB Paul Simonon / Getty