GALEN AYERS And PAUL SIMONON (The Clash) Share Sweet Ditty ‘LONELY TOWN’ From Their Upcoming LP

Daily electricity to load your batteries

Multi-instrumentalist and songstress GALEN AYERS and former The Clash
bassist PAUL SIMONON have a colaborative album, named Can We Do
Tomorrow Another Day?
out on 19 May.

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.

Listen here.

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…