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…
Artist: JJ72 Album: I To Sky Released: 14 October 2012 / the band’s second and final LP Note: All songs written by frontman Mark Greaney. Sound; This Irish trio did what not many bands accomplished, making two towering lonplayers in a row and vanish in oblivion immediately afterward. The critics (and me) loved their burning intensity, youthful ardency and frontman Greaney‘s high-quality songwriting skills. Influenced from Joy Division to Placebo this stupendous threesome couldn’t find and convince enough fans so that their
label wouldn’t have dumped them. What a terrible loss of an amazing band with
an amazing future!
ALL MUSIC wrote: “It would be wrong to view the album as an indication of a sophomore slump, because JJ72’s debut set the peg so high into the stratosphere. I to Sky is a rewarding
but difficult album that unleashes its charms over time. There’s no denying that atmosphere
has taken the lead over songwriting prowess, and one can’t help but think that JJ72 somehow got sidetracked on their journey to creating a second instant classic, but like the debut, the album leaves the listener clamoring for more of Greaney’s flights of fancy.”