Joining PiL at John Lydon’s behest in 1978, the wild man of punk John Wardle was so named ‘JAH WOBBLE’ by Sid Vicious after a drunken binge, and loaned him his first bass guitar.
A long-term obsession with dub and reggae combined with the D.I.Y. punk ethos led Wardle to create an original rock/reggae hybrid of his own; his distinctive ‘low end’ bass immediately put PiL on the map and became the backbone of the band, and debut album Public Image Limited included the band’s eponymous first Top 10 hit single.
After two magnificent albums, including the mighty Metal Box, Wardle became increasingly disillusioned by the music scene, politics of the band and a reluctance to play live, and eventually split from the band in mid-1980.
Over the past three decades or so, Jah Wobble has ploughed his own furrow as a prolific solo artist, as well as becoming a well-respected session musician, with a genuine passion for Eastern and Global music working with a diverse range of musicians, including Baaba Maal, Bjork, Primal Scream, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Julianne Regan, Dolores O’Riordan, Holgat Czukay, The Edge and Chaka Demus & Pliers.
Having overcome his alcohol problem in the mid-eighties, Wardle is now a reformed character. His wild man days are now long behind him, and he is now a dedicated family man with a documented interest in spirituality, and in 2000 received a B.A in Music and Philosophy.
Can you afford to miss this legend in York? The answer, surely, is no…