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Paul Simonon

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Not only is it the bass participant for the Clash, Paul Simonon was the only real person in the group that continued to be in attendance from its inception in 1976 until its dissolution in 1986. Delivered Paul Gustave Simonon on Dec 15, 1955, in London, Britain, Simonon grew up initial in Britxon and in Notting Hill, where he went to predominantly black institutions; leading to an admiration for spirit and Jamaican noises. Although he was a “soccer hooligan” as an adolescent, Simonon demonstrated great skill as an musician, as he earned a scholarship to some nearby art college. By the middle-’70s, Simonon made a decision to provide music try, checking out being a vocalist for an organization known as London S.S. Simonon didn’t have the gig, but he do hit up a a friendly relationship using its guitarist, Mick Jones, who go on to instruct Simonon how exactly to play bass. It got some time for Simonon to understand the four-string (at one stage, he proclaimed the records off on his instrument’s throat to know where you can place his fingertips), but by 1976, Jones and Simonon got recruited vocalist/guitarist Joe Strummer, resulting in the forming of the Clash (a name that Simonon developed while reading a paper). The group (including countless drummers transferring through their rates) built an instantaneous following using the burgeoning U.K. punk picture, and inked a documenting agreement with Epic by 1977. Though it was Strummer and Jones who penned the lion’s talk about from the Clash’s tracks, Simonon’s fluid, nearly reggae-ish bass lines frequently supplied the glue that kept the breakneck compositions jointly. A set of produces set up the Clash among the world’s finest punk rings, 1977’s self-titled debut and 1978’s Provide ‘Em Enough Rope, before they taken out all of the stops around the 1979 dual disc, London Phoning, an recording which noticed the group test out other musical designs (including Simonon’s best-known structure, “The Weapons of Brixton,” which he also sung). The album’s cover, which presented Simonon hunched over and smashing his bass on stage throughout a New York display, has gone to become among rock’s most famous images, aswell. Further strike albums adopted (1980’s triple-album Sandinista! and 1982’s Fight Rock), because the Clash became among rock’s best-known functions, but tensions between Jones and all of those other group had been simmering at the rear of the moments; which resulted in Jones’ ousting from your Clash in past due 1983. Jones would arrive immediately after in a fresh outfit, Big Sound Dynamite, while Simonon and Strummer held the Clash alive for just one more launch, 1985’s Slice the Crap, before phoning it each day. Simonon’s 1st post-Clash appearance on record was Bob Dylan’s 1988 launch, Down within the Groove, before ultimately reappearing within an all-new group, Havana 3 A.M., that became more origins rock-based than his earlier band. However the group were able to concern only an individual launch (1991’s self-titled debut), before phoning it each day themselves. Simonon came back to his initial like, painting, and was also thoroughly interviewed for the outstanding Clash bio-movie, Westway towards the Globe, in the past due ’90s.

Quick Facts


Full Name Paul Simonon
Height 1.84 m
Profession Singer, Bassist, Songwriter, Visual Artist
Education Central Saint Martins
Nationality British
Children Louis Simonon, Claude Simonon
Parents Gustave Simonon, Elaine Simonon
Siblings Sarah Simonon
Music Groups The Clash, Havana 3am, The Good, the Bad & the Queen
Music Songs Should I Stay or Should I Go, Rock the Casbah, London Calling, I Fought the Law, Train in Vain, The Guns of Brixton, Lost in the Supermarket, In Hammersmith Palais, Death or Glory, Charlie Don’t Surf, Spanish Bombs, White Riot, Tommy Gun, Straight to Hell, Complete Control, Police & Thieves, Rudie Can’t Fail, Clampdown, Magnificent Seven, Police on My Back, Know Your Rights, Safe European Home, Stay Free, Janie Jones, This Is England, Clash City Rockers, Revolution Rock, Brand New Cadillac, Career Opportunities, I'm So Bored With the U.S.A., Hitsville U.K., Jimmy Jazz
Albums The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Cut the Crap, Combat Rock, Sandinista!, London Calling, The Cost of Living, Give 'Em Enough Rope, The Clash
Movies The King of Comedy, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Over the Hedge 2006 writer: "Lost in the Supermarket"
Mini-Cleaners 2005 Short writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
American Dad! 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bang Bang Orangutang 2005 writer: "Straight to Hell", "Train in Vain Stand by Me", "London Calling"
Entourage 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lords of Dogtown 2005 writer: "Death or Glory"
Let's Rock Again! 2004 Documentary writer: "1977", "London's Burning" - as Simonon
New Zealand Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Sopranos 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Waking the Dead 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
School of Rock 2003 "Stay Free"
What a Girl Wants 2003 writer: "London Calling" - as Paul Simanon
Callas Forever 2002 writer: "Complete Control" - as P. Simonon
24 Hour Party People 2002 writer: "Janie Jones"
The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 writer: "Rock The Casbah"
Me Without You 2001 writer: "White Riot" 1977, "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" 1979 - as Simonon
Someone Like You... 2001 writer: "Train in Vain"
Intimacy 2001 "London Calling" 1979
Complicity 2000 writer: "Straight to Hell"
Billy Elliot 2000 writer: "London Calling"
Kevin & Perry Go Large 2000 writer: "Straight To Hell" - as Simmons
Brokedown Palace 1999 writer: "Rock the Casbah"
Rogue Trader 1999 writer: "Rock the Casbah"
Bravo Two Zero 1999 TV Movie writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go", "Rock the Casbah"
The Simpsons 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu 1993-1998 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Clash: Rock the Casbah 1982 Video short writer: "Rock The Casbah"
20th Century Women 2016 writer: "White Man In Hammersmith Palais"
Stranger Things 2016 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Ochéntame... otra vez 2016 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Patriot 2015/II TV Series writer: "London Calling" - as Paul Gustave Simonon, uncredited
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Len and Company 2015 writer: "Stay Free" - as Paul Gustave Simonon
Battlefield Hardline 2015 Video Game writer: "This Is Radio Clash" - as Paul Gustave Simonon
Tatort 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Night at the Museum 3 2014 writer: "London Calling"
One Direction: The Inside Story 2014 Documentary writer: "Live While We're Young"
Kill the Messenger 2014 writer: "Know Your Rights"
Top Gear 2011-2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
EastEnders 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
This Is the End 2013 writer: "Paper Planes"
People Like Us 2012 writer: "Spanish Bombs"
The Pirates! Band of Misfits 2012 writer: "London Calling"
Wanderlust 2012 writer: "Groovy Times"
Wild Bill 2011 writer: "The Guns of Brixton"
I'm Still Here 2010/I writer: "Paper Planes"
Casal Rock 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get Him to the Greek 2010 writer: "London Calling"
Chuck 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
(500) Days of Summer 2009 writer: "Train in Vain Stand By Me"
It Might Get Loud 2008 Documentary writer: "Koka Kola"
RocknRolla 2008 as Simonon, "Bankrobber"
Slumdog Millionaire 2008 writer: "Paper Planes", "Paper Planes DFA Remix"
Hancock 2008 writer: "Paper Planes"
20 to 1 2008 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
SingStar Pop 2007 Video Game writer: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten 2007 Documentary writer: "Rock the Casbah", "1977", "The Call Up", "Magnificent Seven", "Rock The Casbah", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Rock Band 2007 Video Game writer: "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
The History Boys 2006 writer: "Mustapha Dance"
Stranger Than Fiction 2006 writer: "Death or Glory" 1979
You, Me and Dupree 2006 writer: "Train in Vain Stand by Me"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Clash: The Last Gang in Town 2013 Short
Hell W10 1983 Earl
The King of Comedy 1982 Street Scum (as Paul Simmion)
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains 1982 Johnny - Bassist for The Looters
Rude Boy 1980 Bassist

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Glastonbury 2010 2010 TV Mini-Series Himself
MTV World Stage: Gorillaz 2010 TV Movie Himself
Carnival! 2009 Documentary Himself
Quantum of Solace: Royal World Premiere Special 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Clash: Revolution Rock 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Clash: Tory Crimes and Other Tales 2008 Video Himself (as The Clash)
The Clash: Music in Review 2007 Video documentary Himself (as The Clash)
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2007 TV Series Himself - Performer
Later... With Jools Holland 2002-2006 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Himself
The Clash: The Clash's London Calling 2006 Video Himself (as The Clash)
Punk: Attitude 2005 Documentary Himself
London Calling: 25th Anniversary Edition 2004 Video documentary Himself (as The Clash)
Making of 'Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains' 2004 TV Short documentary Himself
The Essential Clash 2003 Video documentary Himself
Reggae: The Story of Jamaican Music 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Clash: Westway to the World 2000 Video documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live 1982 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Clash: Rock the Casbah 1982 Video short Himself
D.O.A. 1980 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)
Punk and Its Aftershocks 1980 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)
The Clash: London Calling 1979 Video short Himself
So It Goes 1977 TV Series Himself
Punk in London 1977 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)
The London Weekend Show 1976 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series Himself
The Rise and Fall of The Clash 2012 Documentary Himself
Punk Britannia 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself - The Clash
End of the Century 2003 Documentary Himself
Punk 1991 Documentary Himself (as The Clash)

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