Give your head a Wobble
One of the most jaw-dropping performances in the history of Top of the Pops came in July 1979 when John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd performed Death Disco, which was written for Lydon’s mother who had recently died of cancer. Never before had such a rhythmical dissonant song ever been featured on the show. And as a counterpart to Lydon’s death stare was Jah Wobble’s daffy face, which broke into the biggest “Fuck You!” of all cheesy grins.
And he’s been sticking cats among pigeons his entire life, working with everyone from Primal Scream to Sinead O’Connor, Bjork to Chaka Demus & Pliers. He’s also the main mover and groover behind Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart who released their debut album, Without Judgement, in 1990 and its Mercury nominated follow up, Rising Above Bedlam, in 1991.
The band split in 1994 after their Take Me To God album, with Wobble going on to launch his own 30 Hertz record label. The band were back in the news in 2017 however with The Usual Suspects, which reworked some of his classic hits of yore – taken from all corners of his career – to massive acclaim from fans of dub, punk, post-punk, rock and all of the other genres he’s managed to bend to his will down through the years. A true living legend, don’t miss his performance at Newcastle’s lovely Boiler Shop in early February.Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart, Thursday 1 February, Boiler Shop, 20 South Street, Newcastle, 10pm-4am, £16. boilershop.net