Called by some the
Godfather of Anti-Folk, the Clash/Joe Strummer collaborator finally releases an
anthology that spans his 40-year career.
By Blurt Staff
Clash and Joe Strummer fans know the name: Tymon Dogg (born
Stephen John Murray) worked with the Clash in the ‘80s (his violin was featured
prominently on Sandinista!) and was a
key member of the Mescaleros until Strummer’s untimely death in 2002,
co-writing some of the band’s most successful tracks including “Mondo Bongo” (featured
in the hit film Mr & Mrs Smith, no
less) and “Johnny Appleseed.” Over the years he’s also worked with a host of
other musical luminaries, among them Roy Harper, The Cramps, Trapeze, Neville
Staple, The Fall, Richard Strange, Stone the Crows, Rory McLeod, Charles
Hayward, Lol Coxhill and Hugh Hopper.
The Tymon Dogg story is really a tale of two Tymons. As
Timon, he was a psychedelic pop troubadour who cut several beguiling singles in
the late ‘60s, before opting out of the pop scene that had shaped the style and
sound of his early recordings. In the ‘70s he and his grand piano moved into London’s Westbourne Grove
squatting scene. His radical politics and musical originality attracted many of
the community’s emerging musicians to his gigs and records – including
housemates Strummer and (later) the Slits. Now going by the name of Tymon Dogg,
he defiantly mixed folk, pop and world music influences into a distinctive and
wholly uncompromising style that he pursues to this day, and he’s currently in
the planning stages of some new recordings.
Cherry Red label has just dropped Irrepressible:
A Collection 1968-2009 which charts the man’s 40 year journey from his late
‘60s Pye single “The Bitter Thoughts of Little Jane” to some of his more recent
recordings, including “Guantanamo,”
an angry indictment of the infamous detention camp.
You can bring yourself up to speed and check out some music
samples at his official website.