According to those that know- Brian James had the punk vision first.
Mick Jones remembers him turning up for a London SS audition witha brilliant vision of the future of bands playing short, sharp rock n roll songs- this was 1975.
For a week they jammed together with Tony James and young drummer they nick named Rat Scabies, it didn’t work out because they didn’t like Rat’s hair but Brian knew that the drummer was amazing and split to put the Damned together.
The band became one of the holy trinity of early punk with the Clash and the Pistols and their first two albums that were written by Brian are perhaps two of the great rock n roll records ever and fizz with adrenalin, great song writing and his amazing guitar playing.
He quit the band in late 1977 and put together the long lost but fab psych band Tanz Der Youth, whose debut single, ‘I’m Sorry, I’m Sorry’ has long been a favourite of mine before forming Lords Of The New Church- the prototype sleaze rock n roll band.
Over the decades he has played with everyone from Iggy to JJ Burnel and in the last few years with Rat and Texas Terri has been touring his version of the first Damned album which sounds great and is about to release a solo album.
More info from here…
….’as requested here are 10 of Brian’s favourite albums although he stresses not
necessarily his top ten and in no particular order…’
a) Rolling Stones “Out of our Heads”
‘My favourite Brian Jones Stones album, though they’re all cool, before they got
boring old Mick Taylor in and become just another band.’
b) Jimi Hendrix Experience “Axis Bold As Love”
‘The second and most beautiful ie Little Wing and Castles Made of Sand, would
love to hear the original lost mixes, but this still ‘melts’ today.’
c) Iggy & the Stooges “Raw Power”
‘Attitude in spades,… twin voice n guitar attack…. the most fantastically shit
mix in rock n roll history …….timeless.’
d) John Coltrane “Live at Birdland”
‘Classic line up of John Coltrane tenor sax, Elvin Jones drums, Jimmy Garrison bass and
McCoy Tyner on piano. If you wanna know where Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell got a
lot of their interactive groove from then check this out.’
e) Howlin’ Wolf “The Genuine Article”
‘The first guitar riff i learned was Wolf’s guitarist Hubert Summlin playing
smoke stack lightning and just listen to that voice.’