1CC6190E-A1C5-4940-A2EB-A09267E6C4ABWe are sorry to hear of the death of Steve Jameson, the extraordinary bassist from World Domination Enterprises.

The band arrived in the late eighties full of shrapnel guitars of former Here and Now member, Keith Dobson and those monster grooves of drummer Digger and that bass that sounded like no other. He really was an extraordinary player – a huge elastic groove underpinning the band’s heavy duty brilliance with a dub rumble and a funk grind added to a post punk intensity. Why the band never got any bigger and remain a highly influential cult band is one of God’s own mysteries but the small catalogue they left behind is an object example of the possibilities of noise rock if you add space and other influences like funk and early hip hop which can be best heard on their iconic track ‘Asbestos Lead Asbestos’.

The charismatic bassist had been part of that loose underground in the Ladbroke Grove area that sat somewhere between the urban geurilla hippy era and the punk and Post punk scenes – a micro world where everything is possible in arts, culture and society and on stage became at one with his bass – a skeletal, magnetic, towering figure locked into the heavy bottom end rumble that was so part and parcel of this key band’s sound

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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  1. I met Steve when he was playing in the band Cut in the 90’s,always a nice fella to me and a stonking bass player.Hope he’s at peace now.

  2. Sorry to hear. Asbestos was a huge single wich struck me as a bomb. Bassicly because of that song we invited them to play at the TegenTonen festival 1987, in Paradiso Amsterdam.

  3. Very sad news, such a great bass sound he had. Is there any writing on that era of Ladbroke Grove? Or anything about it’s countercultural history?

    • Mick Farrens “Give the anarchist a cigarette “ is mandatory on the subject. Also Nick Kent wrote about it too. Cheers.

  4. I’m so sorry to hear the lost of this wonderful person to whom I got the pleasure to meet as his daughter is part of the kids field in glastonbury festival and whom we have the pleasure to work along with her our most sincere condolences and much love to the rest of the family.

  5. That’s a damn shame, he can’t have been all that old? I had the pleasure of seeing WDE in Glasgow in late 87 and they were tremendous! My sympathies go to his family.

  6. Genuinely gutted to hear this. WDE was my first ever gig with godflesh and loop; I still have his autograph on a paper plate! Let’s play is still one of my fave albums. RIP.

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