“At the beginning John Lydon really loved it, and there was a real sense that it was great. And then, of course, it got very dark”: Jah Wobble on PiL, going back to his P-Bass – and why he’s reworking Metal Box

Jah Wobble
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Born in Stepney, London, in 1958 and coming of age in the ‘70s, John Joseph Wardle was born to play punk rock, most notably as the original bassist in John Lydon’s post-Sex Pistols group Public Image Ltd.

Wardle had been renamed ‘Jah Wobble’ by Pistols bassist Sid Vicious while they were both members of The Four Johns. He’s is said to have kept the name because “people would never forget it.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.