Paul Simonon: “I couldn't hear the bass on The Who, but with reggae I could work out the basslines and play along”

Ebet Roberts/Getty Images SEPTEMBER 20 1979: PALLADIUM Photo of Paul SIMONON and Joe STRUMMER and CLASH, Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon performing live onstage
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Former bass player for The Clash, Paul Simonon, has been talking about his new project with singer-songwriter Galen Ayers and looking back over some of his bass playing highlights. 

Talking to the Rockonteurs podcast, hosted by bass player Guy Pratt and his bandmate in Saucerful of Secrets, former Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, Simonon was promoting his new collaboration with singer-songwriter Galen Ayers, daughter of Ken Ayers, under the name Galen & Paul. Their debut album, Can We Do Tomorrow Another Day?, is released in May, with the single Lonely Town out now.

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Tom Poak has written for the Hull Daily Mail, Esquire, The Big Issue, Total Guitar, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and more. In a writing career that has spanned decades, he has interviewed Brian May, Brian Cant, and cadged a light off Brian Molko. He has stood on a glacier with Thunder, in a forest by a fjord with Ozzy and Slash, and on the roof of the Houses of Parliament with Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham (until some nice men with guns came and told them to get down). He has drank with Shane MacGowan, mortally offended Lightning Seed Ian Broudie and been asked if he was homeless by Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch.