Life In Havana

Paul Simonon’s post-Clash outfit Havana 3am may not be very fondly remembered (if they are remembered at all) but their only album, released in 1991, has a couple of decent songs. I posted the spaghetti western/dub track Hey Amigo! over two years ago. I pulled it out again recently and gave it a quick spin and this one stood out, with its very nice picked bassline, some bongos and sparse guitar and a vocal that, if you close your eyes, could almost be Joe.

The picture shows that whatever they may have said about it being a band, Paul was the de facto frontman and main selling point. And hey, quite right too.

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Paul Simonon Havana 3am ‘Hey Amigo’

I realised the other day I’ve done a post-Clash Mick post and a post-Clash Joe post, so I thought I better do a post-Clash Paul post, seeing as Paul Simonon was and remains the beating heart at the centre of the only band that mutters. The best looking man in West London. The coolest man ever to wear a bass guitar. Guns Of Brixton. Cheekbones. Paint splattered kit, years ahead of The Roses. Reggae influences worn on the sleeve. Skinhead chic. Finest quiff since you know who. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. I could go on, but it would turn into some kind of homoerotic love letter. Ahem.

Paul Simonon’s post Clash career is not littered with goodies, unless you count his paintings. In fact if it wasn’t for the lp he did with Albarn two years ago, we’d have very little to go on. And I’m not going to post any of The Good, The Bad, And The Queen anyway. After The Clash finally split (1985, Cut The Crap, no Mick, shite album) Paul eventually formed Havana 3am. Inspired by punk, bull fighting and Cuba the album doesn’t hold many rewards to be honest. Singer Gary Myrick died of cancer after it’s release, causing Paul serious distress. This is the best track, Hey Amigo, a cross-breed of spaghetti western and dub reggae. It’s actually really good. Just don’t go looking for the whole album. It’s Paul Simonon folks, it couldn’t be all bad could it?

I’ve got nothing Topper did after The Clash, so I suppose this is the end of this particular mini-series.

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