Bruce Neal Smith is a British musician best known as the drummer for post-punk band The Pop Group. He has also been a member of The Slits and the New Age Steppers and is currently performing with Public Image Ltd. He was once married to Neneh Cherry.
Smith helped co-found
The Pop Group in 1977 and would play with them until they disbanded in 1981. Smith was also part of the line-up when the band re-formed in 2010. [1 ] [2 ] [3 ]
While the Pop Group was still active, Smith also joined
The Slits in 1979 and would play with them until they disbanded in 1981. [1 ]
After the Pop Group and the Slits, Smith teamed up with
Adrian Sherwood and performed with the New Age Steppers and various other acts on Sherwood's On-U Sound Records label. He married Neneh Cherry, who was also involved with the New Age Steppers, during this period. Smith and Cherry then went onto form Rip Rig + Panic with former Pop Group guitarist Gareth Sager. This band performed from 1981-1983. [4 ] [5 ]
In 1986 Smith joined
PiL for the tour to support their release and became a permanent member of the band, playing on their next two studio albums Album and Happy? . 9 Smith left PiL in 1990 a few years before the band broke up. However, Smith re-joined the band when [6 ] John Lydon reformed it in 2009. [7 ]
In addition to working with his regular bands, Smith has also done a lot of session work, recording with artists such as
Terrence Trent D'Arby, Guided By Voices, The The and Björk. [4 ] [6 ] [8 ]
Partial discography [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
"Go! Go! Go! This Is It"/"The Ultimate in Fun (Is Going to the Disco With My Baby)"
"Bob Hope Takes Risks"/"Hey Mr E! A Gran Grin With a Shake of Smile"
"You're My Kind of Climate"/"She Gets So Hungry at Night She Eats Her Jewellery"
"Storm the Reality Asylum"/"Leave Your Spittle in the Pot" / "It's Always Tic for Tac You Foolish Brats"
"Beat the Beast"/"1619, A Dutch Vessel Docked in the USA With 20 Humans For Sale"
"Do the Tightrope"/"Blip This Jig It's Shamanic"/"Do the Tightrope (Instrumental)"