Bruce Smith (musician)
|Birth name||Bruce Neal Smith|
|Also known as||Minty|
|Genres||Post-punk, alternative rock|
|Associated acts||The Pop Group, The Slits, Rip Rig + Panic, Public Image Ltd|
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.
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.
In 1986 Smith joined PiL for the tour to support their Album release and became a permanent member of the band, playing on their next two studio albums Happy? and 9. Smith left PiL in 1990 a few years before the band broke up. However, Smith re-joined the band when John Lydon reformed it in 2009.
- Y - The Pop Group (1979)
- For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? - The Pop Group (1980)
- We Are Time - The Pop Group (1980)
- In The Beginning There Was Rhythm / Where There's A Will There's a Way - The Slits / The Pop Group (1980)
- New Age Steppers - New Age Steppers (1980)
- Threat To Creation - Creation Rebel / New Age Steppers (1981)
- Return of the Giant Slits - The Slits (1981)
- God - Rip Rig + Panic (1981)
- Environmental Studies - African Head Charge (1982)
- I Am Cold - Rip Rig + Panic (1982)
- Attitude - Rip Rig + Panic (1983)
- Sir Henry at N'didi’s Kraal - Vivian Stanshall (1984)
- Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby - Terence Trent D'Arby (1987)
- Happy? - Public Image Ltd (1987)
- 9 - Public Image Ltd (1989)
- Self-Inflicted Aerial Nostalgia - Guided by Voices (1989)
- Knee Deep in Hits (comp) - Rip Rig + Panic (1990)
- Dusk - The The (1992)
- Debut - Björk (1993)
- Sweetback - Sweetback (1996)
- We Are All Prostitutes (comp) - The Pop Group (1998)
- Idealists In Distress from Bristol (comp) - The Pop Group (2007)
- ALiFE 2009 (live) - Public Image Ltd (2009)
- Live at Isle of Wight Festival 2011 (live) - Public Image Ltd (2011)
- This is PiL - Public Image Ltd (2012)
- Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 757–758. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
- Wilkinson, Peter (14 September 2010). "Review: Pop Group returns, raucous and defiant". CNN.
- "The Pop Group Reform — Bristol post-punk band announce gigs". Clash (magazine). 10 July 2010.
- "Bruce Smith biography". On-U Sound Records.
- Bruce Smith (musician) at AllMusic
- "PiL Members". Public Image Ltd.
- Goldsmith, Belinda (9 September 2009). "Sex Pistol singer John Lydon to reform Public Image". Reuters.
- "PiL People Bios". Public Image Ltd.