Cliff Jones (musician)

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Cliff Jones (born 1968, London) is a British musician, songwriter, record producer and journalist who came to prominence as the singer with the Britpop band Gay Dad.

Early career[edit]

His career in music began in 1991, when he was asked to write for International Musician and the newly established Guitar magazine - both publications being part of the Northern & Shell Group, owned by Richard Desmond.

In 1993 Jones was asked to contribute music features to the UK style magazine The Face, men's fashion magazine Arena Homme Plus and Melody Maker. In 1994 he was asked to write for Mojo, eventually becoming a regular writer contributing cover features on Pink Floyd, Iggy & The Stooges and Sly & the Family Stone. One of his more significant features was The Face 'Union Jack' cover featuring Blur in 1994. It is thought to be one of the earlier pieces on what would become Britpop.[citation needed]

Significant interviews included Bryan Ferry, The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Elton John, Charlie Watts, The Beach Boys, Beck, My Bloody Valentine, Talk Talk, George Clinton, Les Paul, Leonard Cohen, The Fugees, Oasis, Blur, Happy Mondays, Nirvana, Will Oldham, Terence McKenna, Timothy Leary, Ringo Starr, Ride, Arthur Brown and Traci Lords.

Career as musician[edit]

Jones had been writing songs throughout this period. In 1996 the band Gay Dad was formed in London. In September 1997 they signed to London Records, but split up following a world tour in 2002. Jones went into songwriting and production bringing the Texas-based band, Young Heart Attack, to the attention of XL Recordings. He produced and co-wrote their debut album, recording in London and Austin, Texas. He went on to produce The Golden Virgins debut for XL and the The Faceless Warewolves for the same label. Other productions include Lovebites[disambiguation needed], Sia and The Applicators.

Current activity[edit]

Jones continues to produce and songwrite for musicians, for film and television advertising as well as managing artists. He also sits on the media executive of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, judges on the annual Ivor Novello Awards, and remains vocal on the issue of copyright infringement on peer-to-peer file sharing networks and the issues facing songwriters and composers in the current digital economy.

He continues to write on all aspects of the music industry for The Sunday Times and The Times newspapers, and lectures at the Bristol Institute of Modern Music and Bath Spa University.


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