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5 May 1962 |
|Genres||New wave, pop, punk rock, electronic|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar|
|Labels||RCA, Le Coq Musique|
|Associated acts||Wide Boy Awake
The Lavender Pill Mob
Adam and the Ants
Lee Jason Simeone
Mooney began as the bass player for Adam and the Ants, between 1980 and 1981, appearing on the album Kings of the Wild Frontier. After leaving the band because of personal conflict and creative differences, he formed the band Wide Boy Awake with partner John Keogh and collaborator Harley Price. Wide Boy Awake released two EPs in the UK, including songs "Chicken Outlaw", "Billy Hyena", "Bona Venture" and "Slang Teacher", some of which appear on 1980s various-artists compilations. The band were managed by Mooney's then-wife Pamela Rooke. "Billy Hyena" was accompanied by a music video directed by Derek Jarman. Wide Boy Awake disbanded soon after without releasing a full album of music. During this period, Mooney guested on Sinéad O'Connor's album The Lion and the Cobra, writing and playing guitar on one track "Just Call Me Joe", featuring Leslie Winer (co-writer) on backup spoken vocal.
Next, Mooney formed the band Max (not to be confused with the Japanese vocal group MAX) with Leslie Winer, a former associate of William S. Burroughs, plus John Keogh,Bob Thompson, Nik Corfield and Harley Price. The band recorded an unreleased album, featuring guitar work by another Adam Ant collaborator, Marco Pirroni. Mooney formed a new version of Max, which released an album called Silence Running, produced by Trevor Horn, but the band dissolved in the wake of money problems and drug-related deaths. Mooney relocated to Florida with Winer but returned to the UK in the 1990s.
In the 2000s, Mooney started another band, the Lavender Pill Mob, with Gary Asquith, a former member of Rema Rema, Mass and Renegade Soundwave, and Harley Price. This group recorded two albums (The Lavender Pill Mob and Mike's Bikes), released independently; the second album featured guest vocals by Adam Ant on one song.
In 2008, Mooney co-founded the S.A.H.I. organization (Societee Anomyme des Hermites Inconnu). Mooney joined forces again with Gary Asquith & the English musician Lee Jason Simeone  for various projects and one release issued by Le Coq Musique,  in 2009 titled The Dream Weaver.
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|Adam and the Ants bassist
1980 - 1981