Moose Harris

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Moose Harris
Birth name Jason James Harris
Born (1967-12-17) 17 December 1967 (age 46)
Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, Guitar, Keyboards
Years active 1985–95
Labels EMI
Associated acts New Model Army, Monty Dubious, Atom Heart Mother, The Damned, Pants, Ska Trouble, Nick Harper, The Pieshop Boys.
Website www.mooseharris.com
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass

Moose Harris (born (1967-12-17)17 December 1967, Devizes, Wiltshire, England) is a British bass guitarist, who was known as Jason James Harris until June 2001, when he legally changed his name to reflect his former nickname and adopted professional alias of "Moose".

Biography[edit]

At the age of seventeen, Harris was recruited by New Model Army to replace original bass player Stuart Morrow (1980–85) who had left the band midway through the 1985 'No Rest For The Wicked' tour.[1]

He toured extensively with the band over the next five years, playing at venues across Europe, the United States and Japan. He also contributed to New Model Army's milestone albums, The Ghost of Cain (1986) and Thunder and Consolation (1989), before leaving in 1990, when he was replaced by Peter "Nelson" Nice.[2] In late 1992 he joined punk/goth rock band, The Damned. Having recorded the Not of This Earth album with them during 1994, he left in mid-1995 following the dissolution of that line-up. When the band reformed in 1996, he was replaced by former The Damned and Eddie and the Hot Rods bassist, Paul Gray.[3]

After The Damned split in 1995, Moose moved away from music as a professional career, but still managed to maintain a relationship with the business through music tuition, session work and music production. Although Dave Vanian offered Moose a chance to return to The Damned in 1996, the promised tour never materialised, and Vanian's future wife Patricia Morrison took over as bass guitarist soon after.[4] Between 1996 and 2007, Moose was the bass guitarist for Pants with former Lurkers drummer, Dan Tozer, guitarist Fal and a rolling line-up of disposable singers including Sean Wratten, Ivor Richards and Ian 'Ollie (sic)' Oliver.[5]

Since 2000 he has contributed to a number of diverse projects, including live and studio work with folk-rock group Pig Country, nine-piece ska band Ska Trouble, and punk band Bastard Squad.[6][7] He also assisted with the restoration of the hitherto unreleased album by Raspberry Parade, a psychedelic work masterminded by Steve Marshall,[8] using the long lost recordings of Brian Heddon.

In 2005, he became one-third of the band Sleeper Cell,[9] an unusual full-band project for singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Nick Harper. Sleeper Cell also featured Dan Tozer on drums. The band toured briefly in the Autumn of 2005, including an appearance at the Beautiful Days Festival.

In 2011, director Matt Reid interviewed Moose at his home for a documentary about New Model Army. The finished film, entitled "Between Dog and Wolf: the New Model Army Story" is due to première in London on 5 October 2014, at Piccadilly Vue, as part of the Raindance Film Festival 2014.[10]

Albums[edit]

New Model Army[edit]

Studio albums

Live albums

Compilations

Atom Heart Mother[edit]

Studio albums

The Damned[edit]

Studio albums

Live albums

Compilations

Session work[edit]

References[edit]

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