Tymon Dogg

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Tymon Dogg
Birth name Stephen Murray[1]
Also known as Timon, Step Murray
Born 1950 (age 63–64)
Formby, Lancashire, England[2]
Origin London, England[2]
Genres Folk, Punk, Rock, World
Instruments Violin, Guitar, Piano, Harmonium
Years active 1967–present
Associated acts The Clash, The Mescaleros
Website www.tymondogg.net

Tymon Dogg (born Stephen John Murray) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dogg's career started early with shows at the Cavern and Peppermint Lounge in Liverpool when he was just 15. As well as pursuing a solo career, he collaborated with many bands and musicians including The Clash, and was a member of Joe Strummer's last band, The Mescaleros.

Dogg moved to London at 17, he signed to Pye records and recorded a single, "The Bitter Thoughts of Little Jane" featuring Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones (later of Led Zeppelin fame). Moving to Apple Records, Dogg recorded tracks produced by Peter Asher and featuring Paul McCartney on piano and James Taylor on guitar. Dogg then toured with The Moody Blues and worked closely with Justin Hayward to produce many tracks, "Now She Says She's Young" being released as single in 1970.

Dogg became disillusioned with the constraints of the commercial music industry and cut his ties with it to become part of London's early 1970s underground scene.

Moving into a squatted property in Westbourne Grove, Dogg made a living gigging in folk clubs and busking with house mate 'Woody' aka Joe Strummer. Dogg regularly played at the Charlie Pig Dog Club with the 101ers and when Joe Strummer joined The Clash Dogg was invited to contribute tracks on Sandinista and Combat Rock.

Other notable housemates from that time included all female punk band The Slits, with whom Dogg shared a flat until 1978.

In 1978, Dogg spent six months in India, moving to the North East of England on his return in 1979 with artist Helen Cherry.

In 1980 Dogg moved to New York, meeting up with old friends Joe Strummer and Mick Jones who were recording at Electric Ladyland.

Dogg worked with Malcolm McLaren in 1982-3 while the latter was producing Duck Rock. Dogg released two solo albums during the 1980s including Battle of Wills and Relentless, as well as New Age Songs, (1987) an album by the band he formed with Helen Cherry called the Frugivores.

In 1991, Dogg and Helen had a son who was born with learning disabilities. The next decade was devoted to taking care of him.

In 2000, Dogg met up with old friend Joe Strummer again at the Poetry Olympics curated by Michael Horovitz. The two performed an impromptu set of songs together, with Lily Allen in her début stage performance as backing singer.

Shortly afterwards, Dogg joined Strummer's band, The Mescaleros, and the two worked together until Strummer's untimely death in 2002 producing hits such as "Mondo Bongo" (for which Dogg wrote the tune) and "Johnny Appleseed".

Dogg has continued to write and record his music. An EP, Guantanamo was released by Map Music in 2006; in 2010 Cherry Red released a compilation of songs from 1967 - 2009 called The Irrepressible Dogg Dogg and Thin Man Press produced a CD of Dogg's soundscape settings of extracts from Louis Aragon's A Wave of Dreams in 2012.

Dogg produced and composed settings for the album Forgive and Forget by singer-songwriter Susannah Austin which will be released early 2014.


Discography[edit]

Solo recordings[edit]

Year Album
1976 Tymon Dogg
1982 Battle of Wills
1987 Frugivores - New Age Songs
1989 Relentless
2007 (EP) Guantanamo
2010 A Wave of Dreams
2010 The Irrepressible Tymon Dogg

With Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros[edit]

Year Album Artist Credit
2001 Global a Go-Go Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Composed tune and played Spanish guitar on "Mondo Bongo"; composed & played violin improvisation on "Minstrel Boy"; violin, mandolin, Spanish guitar, acoustic & electric guitar on most tracks.
2002 Give 'Em the Boot III Various artists Violin, Spanish guitar on Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros' "Global A Go-Go"
2003 Streetcore Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Violin on "Silver and Gold"
2004 Give 'Em the Boot IV Various artists Violin on Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros "Junco Pardner"

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Album Artist Credit
1980 Sandinista! The Clash Composed music & lyrics, sang & played violin on "Lose This Skin"; composed & played violin part on "The Equaliser"; played violin on "Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)" & "Something About England"; played harmonium on "Sound of the Sinners".
1981 Short Back 'n' Sides Ian Hunter Violin on "Old Records Never Die"
1981 Spirit of St. Louis Ellen Foley Wrote tunes & lyrics, played violin on: "Beautiful Waste of Time," "Game of a Man" and "Indestructible"
1982 Combat Rock The Clash Composed & played piano part on "Death Is A Star" Composed & sang out-take track "Once You Know" backed by all members of The Clash
1985 The Price of Grain Poison Girls Violin on "The Price of Grain and the Price of Blood" and "Stonehenge 1985"
1995 The Bitter Lie Doctor Millar Producer
1998 De Granada a la Luna Various artists Violin and guest vocals on "Casida Del Herido Por El Agua" with Lagartija Nick
2000 Once Bitten Twice Shy Ian Hunter Violin on "Old Records Never Die"
2007/2008 Screamin El Doghouse Violin on "Screamin' Bloody Murder"
2008 Howl El Doghouse Violin on "Screamin' Bloody Murder"
2009 This Is Only Me Jonathan Martin Production, Violin on Single "This Is Only Me"
2013 Forgive And Forget Susannah Austin Producer, composed & performed all instrumental parts except Ukelele on "Come Have a Drink".

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