Big John Duncan

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Big John Duncan
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Background information
Birth nameJohn Duncan
Born (1958-08-14) 14 August 1958 (age 61)
Glasgow, Scotland
LabelsSecret, Captain Oi! Records, Exploited, Capitol, Radioactive, Blokshok, Parlophone
Associated actsThe Exploited, Nirvana, Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, Square Peg, The Blood Uncles, Petrol3, Gin Goblins, Zeitgeist, Human Zoo

John Duncan aka Big John Duncan is best known as the guitarist for The Exploited during their classic lineup of 1979 – 1984.[1] He played and wrote the music for their albums Punks Not Dead, Troops Of Tomorrow and Let's Start a War. He also played and wrote many of their single releases, the most famous being "Dead Cities" which they performed on Top of the Pops in 1981.

After their American tour in 1983, Duncan quit The Exploited. He then went on to play in several bands including Human Zoo, Crazy Maybe, and the Mighty Blood Uncles, and then in 1988 joined Goodbye Mr Mackenzie (with future Garbage singer Shirley Manson). In 1992 and 1993 he worked as a backline and guitar technician for the band Nirvana and played guitar with them during their concert in Roseland Ballroom, New York City on 23 July 1993.[1][2] In the early and mid 90s he played with The Kamikazee Freak Show and the Gin Goblins. Duncan worked with many other bands during his career including Twisted Sister, the Foo Fighters and Ministry


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2001) The Great Metal Discography, MOJO Books, ISBN 1-84195-185-4, p. 189
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