Busta Jones

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Busta "Cherry" Jones
Birth name Michael Jones
Born September 26, 1951
Died December 6, 1995 (aged 44)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Genres New wave, experimental pop, alternative rock, post-punk, punk rock, funk, disco
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, artist, bassist
Instruments Bass
Years active 1973–1995
Associated acts Talking Heads, David Byrne, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Chris Spedding, The Ramones, Michel Pagliaro

Michael "Busta Cherry" Jones (September 26, 1951 - December 6, 1995) was an American musician. He is known for his work with Talking Heads and other punk and new wave bands.


Michael "Busta Cherry" Jones was born September 26, 1951.

In 1975, he played in a classic rock/funk band called "White Lightnin'", with some songs produced by Felix Pappalardi,[1]

Later he worked as a "hired gun" for a number of established post-punk and new wave acts, most notably Talking Heads. In Talking Heads, Jones played additional bass and rhythm guitar alongside regular band members Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison and David Byrne on the group’s Remain in Light tour, which was later documented on the latter half of the 1982 double live album The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads and an oft-bootlegged concert film shot in Rome during 1980.[citation needed] Due to friction with Weymouth, Jones’ association with the group was short-lived;[citation needed] however, he went on to appear on the 1981 David Byrne-Brian Eno collaboration My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and also earning a co-songwriting credit (along with Byrne and Eno) for the song "Regiment."[2][3]

Known for his funk-based bass playing, Jones issued a self-titled solo album in 1980 via Spring Records.[4][5] Later Jones was associated with other new wave and/or punk bands, including Gang of Four (he briefly replaced Dave Allen in the band) and The Ramones (Jones co-wrote the song “Chasing the Night” off the Too Tough to Die record, with Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone).[6]

Other artists Jones worked with included Chris Spedding (1981’s Friday the 13th and 1991’s Just Plug Him In!), Robert Fripp (1980’s God Save the Queen/Under Heavy Manners) and Brian Eno (1974's Here Come The Warm Jets), among others.[7]

Jones died of heart failure on December 6, 1995 in Memphis, Tennessee.[8]


  1. ^ "Busta 'Cherry' Jones". chrisspedding.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Busta 'Cherry' Jones Credits". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Busta Jones – Busta Jones!". discogs.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  5. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/busta-jones-mw0000858105
  6. ^ "Busta 'Cherry' Jones Credits". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Busta 'Cherry' Jones Credits". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Talevski, Nick (1999). Rock Obituaries: Knocking on Heaven's Door. Omnibus Press. p. 319. ISBN 1846090911.