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John Gosling (Psychic TV musician)

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John Gosling
Also known asJoan D'Arc, Mekon, Sugar J, Zoskia
Born (1963-10-16) 16 October 1963 (age 60)
GenresElectronica, big beat, trip hop, electro-industrial, alternative dance
LabelsWall of Sound

John Gosling (born c.1963, Brighton),[1] currently known as Mekon, is an English big beat and industrial musician and electronica producer.[2][3]

Gosling is well known as a member of Psychic TV.[4][5] Gosling founded the group Zos Kia,[6] Psychic TV (during 1984),[6] and Bass-o-Matic (with William Orbit) before recording as Mekon.[7] and teamed up with Coil[8][9] for the album Transparent. He has also done extensive remixing work under the name "Sugar J".[10]

His first single was "Phatty's Lunch Box", which was followed by "Revenge of the Mekon", which featured Frankie Fraser; Gosling met Fraser in Islington shortly after reading a biography of the former gangster, and they subsequently recorded three hours of Fraser reminiscing on his past, excerpts of which were used on the single.[7]

In the mid-to-late-Nineties he was a core member of the group Agent Provocateur along with Matthew Ashman (originally of Bow Wow Wow), Dan Peppe, Danny Saber (of Black Grape) and Cleo Torez.

He has worked with artists such as Schoolly D (on the Skool's Out album), Roxanne Shanté ("Yes Yes Y'All"), Marc Almond ("Delerious"), Bobby Gillespie, Alan Vega, and Afrika Bambaataa.[3][11] His third album, Something Came Up, featured artwork by fashion designer Alexander McQueen.[11][12]

Mekon's remix of the Infadels single "Can't Get Enough" appeared on an episode of Hex, a hit show originally shown on Sky One in the UK, and later on BBC America. It also featured on the FIFA 07 soundtrack. His song "What's Going On" is featured on the PlayStation 2 game ATV Offroad Fury 2 as well as the video game Amplitude.


Zos Kia

  • 23 as Zos Kia on 2CD, 2CS, 3x12" vinyl (2017)
  • Transparent as Zos Kia/Coil on CD, CS, 12" vinyl (1984)
  • Rape/Thank You on 7" vinyl (1984)
  • Be Like Me on 12" vinyl (1985)
  • Rape (Zos Kia album) on 12" vinyl (1985)
  • That's Heavy Baby (with Sugardog) on 7" and 12" vinyl (1987)

with Psychic TV

with Jam Nation

  • as Mekong on A Brief History of Ambient Volume 2: Imaginary Landscapes and C & S Street Jazz Presents Give 'Em Enough Dope Volume Two

with Bassomatic

with Agent Provocateur


as Mekon

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "HOW WE MET: Alexander McQueen & John Gosling 'We were walking the same way. I had no idea he was stalking me'", The Independent, 24 September 2000, retrieved 5 February 2010
  2. ^ Bush, John "Mekon Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 5 February 2010
  3. ^ a b "Mekon takes no prisoners", Newham Recorder, 14 September 2006, retrieved 5 February 2010
  4. ^ Keenan, David. England’s Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground (MIT & Strange Attractor Press, 2016)
  5. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (31 October 2003). The great indie discography. Canongate U.S. ISBN 978-1-84195-335-9. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  6. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 466
  7. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (1999) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0252-6, p. 220
  8. ^ [1] Gosling Bio Blurb
  9. ^ Buckley, Peter (28 October 2003). The rough guide to rock. Rough Guides. pp. 221–222. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  10. ^ Sugar J discography
  11. ^ a b Sasson, Chloe (2006) "Something Came Up", Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November 2006, retrieved 5 February 2010
  12. ^ "Mekon's third artist album out through Wall Of Sound", Resident Advisor, 8 May 2006, retrieved 5 February 2010

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