Lu Edmonds

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Lu Edmonds
Lu Edmonds performing with the Mekons on 15 July 2015.
Lu Edmonds performing with the Mekons on 15 July 2015.
Background information
Birth nameRobert David Edmonds
Born (1957-09-09) 9 September 1957 (age 64)
OriginWelwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, UK
GenresPunk rock, new wave, alternative rock, folk rock, world music
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, keyboards, bouzouki, saz, cümbüş, oud, drums
Associated actsPublic Image Ltd, the Mekons, the Damned, Shriekback, the Spizzles

Robert David "Lu" Edmonds (born 9 September 1957) is an English rock and folk musician. He is currently, as of 2018, a vocalist and saz and cümbüş player in the Mekons and the lead guitarist for Public Image Limited. Edmonds reportedly plays electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, bouzouki, saz, cümbüs, oud, and drums, among other instruments.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Growing up abroad in Poland, South America, Russia and Cyprus, Edmonds was educated in local schools and at Ampleforth College. As of 2018, he resided in Ireland.[citation needed]

Rock music[edit]

Edmonds is currently, as of 2018, a vocalist and saz and cümbüş player[citation needed] in the Mekons, and also the lead guitarist for Public Image Limited.

Edmonds first came to prominence as a member of the Damned, playing guitar on their second album, 1977's Music For Pleasure.[2] It was the rest of the band that nicknamed him "Lu"—short for "Lunatic". Billed simply as "Lu" while with the Damned, subsequent bands billed him as Lu Edmonds (or occasionally "Lu Knee").[citation needed] He has played in Public Image Ltd,[3] the Spizzles, the Mekons, Shriekback, as a Bloke in Billy Bragg & the Blokes as well as on tracks by the Waterboys and Kirsty MacColl.[citation needed] He also co-wrote songs with MacColl for her first album and played lead guitar on her first single "They Don't Know" (and also on the cover of that song by comedian Tracey Ullman).[citation needed]

In 1979 Edmonds was guitarist/vocalist in new-wave band the Edge. This band also featured drummer Jon Moss, (whom Edmonds met in the Damned, and who went on to become the drummer in Culture Club), bassist Glyn Havard (who played in proto neo-age prog-rock gods Jade Warrior) and keyboardist Gavin Povey (who later played with UK virtuoso guitarist Albert Lee in Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes).[citation needed]

Eclectic music[edit]

In the early years (1982–?) of the band 3 Mustaphas 3, "world music" pioneers, Edmonds played various instruments under the pseudonym Uncle Patrel Mustapha Bin Mustapha. Then Edmonds and Ben Mandelson, both former "Mustaphas", created two trios: in 2009 Blue Blokes 3 with Ian A. Anderson, releasing the album Stubble (Fledg'ling Records);[citation needed] and in 2010 Les Triaboliques with fellow picker Justin Adams, releasing the album Rivermudtwilight.[4][5] In 2010, Edmonds appeared on Poets and Lighthouses, the latest album by Albert Kuvezin of the Tuvan ethnic-rock fusion group Yat Kha.[6] In 2019, Edmonds and Mark Roberts, as Blabbermouth, released the album Hörspiel ("hörspiel" being German for "radio drama" or "audio play"), with several guest musicians, including Rico Bell and Sally Timms of the Mekons, and Albert Kuvezin.[7]

Circa 2000–2015, Edmonds spent several years helping local musicians in Western Siberia and Central Asia to promote their work[1] and to set up recording facilities.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Lu Edmonds". Norbert "Nobby" Knape. 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  2. ^ "The Damned- Damned Damned Damned Expanded Edition". Record Collector Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  3. ^ Lu Edmonds at AllMusic
  4. ^ Les Triaboliques at AllMusic
  5. ^ Rivermudtwilight at AllMusic
  6. ^ "Official website of Yat Kha". Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Blabbermouth: Hörspiel". Dirter Promotions. 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.

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