Paul Bonin

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Paul Bonin
Origin London, England
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Years active 1979–current
Associated acts The Jetset, Smalltown Parade, King Bastard, The Magoo Brothers, The Chosen Few, The Wildfires
Website Official website

Paul Bonin is a singer and musician (electric bass, guitar) and a songwriter/composer. His body of published recorded work spans from 1980 to the present day.[1]

Bonin was born in Hammersmith, London and grew up in north London. He began playing bass in north London punk band "The Shit", the only band to play at the National Union of Students rally in Hyde Park in front of a crowd of 5000 in March 1979. Bonin played bass in The Jetset, recording and touring with the band from 1980–82. During this time, Bonin worked for media mogul Clive Banks at his Parker Street offices, taking over the office boy's job from Gary Crowley, where several well-known bands (The Pretenders, Elvis Costello, The Stranglers, Bob Geldof) were based.[citation needed]

After moving to Berlin in 1986, he founded the street-punk band "The Magoo Brothers". Before their demise in 1989, the band had toured all over Europe, playing over 400 concerts in the process. They released the album Beyond Believable in 1988 on the German Bouncing Corporation label and published by Constrictor.

Bonin followed this by forays into the newly independent Eastern European states, playing to a TV audience of 250 million at the Jurmala Festival in Riga, Latvia in 1992 ,[2] as well as at the Ukrainian national Festival Maria later that year. Bonin also supported Marc Almond at the Sopot Festival in 1993.

He was offered a place at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in 1996. This was also the year he began a 15-year performing career on stage at the Deutsche Oper (German National Opera) in Berlin, taking on a variety of roles including M. Guillot in Tschaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.[citation needed]

Record releases followed throughout the late 1990s with his band "King Bastard" which featured the legendary Tex Morton on guitar.[3] Their song "Time on my Hands" was featured in Leander Haussmann's film of Sven Regener's novel "Herr Lehmann".[4] Bonin teamed up with Regener in 2001, singing backing vocals on the Element of Crime album Romantik. Bonin has continued to write, many of his songs appearing in films and television. He signed to Universal in 2004 as a songwriter in his own right.

During a period arranging and co-producing with Moses Schneider (Beatsteaks, Tocotronic), and writing with Christian Geller (Banaroo, No Angels), Vanessa Petruo and Apocalyptica, Bonin also found time to tour and write with Ben Hamilton and The Say Highs, playing supports for The Sea and Cake, Jack Peñate and Kula Shaker, among others.

He has continued to play live and record since then and is now preparing his new bands, The Chosen Few, and The Wildfires [2] for action.[5]

The Wildfires released their debut album "One" on Amazing Records (Europe) at the end of 2013, produced by David Young.[6] They are currently residing in Berlin and touring throughout Europe.

Paul's career branched out into the field of acting in May 2016 when he took on the role of 'Wally' in Volker Schlöndorff's filming of Return to Montauk. The film is due to be released in 2017.


Music and/or words (outtakes)[edit]

Film and television outtakes[edit]

  • "Apocalypso Calypso" – ARD Germany
  • "America" – ARD Germany
  • "After the Fire" – Russian State TV
  • "Somewhere" – Russian State TV
  • "Miracle" – Ukrainian State TV
  • "To Be Someone" – Ukrainian State TV
  • "Rembrandt" – Ukrainian State TV
  • "Summer in the Rain" – Polish State TV (Sopot Festival)
  • "Million Places" – Millennium Crash (film), ARD Germany
  • "Strawberry Parade" – Millennium Crash (film), ARD Germany
  • "Time on my Hands" – Herr Lehmann (film), Boje Buck Films Germany
  • "Sensational"[permanent dead link], Starsearch 2, SAT1 Germany
  • Paul Bonin songsearch at the GEMA (German Performing Rights Society)[7]
  • Paul Bonin and the Chosen Few (live on German national TV)