Paul Simon (drummer)

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Paul Simon
Also known as(The other) Paul Simon
Born1950 (age 68–69)
Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
GenresNew wave, post-punk, punk rock, world music
Years active1970s–present
Associated actsLimmie Funk Limited, Neo, Radio Stars, Girls At Our Best!, The Civilians, Cowboys International, Blitz, Ajanta Music

Paul Simon (born 1950[1] in Halifax, West Yorkshire,[2]) is a British drummer who played with different punk and new wave artists, like Ian North, Radio Stars, John Foxx and Glen Matlock. He is the brother of Robin, Ultravox and Magazine guitarist, with whom formed Ajanta Music, an experimental band, in the 1990s.


Being an organizer of the Halifax Arts Lab, in Halifax, he played with his younger brother Robin, in the 1970s in different bands of the area, and one of them included Billy Currie, later Ultravox. Later, he and Robert played in Limmie Snell's Limmie Funk Limited, touring England. In 1976 he was introduced to Ian North and the pair formed Radio, later Neo.[2]

Between early and mid 1977, while playing gigs with Neo, he joined Radio Stars, with former Radio's bandmate Martin Gordon, and recorded the "Good Personality" 7" single and some songs which were released in their Radio Stars Somewhere There's A Place For Us (1992); the time of his two bands were very full, dropping out from Radio Stars, who were preparing for a Japanese tour, while Neo had to do a gig at Marquee Club, being leal to North and his brother, rejoining for full-time with the latters, although Gordon and company asked him to tour in Japan.[3] That line-up in Neo continued until February/March 1978, when his brother Robert decided quit and join to Ultravox, so Paul was sacked by North shortly afterwards.[4]

After Neo, he integrated a number of bands in the late seventies and early eighties. By 1979, he formed part of The Civilians, where began to team up with Trevor Herion; in 1980 joined Cowboys International, replacing ex-The Clash Terry Chimes, recording some songs and doing the last tour before the split of that band; later, he was briefly in Girls At Our Best, recording their single "Politics!"/"It's Fashion" (November, 1980); later he and Herion dissolved The Civilians and formed The Fallout Club, with Thomas Dolby, releasing a number of singles, in 1981. By the time he collaborated with his ex-Cowboys International bandmate, singer Ken Lockie in his album "The Impossible" (1981), Glen Matlock's The Mavericks and The Philistines as member, and with John Foxx and Sue Rachel as collaborator.


  1. ^ "United Kingdom Yorkshire, Robert Simon |". Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Archived from the original on 2009-02-14.
  3. ^ Radio Stars - Somewhere There's A Place For Us compilation (booklet) (1992)
  4. ^ "Neo - A Punk History with Pictures". Retrieved 2014-07-03.