Tymon Dogg

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Tymon Dogg
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Background information
Birth nameStephen Murray[1]
Also known asTimon, Step Murray
Born1950 (age 70–71)
Formby, Lancashire, England[2]
OriginLondon, England[2]
GenresFolk, punk, world
InstrumentsViolin, guitar, piano, harmonium, viola, shawm
Years active1967–present
Associated actsThe Clash, The Mescaleros

Tymon Dogg (born Stephen John Murray) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Dogg's career started early with shows at the Cavern and Peppermint Lounge in Liverpool when he was 15. As well as pursuing a solo career, he collaborated with many bands and musicians including The Clash, and was a member of Joe Strummer's last band, The Mescaleros.


Dogg moved to London at 17, signed to Pye Records (under the name Timon) and recorded a single, "The Bitter Thoughts of Little Jane" featuring then-session musicians Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.[3] Moving to Apple Records, Dogg recorded tracks produced by Peter Asher featuring Paul McCartney on piano and James Taylor on guitar. Dogg then toured with The Moody Blues and worked closely with Justin Hayward to produce many tracks, "Now She Says She's Young" being released as a single in 1970.[4]

Dogg became part of London's early 1970s underground scene. Moving into a squatted property in Westbourne Grove, Dogg made a living playing in folk clubs and busking with house mate Joe Strummer.[5][6] Dogg regularly played at the Charlie Pig Dog Club with the 101ers and when Joe Strummer joined The Clash, Dogg was invited to contribute tracks on Sandinista! and Combat Rock.[7][8][9][10]

Other notable housemates from that time included all female punk band The Slits. In 1978, Dogg moved to the North East of England with artist Helen Cherry.[10] Dogg released Battle of Wills during the 1980s. In 2000, Dogg met up with Joe Strummer again at the Poetry Olympics curated by Michael Horovitz. The two performed an impromptu set of songs together, with Lily Allen in her début stage performance as backing singer.[11][12][13][5]

Shortly afterwards, Dogg joined Strummer's band, The Mescaleros, and the two worked together until Strummer's death in 2002 producing songs such as "Mondo Bongo" and "Johnny Appleseed".[10] Dogg has continued to write and record his music. In 2010 Rev-Ola Records released a compilation of songs from 1967 to 2009 called The Irrepressible Tymon Dogg and Thin Man Press produced a CD of Dogg's soundscape settings of extracts from Louis Aragon's A Wave of Dreams in 2012.[14]


Solo recordings[edit]

Year Album
1976 Tymon Dogg
1982 Battle of Wills
1987 Frugivores – New Age Songs
1989 Relentless
2007 (EP) Guantanamo
2010 A Wave of Dreams
2010 The Irrepressible Tymon Dogg
2015 Made of Light

With Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros[edit]

Year Album Artist Credit
2001 Global a Go-Go Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Composed tune and played Spanish guitar on "Mondo Bongo"; composed & played violin improvisation on "Minstrel Boy"; violin, mandolin, Spanish guitar, acoustic & electric guitar on most tracks.
2002 Give 'Em the Boot III Various artists Violin, Spanish guitar on Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros' "Global A Go-Go"
2003 Streetcore Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Violin on "Silver and Gold"
2004 Give 'Em the Boot IV Various artists Violin on Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros "Junco Pardner"

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Album Artist Credit
1980 Sandinista! The Clash Composed music & lyrics, sang & played violin on "Lose This Skin"; composed & played violin part on "The Equaliser"; played violin on "Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)" & "Something About England"; played harmonium on "Sound of the Sinners".
1981 Short Back 'n' Sides Ian Hunter Violin on "Old Records Never Die"
1981 Spirit of St. Louis Ellen Foley Wrote tunes & lyrics, played violin on: "Beautiful Waste of Time," "Game of a Man" and "Indestructible"
1982 Combat Rock The Clash Composed & played piano part on "Death Is A Star". Composed & sang out-take track "Once You Know" backed by all members of The Clash
1985 The Price of Grain Poison Girls Violin on "The Price of Grain and the Price of Blood" and "Stonehenge 1985"
1995 The Bitter Lie Doctor Millar Producer
1998 De Granada a la Luna Various artists Violin and guest vocals on "Casida Del Herido Por El Agua" with Lagartija Nick
2000 Once Bitten Twice Shy Ian Hunter Violin on "Old Records Never Die"
2007/2008 Screamin El Doghouse Violin on "Screamin' Bloody Murder"
2008 Howl El Doghouse Violin on "Screamin' Bloody Murder"
2009 This Is Only Me Jonathan Martin Production, Violin on Single "This Is Only Me"
2013 Forgive And Forget Susannah Austin Producer, composed & performed all instrumental parts except ukulele on "Come Have a Drink".


  1. ^ [1] Archived 6 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Tymon Dogg | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Timon – Bitter Thoughts Of Little Jane / Rambling Boy (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Timon – And Now She Says She's Young". Discogs.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b Anthony Davie. CAMION BLANC: JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS. CAMION BLANC. pp. 50–. ISBN 978-2-35779-584-6.
  6. ^ Pat Gilbert (1 November 2011). Passion is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash. Aurum Press. pp. 78–. ISBN 978-1-84513-802-8.
  7. ^ Chris Knowles (1 December 2003). Clash City Showdown. PageFree Publishing, Inc. pp. 42–. ISBN 978-1-58961-138-2.
  8. ^ Tony Fletcher (9 April 2012). The Clash: The Music That Matters. Music Sales Group. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-0-85712-749-5.
  9. ^ Pat Gilbert (2004). Passion is a fashion: the real story of the Clash. Aurum. ISBN 978-1-84513-113-5.
  10. ^ a b c Chris Salewicz (13 May 2008). Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer. Faber & Faber. pp. 201–. ISBN 978-1-4668-2162-0.
  11. ^ Zoe Howe (4 November 2009). Typical Girls? The Story of the Slits. Omnibus Press. pp. 155–. ISBN 978-0-85712-015-1.
  12. ^ Music, Books on Music, and Sound Recordings. Library of Congress. 1985.
  13. ^ Simon Warner (14 March 2013). Text and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 190–. ISBN 978-1-4411-4303-7.
  14. ^ Hall, Duncan. "Hastings celebrates its fishy heritage on The Stade Open Space". The Argo. The Argo. Retrieved 13 August 2015.

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