STYLE SPOTLIGHT

STYLE SPOTLIGHT

It's near impossible to discuss the London punk rock scene without eventually touching on the subject of fashion while managing to stay completely on topic. Case in point, Google searching Paul Simonon of The Clash gives you a dozen more links featuring the musician's "style" over his many talents. It's undeniable though; Simonon remains one of the original punk artists with an iconic and innate sense of fashion no matter his presence on the stage, the street, or in a painting studio today. 

Born in London in 1955 to a middle-class family, Simonon attended mostly black schools where he was heavily influenced with soul and Jamaican tunes. His love of art granted him a scholarship into an art school and would later lend tremendous creativity for his bandmates. In the early 80s as one of the three founders and bassist for The Clash, the musician was responsible for the cool aesthetics surrounding the graphic materials produced by the band. Simonon was naturally a good-looking guy with a stellar style to match, often dressing in military-inspired looks onstage or juxtaposing prepster-meets-degenerate with a cool, bad-boy disposition to exquisitely match. His social circle was equally chic, counting David Bowie and Bob Dylan as industry mates. The sex appeal and eclectic styles of the bassist/artist absolutely contributed to the overall success and global popularity of The Clash before the band called it quits in '86. Rightfully so however, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. 

Today, Simonon is still the fashionable, talented icon he always was, painting regularly and exhibiting often. He's also an avid supporter of Greenpeace so we salute you, sir, for being all-around awesome.