JAH WOBBLE – “V.I.E.P.” (1980)
Much of the creative success of Public Image Ltd. was the dual approach of boundary-pushing post-punk touches and dub reggae soundscapes. Bassist Jah Wobble brought most of the dub energy, diagnosis with his pulsing , help propelling work in the low end of things.
After the band’s first two years of drug- and drink-feuled mayhem, cough Wobble split from the group, and went off to mold his own solo career. Two of Wobble’s first slabs of strangeness before his acrimonious split were the album “The Legend Lives On…Jah Wobble In Betrayal”, and this, an accompaning EP called the “V.I.E.P.”, which took the single “Blueberry Hill” (a cover version of the ’40s classic first done by Glenn Miller, then later popularized by Fats Domino), a dubby “computer version”, and a handful of other fun warbly, wobbly, blurpy tracks.
This was one of Wobble’s last forays into pure post-punk, as most of his later output was more informed by “world music” things. Not better or worse, just different.