John Ellis - the Vibrators

Formed the legendary BAZOOKA JOE.
Band members included Adam Ant.
First Sex Pistols gig was as support to Bazooka Joe.
 
Formed THE VIBRATORS. 5 albums and extensive touring.
 
Irish punks Stiff Little Fingers take their name from a John Ellis song on the first Vibrators album, Pure Mania.
 
Leaves The Vibrators.
 
Played guitar in Jean-Jacques Burnel’s Euroband for UK tour.
 
Formed RAPID EYE MOVEMENT featuring HOT GOSSIP dancers and electronics. Supported Jean-Jacques Burnel’s Euroband on UK tour.
 
Released 2 solo singles.
 
Joined Peter Gabriel Band for “China” tour and played on Gabriel’s 4th solo album.
 
Stood in for Hugh Cornwell for 2 shows by THE STRANGLERS at the Rainbow Theatre. Album from gig released.
 
Worked with German duo ISLO MOB on album and single.
 
Started working with Peter Hammill eventually doing many tours and recording on 7 albums.
 
Rejoined THE VIBRATORS for more recording and touring.
 
Became press officer for M11 Link Road campaign, a major anti-motorway campaign in East London.
 
Recorded 2 albums under the name of PURPLE HELMETS with Jean-Jacques Burnel and Dave Greenfield of THE STRANGLERS.
 
Played additional guitar on THE STRANGLERS tour.
 
Joined THE STRANGLERS as full time member. Extensive touring and recording over 10 years.
 
Started recording series of electronic instrumental albums as soundtracks for Art exhibitions. 5 CDs released by Voiceprint.
 
Also released WABI SABI 21©, the first of a trilogy of albums inspired by Japanese culture.
 
Worked on JUDGE SMITH’S “CURLYS AIRSHIP” project over 5-year period.
 
Left THE STRANGLERS to work in Internet business.
 
Guitarist on “Jimi Hendrix Welsh National Anthem” hoax. Massive coverage.
 
Occasional session work and soundtrack composition.
 
Started teaching guitar and running music-based workshops.
 
Formed THE LUMA GROUP to deliver arts-based projects to community and special needs groups. Delivered 100 free guitar lessons via lottery award.
 
Started doing live solo work using looping technology and laptop.
 
Created CHANOYU RECORDS to release solo work. First release, SLY GUITAR, gets very positive reviews.
 
Worked in Europe doing live soundtrack improvisation, Masterclasses etc.
 
Formed DREAM DETECTIVES with German artist Moi. Moser to create multi-media projects and performances.
 
Guitarist on Orfeas, a reworking of the Orpheus myth by Judge Smith.
 
Song-writing and live performance continues.
 
Delivers Blues guitar workshops.
 
Hosting International Ear, a weekly ‘World Music’ radio show on East London Radio.