This Day In Punk. STEVE JONES
Steve Jones was born in London England, on 3 September 1955.
Coming from a difficult home life, and uninterested in school, Steve Jones found himself drifting into petty crime as a teenager. In 1972 he decided to form a band with friends Paul Cook and Wally Nightingale.
It’s perhaps fate that someone who has inspired so many guitar players – and helped define the Gibson Les Paul guitar sound – actually started off as a singer before moving to the instrument after Wally’s departure.
After the Sex Pistols split in January 1978 Steve – together with Paul Cook – went on to release a series of Sex Pistols singles without John Lydon for use in Malcolm McLaren’s fictionalised satire of the Pistols story ‘The Great Rock n Roll Swindle’. Steve appeared in the movie playing himself.
The pair then formed a new band ‘The Professionals’, releasing four UK singles and one album.
When ‘The Professionals’ split in 1982 Steve decided to stay in the USA. He relocated to Los Angeles and became a session guitarist, playing for the likes of Iggy Pop, Andy Taylor (Duran Duran), and even Bob Dylan.
Steve kept a low-profile in the early 90s before returning to the music scene with the supergroup ‘Neurotic Outsiders’ featuring Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum (Guns and Roses) and John Taylor (Duran Duran).
As well as continuing session and production work Steve flirted with acting, appearing in films and TV shows before finding what he describes as his first proper job as DJ on the Los Angles based Indie 103.1FM.
‘Jonesy’s Jukebox’ began in 2004 and proved so popular it was soon made a permanent daily fixture. Several high-profile actors and musicians have appeared on the show; including each member of the Sex Pistols.
Despite living on the other side of the world Cook and Jones remain firm friends and still sporadically record together.
After leaving Indie 103.1FM ‘Jonesy’s Jukebox’ resurfaced in 2010 as a weekly Sunday night show on LA, KROQ. Jonesy’s Jukebox features unreleased tracks from indie bands, b-sides, songs from bands that are bubbling under, classics and cuts from his personal music collection; anything he wants to play. Steve, “They are letting me play whatever I want and that’s good for me.