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Clash Bassist -- I Lost Track of Punk Music

10/28/2010 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former Clash bassist Paul Simonon is considered to be one of the founding fathers of punk rock ... so it was pretty shocking last night when dude told us he's lost touch with the movement. 

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The rock god spent a whole lotta time outside  Bar 1200 in West Hollywood last night -- signing autographs for a crowd of fans ... when he told us he doesn't  know anything about punk music these days ... because, "I got involved with it, like, quite a few years ago."

As for the sailor look -- maybe it's a Halloween thing?



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1.

Jay    

Is it me or does he kind of look like Dr House?

1267 days ago
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TheRealJerseyShore    

why would he be involved with a movement that is non-existent. punk died a long time ago.

1267 days ago
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Cl33    

he lost track of it because there is no REAL punk music today. All these so called wannabe punk bands suck!

1267 days ago
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Robert    

Maybe he was trying to Shanghai sailors...It was WH...

1267 days ago
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Truth    

"Former Clash bassist Paul Simonon is considered to be one of the founding fathers of punk rock"

No he is not.

1267 days ago
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princess ali baba    

uh, hey TRUTH.. yes Paul was one of the founding fathers of punk rock! Get your facts straight!

1267 days ago
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Jess    

@AV I was just about to comment that too

1267 days ago
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McRey    

Paul plays bass not guitar...the guitar is Mick Jones axe. I just saw the Gorillaz show a few nights ago with them and it was incredible. BTW...is he is not one of the godfathers of punk, why is his picture on the cover of London Calling one of the most easily identified with punk...The Clash are STILL the only band that matters!

1267 days ago
9.

Steelers suck    

This is your brain...........and this is your brain on drugs. Any questions? Don't ask, your brain on drugs couldn't answer them anyway, right Paul?

1267 days ago
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RY    

XD Yeah he does look like him in the pic. First thing I thought was Dr. HOUSE!!

1267 days ago
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Cari    

He is touring w/ Gorillaz and this is part of their stage get-up : ) Most of the musicians and backing vocalists have a sailor theme going with these hats and striped shirts. And he rocks and I think it's really cool that he's still wearing this outfit out and about haha

1267 days ago
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SheSaid    

As pointed out he is touring with the Damon Albarn's Gorillaz setup... their Plastic Beach tour is nautical themed, as seen not only on the stage, but also in the commercial walk for the world tour, as well as seen in the animation video of the Melancholy Hill single. Mick Jones is also on the tour and actually wears a full nautical themed suit (Paul rocks jeans with his nautical look). Both are still freaking awesome at their craft.

1267 days ago
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Jorge    

He's dressed like a sailor because he played a concert with Gorillaz at Gibson Amphitheater earlier in the evening. It's the Gorillaz "Welcome To Plastic Beach" tour (i.e. nautical theme).

1267 days ago
14.

SD619    

Man, he looks like House in this photo.

1267 days ago
15.

btty    

not shocking. He grew up moved on

1267 days ago
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