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A Bass Odyssey


Doug Wimbish
Trippy Notes For Bass
((( ambient noise )))

French TV (top)
dave. (middle)

Style Wars
Tom Silver’s documentary movie (Style Wars) focused on New York City’s first graffiti artists, the “writers” who created the B-Boy culture aesthetic. Along with the “MCs” and the “Breakdancers,” the “writers” first defined the movement that started in New York’s five Boroughs, and grew into the musical phenomenon of the New Millennium.

Bernard Fowler (discography)
Tack>>Head (discography)
Living Colour (discography)
Little Axe (discography)

Original Sugar Hill Rhythm Section
Skip “Little Axe” McDonald (guitar)
Doug Wimbish (bass)
Keith LeBlanc (drums)
(((( the world’s finest )))


Black Jack Johnson was the band Will Calhoun put together for friend Mos Def, the rising Hp-Hop star who wanted to enter the New Millennium making a record with a harder, Rock N Roll edge. Mos couldn’t have asked anyone better to satisfy his wish. Calhoun was the Living Colour drummer, who first went to his bass playing mate Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), and then friends, Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know, and Funkadelic/P-Funk keyboardist  Bernie Worrell.
1976Setting Sail
Not Tito (Bahamian Side Man)
T’s Lounge
Wood Brass & Steel
Hartford, Connecticut
Dance Funk
Studio 54 (popular playlist)

1977 — Saturday Night Fever
1978 — Rick James

1979 — Hip Hop Happens
Running For Their Lives
1980s  — Just Say No
1980 — 
1982No Nukes
Central Park June 12, 1982
It’s Not What You Think.
James Brown w/ Afrika Bambaataa
Unity (The Third Coming)
1984 — 
((( funky b-boy )))



Hollywood’s depiction of the B-Boy Culture that had surfaced in the parks and abandoned buildings in and around New York City’s Five Burroughs.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC — After being created under cover of the night, New York City Graffiti shows itself on the subway trains as they emerge, and run across all five New York City Boroughs. Depending upon how you saw it, Graffiti was either an act of vandalism, or a rolling exhibit of fine art.


“No Sell Out”
Keith LeBlanc
Malcolm X 12″
1984Keith LeBlanc 

w/ Betty Shabazz (Malcolm X’ widow) vs. Sugar Hill Records (Joe Robinson)
((( the original hip-hop beat )))

Artists United Against Apartheid

Keith LeBlanc (“King Of The Beat”)
“NO SELL OUT” (Malcolm X)
w/Betty Shabazz vs. Sugar Hill Records
Joe and Sylvia Robinson

1985Live Aid
Mick Jagger & Tina Turner
Farm Aid
We Are The World
Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones
Artists United Against Apartheid
Miami Vice

1985Mick Jagger She’s The Boss
Jeff Beck Flash (w/ Doug Wimbish,  Jan Hammer, Jimmy Hall, Rod Stewart, Carmine Appice)
1986 — w/ Ryuichi Sakamoto Futurista
w/ Philip Glass Songs from Liquid Days
w/ Public Image, Ltd. Album 

1987 — w/ James Blood Ulmer America – Do You Remember the Love? 
Mick Jagger Primitive Cool 
w/ Jeff Beck, Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Simon Phillips, Omar Hakim, Rachel Z (Trust The Universe)

“Young Americans”
Taking Mick for a Ride.
1988Mick Jagger (The Brothers of Sodom)
w/ Joe Satriani (The Extremist),Doug Wimbish, Simon Phillips, Jimmy Rip, Susie Davis, Tina Turner (TOKYO/ AUSTRALIA). They called it Mick’s “solo” career, but the three years after Keith and Mick announced the end of The Rolling Stones in 1985, represented a short was more a wild ride but we know now, that it was actually just a little longer than usual argument between Mick and Keith. At the time, the Rolling Stones were preparing for their Steel Wheels (reunion) Tour, and most media was saying Mick’s “solo” career had been unsuccessful, and that was made the reunion possible. Of course they weren’t listening. For those who were looking, they saw Mick pushed back in his seat, as a group of Young Americans took him on the most Wild, E-Ticket Rides.
w/ Bootsy Collins What’s Bootsy Doin’?
1989Friendly as a Hand Grenade
“Break Out The Bubbly” (Bernard brings Rhythm & Blues to Tack>>Head, and makes it clear that the band was Always American.




The Whole Damn Earth Is Shaking.”

“Airborne Ranger”
Friendly As A Hand Grenade

((( never-ending war )))


1986 Jeff Beck (Japan Guitar Festival)
Tokyo/Australia w/ Doug Wimbish, Jan Hammer, Simon Phillips, Carlos Santana
1987 Mick Jagger Primitive Cool (Columbia)
w/Jeff Beck, Doug Wimbish, Simon Phillips, Vernon Reid
Taking Mick Jagger for a Ride
Brothers of Sodom
Mick Jagger (Lead Vocals)
Joe Satriani (Lead Guitar) 
Doug Wimbish (Electric Bass Guitar)  
Simon Philips (Drums)
Phil AshleySusie Davis (Keyboards)
Jimmy Rip (Guitar)
Bernard FowlerCarol KenyonJenny DouglasLinda MoranValerie Scott (Backing Vocals)
“Cause We Ended As Lovers”
Jeff Beck
Live In Japan

1986Jeff Beck Flash
Jan Hammer, Simon Phillips, Doug Wimbish, Carlos Santana, Steve Lukather
((( atlantic crossing )))

Jeff Beck (Live at Ronnie Scott’s)
Japanese Television

After seeing Doug playing a Tack>>Head show in London, Jeff Beck asked him to play bass on his upcoming tour, being shared with Carlos Santana, who Doug also collaborated with later.

Atlantic Crossing
In a move to London that Doug describes as “running for his live” from Sugar Hill Records owner Joe Robinson, who demanded a cut of his “Miami Vice” and “Sun City” money, Doug quickly came to the attention of many of England’s musical elite.

In the interview section of JEFF BECK LIVE AT RONNIE SCOTT’S (DVD), Beck mentions Doug in a recollection of how his current drummer VINNIE COLAIUTA came to join his band.

1987 — Living Colour Vivid, Guns N Roses Appetite for Destruction, Joe Satriani Surfing With The Alien
1988Young Americans 
The Second Coming of Mick Primitive Cool The Brothers of Sodom
1989Bill Hicks
Viciously Honest (“Patriot”/”American Scream”)
“The Gospel According To Bill Hicks” (GQ)

“The Story Of Willie”
King Missile (downtown nyc)
((( the dark side )))

Bill Hicks “Patriot” b/ dave.

“It’s Just A Ride”
The first documentary produced after Bill Hick’s death in 1994, Hicks being  attracted both Jay Leno and David Letterman to participate in the making of It’s Just A Ride, both sitting down for extensive interviews, in which they discussed the reverent , respectful, and friendly relationship they had with Bill, one of the most honest and viciously funny social commentators of his generation. When discussing the history of stand up comedy, Bill is often mentioned with Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, and Richard Pryor.

“Keep This Frequency Clear”
Interference: A Journey Into Sound

2005 — Live In Amsterdam
((( never-ending war )))

photograph by Kari Helenius (kari@rockunited.com)
videos b/ dave.

2006 Doug with Will Calhoun and Bernie Worrell, playing a Katrina (hurricane) benefit at the Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans.

2009 Living Colour at the Highline Ballroom, playing the last show of their “Chair In The Doorway” tour.

It’s his party and he’ll shred if he wants to.

00s  —
2000 — Y2K
2001 — Living Colour (Resurrection)
2002 — 
2004Tack>>Head Family Reunion
Back In The U.S.A.
Bernard Fowler (vocals)
Doug Wimbish (bass guitar)
Skip McDonald (guitar)
Keith Leblanc (drums)
Adrian Sherwood (mix)
Asylum Street Rehearsals
@ Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar (Hartford, Connecticut)

2005A Bigger Bang
2005Rarities 1971–2003

2007 — WIMBASH (Living Colour)
2008 — WIBASH (Little Axe Adam Falcon)
Shine a Light (On a Finnish fjord, touring with Tara Turunen. “Hold on, I gotta take this.” Charlie Watts inviting Doug to the New York City premier of the Rolling Stones movie, directed by Martin Scorsese.
2009 — New York Time
((( “danger” )))
Doug Wimbish f/Bernard Fowler (vocal)

“Dangerous” / “All Mixed Up” b/ Linda Zachs

In the Name of The Lord
Bernard Fowler

Tack>>Head at the Highline Ballroom (NYC).

2009 Bernard put the band together, calling them Bad Dog, and played shows in Austria and Germany in the Fall and Winter of 2008. The next year Bernard released “New York Time” (song/video), and did a one off show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, Bernard’s hometown.

2009 Living Colour Chair In The Doorway
2010 A Bass Odyssey
Doug Wimbish CinemaSonics
Little Axe Bought for a Dollar, Sold for a Dime
2011 Tack>>Head The Black Album

2013Little Axe Stone Cold Ohio

“Take A Walk On The Wild Side”  
Bernard Fowler
Little Axe
For The Love Of Money

((( times square patriots )))


Working Girl of Another Color

On the sidewalk in Times Square, a body-painted, “American” model counts the money she earned standing in the thick of the Square, paid to stand for her picture to be taken with, by, and for any willing tourist passing by.

2013Little Axe Stone Cold Ohio
2014 Tack>>Head For The Love of Money
2015 — The Bura, (Havana, Cuba) w/The Rolling Stones
2016 — Havana Moon RS
2017Little Axe London Blues
2018 — voodoo lounge RS
2019 — Inside Out
2020 On-U Sound (40th) Anniversary
2021 A Bigger Bang: Live on Copacabana Beach RS
2022 — Steel Wheels Live RS
2023 — George Lynch and Jeff Pilson Heavy Hitters II, And
All the While, a Rolling Stone.
w/Karl Denson (Tiny Universe) Music of David Bowie
2024  “Storm Is Rising”


1956 — Hartford, Connecticut
Johnny Mathis
Mickey & Sylvia (Love Is Strange)
Sly & The Family Stone
Victor (Brother)
Gary (MF) Williams

Pillow Talk (Sylvia Robinson)

Doug Wimbish was wearing a big grin. Nine years old, riding home on his bike, with his first electric bass guitar happily in hand. He saved up enough allowance and lunch money to buy it from a kid who lived a couple blocks over in his neighborhood in Bloomfield, Connecticut. 

So anxious to play, he dropped his bike in the front yard, and ran straight upstairs to his bedroom. He had already moved a friend’s small amp over, and he was set to go.

Not long after, his mother was yelling at him to come back downstairs. Waiting for Doug was his mother, standing at the open front door, listening to a Hartford policeman explaining that Doug had just bought a stolen bass guitar.

Of course Doug didn’t know the instrument, his first, was stolen, and he wasn’t in trouble with the law. But it still stung when he had to hand it over, and he was out $75, a lot of allowance money for a fifth grader.


He was fourteen years old, and he played “Machine Gun” (Jimi Hendrix) better than I could ever imagine.”

— Gary (MF) Williams

1969 — Merchant Marine Neighbor in Bloomfield, whose younger sister was an object of Doug’s schoolboy desire. The girl was a bonus. Doug’s first interest was in Gary playing the bass guitar. Doug’s earliest education was listening to pop music with his older brother, Victor, who introduced Doug to Gary, his friend from school.

Sly and The Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin.

Through the partially open door Doug could see a Fender bass guitar leaning quietly against a ready amp. It was Gary’s instrument, the way he usually left it when out at sea.
When home, Gary spent a lot of time with his good friend and schoolmate Victor, Doug’s older brother. It was hanging around with Victor and Gary, listening to their records, that what inspired Doug to play.

Sly and the Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin.

With Gary, playing along to the records of the day, as a teacher would with a student.

Soon it became routine for Doug to wait in Gary’s front yard, waiting for him to get home, so he could play him what he had learned.

From the beginning, Doug was always anxious to please. It was one of his best qualities, and there was never a doubt that he would rise as high as he has.”

Jackie McLean (Miles Davis)
Skip McDonald  (Ohio Entertainers / Wood Brass & Steel / Sugar Hill Rhythm Section)
Harold Sargent (Ohio Entertainers / Wood Brass & Steel)
w/ Keith Leblanc (sticks in back pocket)
“Well, are you here to play, or are the sticks just for show?” asked Keith, as he invited the skinny white kid the seat behind his (drum) kit.
As Keith sat down at Harold’s drums, and despite being somewhat hidden, his presence was enough to quiet one of the most popular rooms (clubs) in the Hartford ghetto.

1976Setting Sail
Not Tito (Bahamian Side Man)
T’s Lounge
Wood Brass & Steel
Hartford, Connecticut
Dance Funk
Studio 54 (popular playlist)

1979Hip Hop Happens
West Hartford
T’s Lounge
G. Fox Santa
Penny High
Weaver High
Blue Hills Avenue — Friday afternoons on the corner, “Welfare checks, malt liquor, and government cheese flying.”
Pratt & Whitney
Ferrigno’s Liquor

East Hartford (Blue Collar)
Welcome to Hartford
Colt .45 (The Dome)
Glass Boat
Bushnell Park
Connecticut Capitol Building
Pump House
Capital Bldg (Gold Angels at the Door)
Wadsworth Museum

Keeny Park
Little Italy
Franklin Ave. (Cannolis)
Lavecci’s — The last to hold out against Traveler’s Insurance complete dominance of downtown Hartford, Connecticut. But in the end, there would be no place in Hartford to buy a live chickens, or a blank focaccia loaf to which you offered your personal, Sicilian preparation. Finally replaced with the Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbuck’s alternative, more appropriate (demanded) for the new day. 

Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar / Lena’s Pizza
WimBash …

2000 After SugarHill, Tack>>Head, Living Colour, and countless collaborations, come the new Millennium, Doug began speaking (often loudly) for himself.

First, in 2000, he released Trippy Notes for Bass, his first full-length, keenly focused solo record, quickly followed by the event that struck us all.

It was in the second half of 2001 that Living Colour reunited in an almost familial way. Like a band of brothers, happy and comfortable to be back together, and more than ever, motivated to intensify it’s message. A message that was always socially active and musically aggressive.

2001 Living Colour (Resurrection)

Living Colour
((( out of the clear blue )))

French TV

1976Setting Sail
Not Tito (Bahamian Side Man)
T’s Lounge
Wood Brass & Steel
Hartford, Connecticut
Dance Funk
Studio 54 (popular playlist)
1979Bacon & Eggs for Breakfast
Bernard Fowler
Paradise Garage
w/ Larry Levan
NYCiti Peech Boys
Beat Street
The Roxy
The Loft
David Mancuso
Max’s Kansas City
Chelsea Hotel

“The world’s finest.”

New York Times

Sugar Hill Records House Band
Skip “Little Axe” McDonald (guitar)
Keith “King of the Beat” LeBlanc (drums)
Doug Wimbish (bass guitar)

“Rappers Delight” — In so many ways a fraud, but still the record lighting the Hip-Hop fire that, forty years later, rages hotter than ever.
1980 Sugarhill Gang World Tour
LONDON — I don’t know how you do it in America, but over here we play more than one song a fucking set.
AMSTERDAM — Red Light District
BERLIN — Torch-lit, Black Forest road to a stage on a medieval castle grounds.
WASHINGTON D.C. — George Clinton
The Wizard.


“The Message” — Although credited and inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Grandmaster Flash does not appear on the Hip-Hop Anthem.
Instead, it was Melle Mel (and The Furious Five)who are heard on the legendary recording, despite the inaccurate history.
“White Lines” — The Robinsons rejected Spike Lee’s Video, starring Laurence Fishburne.


— Tom Silver

1982 Style Wars  
Documentary film, following a number of (B-Boy) graffiti writers (painters) whose canvas was the New York City subway system (cars and stations) in the early 1980s. The film includes Mayor Ed Koch expressing his tough-on-crime opinion on what he calls vandalism, not art. No matter, the film includes much footage of the fine, graffiti art that crisscrossed Manhattan and the Boroughs on rolling canvases.
“Apache” — Their version a favorite sample, Macy’s.
“8th Wonder” — 
“UNITY” — w/ Afrika Bambaataa / James Brown
“Space Race” — Melle Mel’s “Ball Of Confusion”
Vice (Miami)
Artists United Against Apartheid
(Platinum Records) Hartford, Connecticut. Broken van over the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey, trying to make a 4AM gig in Harlem. Joe Robinson, Platinum Records owner, taps Skip, Keith, and Doug to be his house band for Sugar Hill Records, a new label he and wife Sylvia created with the purpose of committing to vinyl, a new sound their son had introduced them to.
The neighborhood called it Hip-Hop, and it was serving as a soundtrack to New York City’s B-Boy community, made up of break dancers, graffiti writers, and MCs/DJs. The Sugar Hill Rhythm Section backed the label’s  artists, including Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, The Furious Five, Angie Stone, and others, and like Motown’s Funk Brothers, remained nearly anonymous, while those out-front artists became kings of the neighborhood.
Keith, the skinny white kid, who was usually hidden behind his drum kit during shows, was often confronted by locals before and after playing the ghetto parks. On more than one occasion, to avoid such moments becoming violent, Skip and Doug had to confirm Keith’s honest answer that he was the drummer in the band.
Then there was the time in Tennessee, when it was Keith who spoke on Doug and Skip’s behalf, as they were canoeing on a lake, and three local teenagers were joking about the “niggers on the pond.”
1984 — Beat Street

— WildStyle

Bernard Fowler takes the lead in the climactic Beat Street scene at The Roxy (Downtown NYC). At the time, Bernard was a NYCiti Peech Boy, singing with Larry Levan, the popular DJ at The Paradise Garage, a dance club, even more downtown.


1985 London Calling

After that, Doug and his Sugar Hill bandmates moved to London and with On-U Sound Records founder/producer Adrian Sherwood formed an Industrial, Electro Funk band they called

1985 Tack>>Head

By 1990, Tack>>Head had become a most popular live band in Europe’s underground club scene, especially in London, where they caught the attention of Jeff Beck, Seal, Annie Lennox, the Rolling Stones, and a guitarist named Vernon Reid who, at the time, was staking his musical claim in Downtown New York City, playing a brand of extreme Fusion, called Outside or Free Jazz by those who consume it. Many musicians back home in America were in the know, including the likes of: Moby, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Joe Satriani, and many others who Doug has provided his musical services for, on record, on stage, and in production.

DOUG WIMBISH is probably best known as LIVING COLOUR’s innovative, electronic, and ambient lead bassist, that’s true, but looking deeper into Doug’s history, one sees that his impact and influence on the world’s musical culture is much more vast and significant than often written or recognized.
For more than 40 years, Doug has been one of the most sought-after electric bassists, and has collaborated with many of the world’s best known, and most talented musical artists.

Having participated in the making of so many popular recordings, in every musical style, and in every corner of the globe, it’s hard to find a community that hasn’t been exposed to Doug’s music.
To get an idea of the respect Doug has earned within the music industry, consider that One Week in 1992, he received personal phone calls from Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, and Seal, all asking him to join their bands. Now, consider his turning them all down, choosing to stay with his LIVING COLOUR bandmates.



The decision in 1992 to stay on with LIVING COLOUR, as a permanent member, didn’t slow Doug’s work with others. He went on to record, produce, and tour with dozens of well-known artists, including the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Herb Alpert, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Carly Simon, Al Green, Billy Idol, George Clinton, Afrika Bambaataa, and James Brown.


POST 9/11
Doug w/ Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Bernie Worrell (Funkadelic), Dr. Know (Bad Brains), collectively called BLACK JACK JOHNSON, served as Mos Def, Hip Hop’s newest voice’s Rock N Roll bandueled the Hip-Hop evolution musically, and Mos Def’s Hollywood and Broadway (acting) career more specifically.

In the Summer of 2007, Doug received a call from and old producer friend, asking him to join in the playing and making of a Goth-Metal record by a Finnish Rock Opera Diva named TARJA TURUNEN. Doug said “yes,” and helped with TARJA’s first solo record, MY WINTER STORM. After, Doug accepted TARJA’s request that he accompany her on her first solo tour, as has done so ever since.2000 “Pass It Around” is a tune on Doug’s first (all-instrumental) solo record, TRIPPY NOTES FOR BASS 
My Winter Storm / NightWish 
2008 CinemaSonics, Doug’s second record, which also includes vocals by a number of his long-time bandmates, most notably, Skip “Little Axe” McDonald and Bernard Fowler.



— dave.

“Bi” — LIVING COLOUR at the Highline Ballroom in New York City (10/28/09), the last show of an American Tour in support of THE CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY. Doug’s daughters Nova and Olivia, in the crowd, watch dad (face-to-face)as he takes his extended solo.

2007Doug onstage with Tarja Turunen (Finland)
TONY TURUNEN (guitar/vocals),
ALEX SCHOLPP (guitar),
MAX LILJA (cello),
MARIA ILMONIEMI (keyboards).

After playing on TARJA TURUNEN’s MY WINTER STORM, the singer’s first solo album after leaving her longtime band NIGHTWISH, Doug was asked to play on the new band’s first European Tour in the winter of 2007, and has played on all of Tarja’s four subsequent World Tours in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Between touring with TARJA, Doug spent most of 2009 on the road with LIVING COLOUR in support of The Chair in the Doorway, and toured with all his old English ON-U SOUND mates (MARK STEWART + MAFFIA, LITTLE AXE, and TACK>>HEAD.)

2009 — TACK>>HEAD 

New York Time @ The Highline Ballroom


Experience Hendrix U.S. Tour — w/ Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ernie Isley, Eric Johnson, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Billy Cox.

2011 — In addition to the continuation of “EXPERIENCE HENDRIX,” and finishing TACK>>HEAD’s new SHARE>>HEAD album, Doug joined LAURYN HILL on JIMMY FALLON’s Late Night television program. Soon after, Doug was asked to join Lauryn on the road, starting with a show at the Los Angeles Coliseum with MUSE and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE on the “RISE AGAINST THE MACHINE” tour, and ending in New York City, headlining the ROCK THE BELLS TOUR.


2012 — Doug was asked by The Miami Design Preservation League to produce a Music Festival as part of MDPL’s Annual ART DECO WEEKEND. After a successful inaugural that featured Vinx/Jungle>>Funk, Adam Falcon, David Pastorius, Ladell McLin, DJ Rampage Global, and Miami’s own Suenalo, Doug returned in 2013 with another All-Star lineup that included violinist Christian Howes.

2013 — Sugar Hill Reunion
@ Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar (Hartford, Connecticut)
The Bridge @ Art Deco Weekend (Miami Beach)

2014 — The Bridge @ Art Deco Weekend

2015 — The Bridge @ Art Deco Weekend

The Bridge @ Ocean Drive (Art Deco Weekend) Miami Beach

2016 — Fight for Freedom & Fashion 

The Bridge @ Bushnell Park (Summer Jazz In The Park) Hartford, Connecticut

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (Orlando, Florida)

Freedom Sounds (Sept. 24, Washington D.C.)

National Museum of African American History and Culture (Opening)

2017 — Ne


2018 — 

2019 — 

2020 — Just Missed The Virus




As NASA’s Voyager continues on it’s exploration of our Solar System,

It could be said that Doug’s musical journey began in Hartford, Connecticut, when he was a kid in the late 1960s. Inspired by what he was hearing from his older brother, Victor, who was most interested in the Rock and Soul of the day.
and of course
After picking up a guitar, one hot, summer day in his aunt and uncle’s appliance/music store in the Bahamas (Freeport?) Doug found early guidance from his brother Victor’s bass-playing friend Gary Williams, who marvels at how quickly Doug’s virtuosity showed itself.
By the early ’70s, as a HARTFORD CONSERVATORY student of jazz saxophonist JACKIE McLEAN (who was also a teenager when he started his professional career, playing on MILES DAVIS’ DIG Album in 1951) Doug’s career in music was firmly established.

A Journey Through Time and Space
1976 Doug’s first “real” job was with guitarist
and drummers
It was then that Doug, Skip, and Keith (THE ORIGINAL SUGARHILL RHYTHM SECTION)
as the house band for their recently formed SUGAR HILL RECORDS. As Hip-Hop’s ORIGINAL RHYTHM SECTION, the three wrote, played, and recorded many of the genre’s original anthems, including “THE MESSAGE,” “WHITE LINES,” and “THAT’S THE JOINT,” before picking up rather suddenly, and moving to London (“fleeing the Robinsons for their lives”).
It was in England, that all three started a musical collaboration with producer ADRIAN SHERWOOD’s ON-U SOUND RECORDS label, that resulted most significantly in the creation of the Industrial Funk band called TACK>>HEAD, and a musical partnerships that remain strong today.
1978 With a talent that was immediately apparent, Doug was recruited to play bass on MUSIQUE’s KEEP ON JUMPIN’ (12″) with the dance hits “KEEP ON JUMPIN'” and “IN THE BUSH,” which were (along with Wood, Brass, & Steel’s “FUNKANOVA”) both mainstays of the Late-’70s New York City club scene at STUDIO 54, THE PARADISE GARAGE, and DAVID MANCUSO’s LOFT.
Not since WOOD, BRASS & STEEL had Doug, Skip, and Keith’s instrumental abilities been completely appreciated. Despite a New York Times writer calling them “THE WORLD’S FINEST RHYTHM SECTION,” the band went mostly unnoticed, as nearly all the early hip-hop attention went to MCs, DJs, and Graffiti Writers, rather than the musicians who were actually playing the music.
1983 SUGAR HILL mate KEITH LEBLANC (with the blessing of Malcolm X’s widow (BETTY “QUEEN” SHABAZZ) recorded the landmark “NO SELL OUT,” considered the first effective use of “sampling” committed to vinyl. “No Sell Out” is a 12″ single on which Keith cuts pieces of MALCOLM X speeches and mixed them with his own experimental, electronic drum beats. SUGAR HILL owners JOE and SYLVIA ROBINSON, without Keith’s knowledge or approval, steal the master tapes, and press 500,000 vinyl copies of “NO SELL OUT.” On the record’s label, writing credit is given to “SUGAR HILL RECORDS,” with no mention of Keith. Keith then makes a legal claim for his artistic, and financial rights to the record, and wins the case in Federal Court. The Robinson’s legal defeat proves to be a significant blow to their already suffering SUGAR HILL Label. By 1985, The Robinson’s Hip-Hop Empire had fallen, having been rolled over by RUN DMC, THE BEASTIE BOYS, and most importantly DEF JAM RECORDS.
1984 DOUG, SKIP, and KEITH, with MELLE MEL (“THE MESSAGE” vocalist), write and record “VICE,” a song on the original MIAMI VICE SOUNDTRACK Album produced by JAN HAMMER. From the moment of the song’s release, Joe Robinson insisted Sugar Hill was owed a substantial percentage of the proceeds. Fear of Joe Robinson was a serious consideration in the ORIGINAL SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION’s move to London.
1985 DOUG, KEITH, and SKIP contribute significantly to “SUN CITY,” the Anti-Apartheid Anthem attributed to MILES DAVIS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, U2, HERBIE HANCOCK, and nearly every other pop star of the day. Despite playing, and doing production work on the iconic recording, Doug, Keith, and Skip are not listed in the credits.


American Invasion
UPON REACHING LONDON, Doug and his SUGAR HILL mates (SKIP McDONALD and KEITH LEBLANC) went straight to work with ADRIAN SHERWOOD (ON-U SOUND), and attracted the immediate attention of England’s musical elite, including THE ROLLING STONES, and JEFF BECK.
Beck invited Doug to join his band, and took him on his 1986 SUMMER TOUR OF JAPAN, which also featured STEVE LUKATHER, SIMON PHILIPS, JAN HAMMER, and CARLOS SANTANA and his band which included ALPHONSO JOHNSON.
1986 “MAJOR MALFUNCTION,” a result of KEITH’s FURTHER ELECTRONIC EXPERIMENTATION, makes use of the Mission Control [NASA] dialog during the tragic EXPLOSION OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER. With Skip, Doug, and Adrian Sherwood all part of the recording, it is considered by many to be the FIRST TACK>>HEAD RECORDING.
1987 ADRIAN SHERWOOD wisely recruits his new favorite FUNKY AMERICAN BAND (Doug, Skip, and Keith) to back a number of ON-U SOUND’s politically aggressive vocalists, including GARY CLAIL and MARK STEWART. An album of tunes with Clail called “TACK>>HEAD TAPE TIME” is the first time the name “TACK>>HEAD” had ever been used as a recording credit.
1988 — FRIENDLY AS A HAND GRENADE, Tack>>Head’s first full-length album features American singer BERNARD FOWLER, a member of LARRY LEVAN’s NYCiti Peech Boys of PARADISE GARAGE fame, and who had just joined the ROLLING STONES for their STEEL WHEELS WORLD TOUR.
BERNARD’s SOULFUL INFLUENCE moves Doug, Skip, and Keith (THE ORIGINAL THREE) back toward their Funky, Rhythm & Blues (American) Roots … a change that became much more apparent on Tack>>Head’s second (and last) album, STRANGE THINGS.
1990 TACK>>HEAD’s over-the-top, aggressive virtuoso live performances quickly earned the band a cult-like status in the [post-punk/pre-trip-hop] LONDON UNDERGROUND. One fan, MICK JAGGER, asked if he could make a guest (vocal) appearance on TACK>>HEAD’s second album, STRANGE THINGS. The band obliged, and Mick sings (background) on “Take a Stroll.”
1992 After the dissolution of TACK>>HEAD in 1991, Doug was recruited to participate in a number of high-profile ROLLING STONES projects, including the band’s BRIDGES TO BABYLON album, and on a number of solo records produced by the individual members: MICK JAGGER, KEITH RICHARDS, CHARLIE WATTS, and RONNIE WOOD.

— Also in this period, Doug played on records produced by DEPECHE MODE, BILLY IDOL, GEORGE CLINTON, CLARENCE CLEMMONS, MICHAEL HUTCHENS, and J. GEILS.

w/ Carly Simon

NYC @ Grand Central Station


— video (CarlySimon.com)

In support of her 1995 release, LETTERS NEVER SENT, Carly Simon and her band (with Doug playing bass) did a surprise) show in the Grand Central Station Concourse (NYC).


— In addition to his 1995 gig with CARLY SIMON (writing, playing and producing on her album LETTERS NEVER SENT), Doug’s has received high praise from other vocalists who he collaborated with, including ANNIE LENNOX (primary bassist on MEDUSA and DIVA), SEAL (SEAL),AL GREEN (YOUR HEART’S IN GOOD HANDS), CANDI STATON, MELBA MOORE, FREDDIE JACKSON, WILL DOWNING, MICHAEL BOLTON, and MADONNA.


It was in a week soon after his return to America (after the first demise of TACK>>HEAD) that DOUG received calls from MICK JAGGER, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, and SEAL (who appreciated Doug’s playing on his “Crazy” popular debut), all asking him to join their bands. Having already been recruited to fill in for original LIVING COLOUR bassist MUZZ SKILLINGS on the band’s South Americn leg of its 1991 World Tour, helped in Doug’s decision to turn all three celebrity offers down.

LIVING COLOUR welcomed DOUG as an equal member, and subsequently he contributed (as a writer, player, and producer) to 1993’s STAIN, the band’s third full-length studio album.
STAIN earned immediate and widespread critical acclaim, but with the onslaught of Seattle Grunge, the record went largely unnoticed publicly. Despite a well-received world tour, LIVING COLOUR (moved mostly by guitarist VERNON REID) decided to call it quits before the end of the year.


w/ Style Scott (On-U Sound)

— video (YouTube/Wobbleon1)

During his short, abruptly ending stint with LIVING COLOUR, Doug had mantained his musical relationship with both his ORIGINAL SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION partners and ADRIAN SHERWOOD’s ON-U SOUND crew in London. This (DUB/REGGAE) performance from Carnival ’94, in Brighton’s Stanmer Park, (May 30, 1994) sees DOUG and SKIP McDONALD joining STYLE SCOTT’s DUB SYNDICATE (ON-U SOUND) which includes producer Adrian Sherwood on the mixing desk, playing the same “live” roll as he always did with TACK>>HEAD.

— Also in this period, Doug recorded and toured with additional On-U Sound associates, including LITTLE ANNIE, BIM SHERMAN, STRANGE PARCELS, and BOMB THE BASS.

Little Axe
1994 — AFTER LIVING COLOUR’s DISSOLUTION, Doug left New York City, and returned home to his loft/studio in Hartford, Connecticut. It was then, the first time in nearly 15 years, that Doug was without any obligation to a specific band or project.

For the first time Doug dedicated his time to developing a musical style of his own …
1996 This was also the period when Doug strengthened what remains today as one of his tightest musical bonds … that he has with LIVING COLOUR drummer and bandmate WILL CALHOUN. It was Will who Doug went to most when working on his own music. When the time came to commit material to disc, and to play out live, Doug and Will call their new DRUM/BASS, AMBIENT WALL-OF-SOUND THE HEAD>>FAKE SOUND SYSTEM.
After producing two full-length demos, HEAD>>FAKE partners with jazz vocalist/percussionist VINX (DE’JON PARRETTE), call themselves JUNGLE>>FUNK and embark on an Eastern European Tour.
So well received was JUNGLE>>FUNK, Zebra Records released a self-titled disc made up of live recordings from the tour, and eventually, the record was voted 1999’s “Best ‘Jazz’ Album” in the Czech Republic.
Taking note of the new HEAD>>FAKE sound in America was none other than HERB ALPERT, who invited DOUG and WILL to write, produce, and play on the Tijuana Brass/A&M Records’ new album, COLORS. Pleased with the results, ALPERT received praise from critics and fans, called the HEAD>>FAKE + ONE record an “incredibly modern recording,” “a sort of urban-jazz-brass fusion,” and “Alpert’s best effort since his multi-platinum (1979)record, RISE.

w/ Bernard Fowler (Nicklebag) Stevie Salas

Trip-Hop Father
When asked about the title of his first solo recording, Doug answers without pause, “After hearing the master, it struck me as a continuous string of TRIPPY NOTES FOR BASS.


Apocalyptic Haze
w/ Living Colour

— video by dave hogerty (original>>noise)

The band closed its show (December 28, 2001) at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida with a Jimi Hendrix standard, “Crosstown Traffic,” a tune Doug also covered often when playing with TACK>>HEAD.

Living Colour
December 21, 2000 — DOUG and WILL were playing a HEAD>>FAKE gig at the Legendary CBGB’s with “guest” LIVING COLOUR vocalist COREY GLOVER. Coincidentally, LIVING COLOUR guitarist VERNON REID was in the audience, and when asked, joined the others onstage to play an old LIVING COLOUR standard, a cover of the TALKING HEADS’ classic, “MEMORIES CAN’T WAIT.”
It was the first time in seven years that all four LIVING COLOUR band members had played together … and they enjoyed it enough to go out on a 2001 REUNION TOUR.
Having the tour INTERRUPTED BY THE 911 ATTACK ON THE TWIN TOWERS, Living Colour considered calling it quits again, but instead decided to makeup the cancelled dates later that year.
The tour’s last show was in NYC’s Central Park on New Year’s Eve, 2002, in front of large, enthusiastic “hometown” crowd. Positive enough were the feelings for each individual member, that they decided to stay together and record a new album.

recorded the previous winter by PETR TOMAIDES (TOMATO22)
Czech Republic nightclub called LUCERNA.

CollideOscope included much of the early, guitar rock LIVING COLOUR was known for, but also featured the Bass, Drum, and Electronics Doug and Will had developed (as Head>>Fake) during the Living Colour’s hiatus.
It was almost as if the band had brought two halfs (one LIVING COLOUR and one HEAD>>FAKE) together to make the CollideOscope album whole. Reminiscentof VIVID, VERNON REID’s “FLYING” is a more traditional, well-written, evocotive, melancholy description of the 911 attack on the World Trace Center, where as, “A ? OF WHEN,” with it’s sampled dialogue and Industrial Beat might have been more comfortable on an early HEAD>>FAKE demo.
In the first couple of years after the LIVING COLOUR REUNION, the band effectively combined both qualities in its live sets, but it was six years before the members were enough in sync to write and record their next studio release, 2009’s CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY.


Despite having been on the wildest of professional rides, circling the globe and passing through every culture and genre of music, Doug has always stayed in touch with his well founded roots. With SKIP McDONALD, and KEITH LEBLANC, his ORIGINAL SUGAR HILL RHYTHM SECTION mates, Doug has continued to tour extensively, and has played on Skip’s next for LITTLE AXE albums (HARD GRIND [2002], CHAMPAGNE & GRITS [2004] STONE COLD OHIO [2006], and BOUGHT FOR A DOLLAR, SOLD FOR A DIME [2011]). Doug, Keith and Skip also tour with original TACK>>HEAD (ON-U SOUND) vocalist MARK STEWART, calling themselves MARK STEWART + MAFFIA, and the three also contributed significantly to Stewart’s 2008 album, EDIT, his first in nearly 20 years.

Black Jack Johnson
w/ Mos Def,
Will Calhoun
Bernie Worrell
Dr. Know

— video (HBO/Reverb)

WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?…. When MOS DEF reached out to friend WILL CALHOUN, asking him to assemble a band that could best help him deliver a HIP-HOP MESSAGE with ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AGGRESSION, Doug was first on Will’s list to sign up for the mission. Then adding BERNIE WORRELL (keyboards) and BAD BRAINS guitarist DR. KNOW, Mos’ new BLACK JACK JOHNSON band came to be.
After a live NYC show recorded at the Bowery Ballroom for HBO’s Reverb, the band recorded two albums, BLACK ON BOTH SIDES (2002) and THE NEW DANGER (2005).

Tack>>Head / 2004


Doug’s daughter Nova (7-years-old at the time in 2007) was armed with her Daisy guitar when photographed standing outside Doug’s Asylum St. loft/studio in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, with the gold-domed state capital building rising out of Bushnell Park in the background. Later that night Nova made her first WimBash appearance as a performer.
2005 — Starting with a TACK>>HEAD REUNION in 2004 (the band’s first performance in 14 years), Doug began hosting a show at Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar, a tiny beer bar/pizza joint near his home in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. The annual “WIMBASH,” as it was named in 2005, features Doug playing with a number of his world-class musician friends, as well as select local bands, providing the opportunity to see artists, who more often play large venues in large cities all around the world, in a much more intimate setting.
2012 — In its ninth year, Doug’s WIMBASH continued to grow in popularity and attracted more and more talented musicians to his NOVA SOUND FAMILY. In addition to the hometown (Hartford, Connecticut) shows at SULLY’s, Doug partnered with ROCKHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT to present three WIMBASH WEST shows in Anaheim, California; with THE DREAM PROJECT in Dominican Republic for two Caribbean shows in Cabarete; and with ORIGINAL>>NOISE for the Miami Design Preservation League’s ART DECO WEEKEND in Miami Beach (2012-2015).

Little Axe
Future of the Blues
Always the Original Sugar Hill Rhythm Section
LITTLE AXE — The Wolf That House Built.
Rising proudly from the ashes of Tack>>Head,
Skip, Doug, Keith, and Adrian all worked on individual projects, and always when together,
working with Skip’s material, Skip called the band “Little Axe,” a name he had gone by
since his starting as a young bluesman in Dayton, Ohio.
When together, working with Skip’s material, Skip called himself and the band
“Blues/Gospel/Dub Crash” … The Future of the Blues.

— Real World Records

STONE COLD OHIO — A 2006 interview, with SKIP “LITTLE AXE” McDONALD, ADRIAN SHERWOOD, DOUG WIMBISH, and KEITH LEBLANC on PETER GABRIEL’s Estate (Real World Studio) just outside of London.on his estate outside of London. Having just finished Little Axe’s fourth album, STONE COLD OHIO, the band was on location to headline that night’s concert celebrating the REAL WORLD RECORDS’ 30TH ANNIVERSARY.
The video also includes clips from Little Axe’s live performance that ended with the band being joined by Gabriel and friend ROBERT PLANT and playing a number of classic GENESIS and LED ZEPPELIN tunes.
Impressed with the band, Plant invited Little Axe to open for him on the West Coast (US) tour he played the following year. The band obliged.

Bad Dog
When putting Bernard out front, Tack>>Head called themselves Bad Dog.

School of Rock
2013 — Doug established an ongoing relationship with the SCHOOL OF ROCK, and has since included a second day of educational workshops to his WIMBASH events, and also invited the students to perform as part of the next day/night’s show.

— video by dave hogerty (original noise)

BRANDON “TAZ” NEIDERAUER — A fan favorite at the (Sept. 13, 2014) Wimbash at Sully’s Pub & Tiki Bar in Hartford, Connecticut was 12-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer, playing the Allman Brothers classic “Whipping Post” with his brother Dylan (bass), Nicky Winegardner (vocals/guitar), and Henry Thomas (drums).

“TONGUES ON FIRE” — A Tribute to The Black Panthers (Paris, France / February 6, 2010)
Doug’s solo in Living Colour’s performance of David Murray’s musical interpretation of Emory Douglas’ revolutionary art. Since his participation in the 1960s, Douglas has been known as The Black Panther Party’s “Minister of Culture.”

Emory Douglas (Black Panther Ministry of Culture/Artist)

Bernie Worrell
Celebrating the Blues
“The Way You Move” … Doug with Will Calhoun (drums) and Bernie Worrell (keyboards) at a post-Katrina performance benefitting a New Orleans educational program for underprivileged local students.

Little Axe
— Little Axe’s 2011 Real World Records release.
— video by dave hogerty (original>>noise)

— One of Doug’s vocal performances on his second solo album, CinemaSonics.

Still a member of Living Colour, Doug has played with a long list of the world’s finest musicians, including the Rolling Stones (together and individually), Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Billy Idol, James Brown, Afrika Bambaataa, Al Green, Tarja Turunen, Mos Def … and many others.“Danger”


Published on May 14, 2009

Journeyman bassist Doug Wimbish playing ‘Quasimodo’ at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This footage was shot in 1999 during a VPRO television program called ‘Moondive.’
‘Moondive’ put together different musicians with one mission: to create enough material in one week for a live show on Friday. Participating musicians for this edition: Doug Wimbish (bass), Peter van Bergen (saxophone), Huib Emmer (electronics/guitar), Stefan Robbers (electronics), Gerard Bouwhuis (piano) and Alison Goldfrapp (vocals).



Living Colour




Strange Love
b/ Little Annie  (On-U Sound)

— “Strange Love” b/ Little Annie


Little Annie

Annie Bandez was 16 years old when she bid adieu to “the Sixth Borough” (Yonkers, New York) and dove headfirst into downtown New York’s music scene. She lived at the Chelsea Hotel and went to the opening of Studio 54. A late ’70s Suicide performance at CBGB’s blew her rapidly-expanding little mind and taught her to never settle for mediocrity. After seeing her early outfit the Asexuals at Max’s Kansas City in the late ’70s, Frank Zappa raved about Annie to Songwriter magazine: 

“This girl was wearing winter underwear with a black leather coat on top of that.

She had a paper bag with a bottle of vodka in it, and she was screaming about Thorazine and being in a mental hospital and it was real!”

Frank Zappa

That’s the great thing about Little Annie Every time you read about her, or see one of her paintings, or listen to her sing, you discover something new.

The Girl Can’t Help It — 1956

American Graffiti — 1973

Phantom of the Paradise — 1974

Rocky Horror Picture Show — 1975


On one of Joe Robinson’s many small record labels, Platinum Records