Russell Webb (musician)

Russell Webb
Born 1958 (age 5758)
Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Glam rock, soft rock, punk rock, new wave, power pop, post-punk, indie rock
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer, composer
Instruments Bass guitar, backing vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts Slik, PVC2, Zones, The Skids, The Armoury Show, Public Image Ltd

Russell Webb (born 1958[1] in Glasgow, Scotland)[2] is a Scottish new wave bass guitarist who was member of bands like Slik, PVC2 (both with Midge Ure), Zones, Skids, The Armoury Show and Public Image Ltd, and collaborated with Richard Jobson and Virginia Astley and The Who.


Slik and PVC2

In 1977, future Ultravox and Live Aid face, guitarist and singer Midge Ure, drummer Kenny Hyslop, keyboardist Billy McIsaac and bassist Jim McGinlay had commercial failures as a band, named Slik, of different styles like glam and soft rock and bubblegum pop, playing since 1975 different promising songs such as "Forever And Ever" and "Requiem", but punk rock originated their falling, so McGinlay left in early 1977. Webb, who recently dropped out of university,[3] replaced him and Slik changed their name to PVC2 and also their musical style to punk. It is unknown if McGinlay left or Webb replaced him when the band made those changes. PVC2 released one single, "Put You in the Picture", in 1977.


By late 1977/early 1978, Webb and the rest of PVC2 called Alex Harvey's cousin Willie Gardner to replace Ure, who went to join Glen Matlock's Rich Kids, and founded Zones. This band released different singles during 1978 and 1979 and one album called "Under Influence" in the latter year. The Zones failed to get success and split up shortly afterwards.


Without Kenny Hyslop and Billy McIsaac, he joined Skids halfway through their career in February 1980,[4] replacing co-founding member William Simpson. Webb performed on the last two Skids albums, The Absolute Game released in 1980 and 1981s Joy. During that time, he was collaborating with Jobson's solo career and engineering The Who's new recordings, which were incomplete because that band split up.[5]

The Armoury Show

After Skids broke up, he and Jobson along with guitarist John McGeoch (formerly of Magazine and Siouxsie and the Banshees) and drummer John Doyle (also of Magazine) formed The Armoury Show in 1983. They only recorded one album in their brief existence called Waiting for the Floods, which was critically acclaimed but a commercial letdown. The band released more singles until 1988, when they broke up.

Public Image Ltd

In mid-to-end 1992, Webb joined John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols band, Public Image Ltd, replacing bassist Allan Dias.

After PiL, he formed his own band, then retired to be a videogame designer and wrote TV scores with his Armoury Show mate, John McGeoch, until the death of the latter in 2004.[6]

Webb currently is contributing music to radio dramas by Blue Hours Productions, a company specializing in retro horror/sci-fi/fantasy drama for radio and the Internet.

He currently lives in Somerset, England.[7]


  1. "Myspace". Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  2. "Photo". Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  3. "Interview". Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  4. Archived February 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. "PiL People Bios | PiL 1992". Fodderstompf. 1963-06-01. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  6. "Myspace". Retrieved 2013-06-17.
  7. "Russell Webb | Free Music, Mixes, Tour Dates, Photos, Videos". Retrieved 2013-06-17.
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