Tymon Dogg – Made Of Light
Who let the Dogg out?
While the wider populace usually recall him for Lose This Skin, his strident folk-flavoured cameo on The Clash’s much-maligned Sandinista, Merseyside-born Stephen Murray (aka Tymon Dogg) has enjoyed a rich, if erratic career sprawling over five decades.
During the early 70s, Dogg met the pre-Clash Joe Strummer while busking on the London Underground. Years later he joined Strummer’s post-Clash outfit, The Mescaleros, for 2001’s Global A-Go-Go, though his eclectic CV also includes Merseybeat-era gigs at The Cavern; collaborations with Ian Hunter and 1968’s The Bitter Thoughts Of Little Jane, a solo 45 for Pye featuring Jimmy Page.
Starting with his eponymous 1976 debut, Dogg’s sporadic solo oeuvre has so far yielded six LPs; of which Rev-Ola’s 2010 retrospective The Irrepressible Tymon Dogg remains the best point of entry for the uninitiated. Both the faithful and newcomers with a penchant for eccentric English pop will, however, find plenty to dig on Dogg’s latest, Made Of Light. The meandering, raga-like Rock Box Hammer shows his perpetually nomadic muse can sometimes be a little too restless but both the harpsichord-driven Conscience Money and potent, pro-vegan Pound Of Grain are pithy and politically-aware while Like I Used To Be is perhaps the most charmingly idiosyncratic love song he’s ever penned.
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Reviewed by Tim Peacock