Lockdown Tunes

Here’s a cover of Pocket Calculator by Kraftwerk. I covered this as a challenge given to me, just for fun. I never really did like Kraftwerk.

Thrash… I used to play this live when I was playing for Cowboys International..circa 1980. A band that had a lot of promise but imploded before they reached their full potential.

What can I say about Brian Brain. I suggest you get hold of a copy of my book. Jive Jive released on Secret Records in 1981.

I Want by Department S was always a favourite of mine to play live. This here is a tribute to the clever lyrics by the much missed Vaugh Toulouse.

This was a bit of fun, after hearing our glorious leaders talking bollox I decided to include them in this little ditty.

Keep looking out for further tunes and cover versions to keep us amused during these terrible times. In the mean time, stay in, stay safe.

New single release

I am please to announce that I have released a new digital single as of 22nd March. It’s a reworking of a song written and recorded for the Critically acclaimed Department S album When All Is Said And All Is Done, which was released in 2016 on Westworld/Plastichead.

This is being released on Pete Jones’ label Jabberjab ART and Media UK.

Free here for a limited time.

I have taken the original recording and re-recorded guitar and vocal parts to freshen it up a bit, perfect for these apocalyptic times. It can be downloaded at the usual digital outlets but my preference is CDBaby who I’ve worked with for many years and I trust them to pass on the money

Cover Art

Musicians playing on this are:

Pete Jones: Guitars, bass, vocals, synths, programming

Phil Thompson: Guitars

Alex Lutes: Drums

Recorded, mixed and produced by Pete Jones at JAM UK studios Harpenden.

Dublin Castle 9/2/20

A wonderful night was had by all at the Rock n Roll Book Club earlier in February at the Dublin Castle. It is usually held on the first wednesday of every month run by Bugbear Promotions (Tony Gleed) and the very talented Julie Hamill who probed Pete Jones to within a plectrum of his life with a live interview. The evening also saw the debut appearance from Southdown Laundry Club who delivered two remarkably powerful pieces of poetry/soundscape work. Check it out. (Warning: Explicit language). It really was a hoot..comedy gold in fact.

Pete Jones Interview with Julie Hamill

Furthermore….. To round off a wonderful evening, The Rock N Roll Book Club band took to the stage! A special one-off performance starring Pete Jones, Leigh Heggarty (Ruts DC) Alan Galaxy (Ex-Department S) Andy Thompson (The Tuesday Club) Spizzenergi and his guitarist Luca Commencini, Eddie Roxy (Department S). They played a number of Public Image songs from the first two albums which sounded immense, sung by Andy Thompson. Spizz joined in for a very rough rendition of This Is Not a Love Song and Public Image. If only he had managed to remember the words it would have been ok! It was all done in good fun though and everyone had a laugh. To round the music off, Eddie Roxy got up to sing a couple of Department S songs – On My Own Again and of course, Is Vic There?


A great night was had by all. The audience was a star-studded affair; Duncan Reid, members of Spizzenergi’s band, Paul Simon from Pete’s old band Cowboys International and both members of Rogue Sector all came looking for free beer, to no avail! ha ha…

The only downside of the evening was that I managed to catch a massive wood splinter behind my finger nail which is now hanging off!…ouch!

See ya next time!

Pete X

Rare Live Appearance!

I am thoroughly pleased to announce that I shall be appearing in person at the February 2020 Rock N Roll Book Club event, staged at the Dublin Castle in London’s Camden Town. I will be interviewed live by Julie Hamill talking about my new book, “They Call Me Joyless” and all things related to PiL, Department S, Brian Brain et al. followed by a one-off performance of an all-star band put together specially for the event. Tony Gleed will be spinning discs to keep the toes a tapping.

pete does his stuff
Be there or be absent

The Pete Jones Book Club All Star Rock Combo Band UK Ltd.

We will be performing mainly PiL material with some extra surprises and guests thrown in for good measure (and possibly thrown right out again!). We will be following the traditional Public Image Ltd. format in that there will be no rehearsals, set lists or song lengths agreed before hand. It could be a train wreck! but excitingly watchable nonetheless.

Tickets are only £6 and are available from www.wegottickets.com or £8 on the door (if it doesn’t sell out). Put the date in your diary; Weds 5th Feb 2020 7:30pm start.

See you at the bar!

Pete x

New vinyl album

The new album, Contrivances For the Soul is now available. Also available as digital download from the usual suppliers.

Place your order on the shop page here:


Cover art for contrivances for the soul album by pete jones (ex pil Department S)
Contrivances For The Soul

The album is a limited edition release and is numbered, coloured, 180gm vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. It’s a beautiful piece of work. Leigh Heggarty from Ruts DC is guest guitarist on the track Psycho Drill

This is likely to sell out fast so reserve your copy now!!

Feel the tension!!!

It’s release time again.. Psycho Drill (Rogue Sector Remix) is available as a digital download from Friday 3rd May from all your favourite outlets. Those clever chaps from Rogue Sector have cut and diced a track from my forthcoming album, Contrivances For The Soul, and served up a real treat.. please check it out and let me know what you think. There will also be a video available so look out for that too.

Cover art for the digital single 'Psycho Drill' remixed by Rogue Sector
Psycho Drill Remix cover art

Link to Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA5cFSFIacE

Rogue Sector are busy putting the finishing touches to their minimalist electronica debut album, available later in the year… can’t wait for that!

Digital download on Amazon

Pete Jones on CD Baby

See you at the Department S gig at the 100 Club in June supporting Johnny Moped? Who’s going?

Johnny Moped at the 100 club

So, feel the tension, and relax.. Psycho Drill won’t kill you

See ya next time fuckers

Pete ‘Joyless’ Jones

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New Single Release

New single, Blood Red, Bible Black, is available as a digital release from today (Friday 12th April). Available form all the usual digital outlets.




It’s not a new song. I wrote and recorded it in 2007 but it never got a release so I thought I’d give it an airing now. Thanks for your support.

cover art

In other news; I have been managing building work at my house including the inclusion of new studio space so its all been a bit chaotic for the last few months.

It’s all finished now, back amongst the leafy glades of Harpenden which is uplifting at this time of year. I have completed connecting up bits of gear after unravelling all the cables so ready to crack on with new and existing projects.

Stay safe fuckers! Keep in touch via the mailing list

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They think it’s all over…It is now!

After 100 shows, my last Department S gig went with a bang at Minehead last weekend. It was a weekend of mixed emotions; I was quite sad that my tenure with the band was coming to an end but I was reminded of how many lovely people I’ve met along the way. I got a bit carried away flinging my guitar around at the end of the set but it seems to have survived. Those Fender basses can take a great deal of punishment. Thanks to all those that have supported me over the last 5 years, I’ve made loads of new friends and I hope to see you at a gig some time soon.

Minehead is a great festival and this year had some massive performances from the likes of The Undertones, The Skids, The Rezillos, The Vapors, The Members, Toyah, 999 and Big Country.

Pic Steve white

It was also a weekend that saw Phil Thompson doubling up on guitar duties by playing his first gig with the Rezillios. It was a bit strange standing in the crowd watching him play with another band, as if he was cheating on me! He played a blinder and the band sounded as good as ever. I’m looking forward to hearing the results of new recordings from them later in the year.

I‘m gonna spend some time on the sofa, and work some more on my solo material. The Contrivances For The Soul album is still due for June this year and in the meantime, the Psycho Drill single and Rogue Sector remix are doing well. I will be thinking about returning to the live stage later in the year with a brand new line-up. Watch this space, but dont hold your breath.

You’ll see a new track released soon. It’s an old recording form 2008 but it never was released properly so I’ve decided to put it out as a digital release now. Blood Red, Bible Black will be out in April.

Be good fuckers! and keep in touch!

Pete xx

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Psycho Drill….OUT NOW!

My new digital only single Psycho Drill is out today, 15th Feb. It’s taken from my Contrivances For the Soul Album, due for release in June 2019 on limited edition numbered and coloured vinyl. There will be a release party at a table for one this evening.

Psycho Drill cover design by Pete Jones

Guitar duties on Psycho Drill are handled by my dear friend and Ruts DC guitarist Leigh Heggarty. You will currently find him on ’40 years of The Crack’ tour with Ruts DC ably supported by the wonderful Professionals

40 years of The Crack tour dates RutsDC

Its available form all the usual digital stockists or listen for 0.000001p on Spotify if you must.



Psycho Drill on Spotify which is fine but doesn’t support the artist

Thank you all very much for your continued support….

Joyless xx