Nigel Harrison (Blondie, Silverhead)

 

Tune in to classic rock radio and you’ll likely hear this cat laying down the grooves on his Fender Precision…

 

Co-writer of “One Way of Another,” “Union City Blue,” and “Eat to the Beat” – Nigel Harrison anchored three consecutive classic slabs for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Blondie: Parallel Lines (1978), Eat to the Beat (1979), and Autoamerican (1980).

 

“One Way or Another” https://youtu.be/valVixMpzQY

 

“Union City Blue” https://youtu.be/Hvqgb1D6Opw

 

“Eat to the Beat” https://youtu.be/dh6L_7770pM

 

Dig Nigel’s bass break on “Atomic” https://youtu.be/O_WLw_0DFQQ

 

 

Harrison also anchored one of rock’s great unheralded ensembles – Silverhead – helmed by Michael Des Barres.

 

Silverhead waxed two magnificent sides: Silverhead (1972) and 16 and Savaged (1973)…

 

Dig Nigel on Silverhead’s “Sixteen and Savaged” https://youtu.be/4j1MW55y99Y

 

Jerry also worked the bass chair for Nite City with Ray Manzarek,  and Chequered Past with bassist Tony Sales moonlighting on guitar, Des Barres, Frank Infante, and Steve Jones.

 

 Nigel in the pocket with Nite City on their signature tune: https://youtu.be/emPdI-Oo3pw

 

Chequered Past “A World Gone Wild” https://youtu.be/tJW2x-jER3I

 

Nigel’s punchy octaving riffage on “Heart of Glass” made “disco” (somewhat) acceptable to rockers!

 

“Heart of Glass” https://youtu.be/WGU_4-5RaxU

 

Nigel’s weapons of choice were maple neck Fender Precision basses!