John McGeoch was born in Greenock on 28th 1955, died London 4 March 2004. He qualified as a nurse in 1995 after giving up performing. He played with Ultravox, Pete Murphy, Siouxsie, the Banshees and Visage among others.
Often cited as an influence by leading guitarists such as the Edge from U2, John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, John McGeoch played in several post-punk bands of the late Seventies and early Eighties.
McGeoch’s guitar sound provided the post punk foundations on which many of the classic guitar sounds of the alternative sector have been laid over the ensuing 25 years. He contributed to the New Romantic project Visage, fronted by Steve Strange, which scored a massive European hit with “Fade to Grey” in 1980.
McGeoch was living in Manchester, England in 1977 when he answered an ad placed in a record shop by Howard Devoto. Devoto, who had just left the Buzzcocks, was looking for musicians “to play slow music again.” He and Devoto hooked up with Dave Formula, Barry Adamson and Martin Jackson to form the band Magazine. Their debut at the Electric Circus caught the attention of Virgin Records. Four albums and a string of hits later, McGeoch left the group in 1980 and joined Siouxsie and the Banshees.
He was listed in Mojo Magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. At the time of his death, McGeoch’s only musical undertakings were projects for television soundtracks.