Steve Barnard

Steve "Smiley" Barnard (born 10 January 1971) is an English musician and remixer.

Steve Barnard
Also known asSmiley
Born (1971-01-10) 10 January 1971
London, England, United Kingdom
  • Musician
  • remixer
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active1991–present
Associated acts

Having previously drummed for Robbie Williams on the Life thru a Lens album and tours, Barnard joined Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros after Ged Lynch left. Barnard drummed on the "Forbidden City" track of the Rock Art and the X-Ray Style album.

Following the Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros debut gig at the Leadmill on 5 June 1999, the Mescaleros toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, US and Japan for the next six months. Further tours followed in early 2000 that included Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The final night of a ten-date British tour supporting the Who, at Wembley Arena in November 2000, proved to be his last for the Mescaleros.

In 2001, along with Johnny Wilks, formed one*iota, who later became King Louis. Barnard drummed for the Mock Turtles on their return to the charts in 2003 and is currently drumming for Archive, who though relatively unknown in Britain are reaching massive proportions on mainland Europe.

In 2009, Smiley joined fellow Mescaleros Pablo Cook, who together with Mike Peters (The Alarm), Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) and Steve Harris (Archive/Gary Numan) formed Los Mondo Bongo, and have toured the UK, Canada and elsewhere celebrating the music of Joe Strummer.

In 2010, Smiley replaced Steve Grantley (Stiff Little Fingers) as the drummer in the Alarm. He drummed on the latest Alarm album, The Sound and the Fury. Drummer on the 2018 Alarm releases of Blood Red and Viral Black.

In 2013, Smiley played alongside original the Jam member Bruce Foxton when he took over drums from Mark Brzezicki in From The Jam.


  • Anthony Davie, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros. Vision of a Homeland, Effective Publishing, 2004.

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