The Screaming Blue Messiahs Biography

Rising from the ashes of Motor Boys Motor, the Screaming Blue Messiahs were essentially a vehicle for shaven-headed American singer-songwriter and guitarist Bill Carter. Supported by Kenny Harris (drums) and Chris Thompson (bass), Carter churned out a tight, venomous rock formula drawn from R&B and new wave, first heard on the well-received mini-album Good And Gone. Originally issued on Ace’s Big Beat label in July 1984, it made sufficient noise to attract WEA Records, who duly re-promoted it a year later. ‘Twin Cadillac Valentine’ (1985), was a razor-sharp slab of dynamic guitar rock and paved the way for the Screaming Blue Messiahs’ most impressive album, Gun Shy, the following year. A session previously recorded for BBC disc jockey John Peel in 1984 saw the light of day nearly three years later on the Strange Fruit ‘Peel Sessions’ series. This preceded the Screaming Blue Messiahs’ relatively low-key Bikini Red in September 1986. This spawned the closest thing to a hit single the Messiahs ever achieved with the eccentric ‘I Wanna Be A Flintstone’, which broached the Top 30 in February 1988. It was two years before a new Screaming Blue Messiahs set, and when Totally Religious was released in October 1989, it failed to ignite an apathetic public. Although Carter’s bite was still evident, the album disappointed in relation to past achievements and they disbanded soon after its release. Harris and Thomas would go on to form Lerue.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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