James Ure, 10 October 1953, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Ure worked as an apprentice engineer at the National Engineering Laboratories in East Kilbride while playing part-time with the Glasgow-based Stumble. He began his professional career as guitarist/vocalist with Salvation, a popular Glasgow-based act that evolved into Slik in 1974. By this time, he had adopted his more famous nickname, which came about by reversing the name Jim to Mij and altering the spelling! Although accomplished musicians, Sliks recording contract bound them to ill-fitting, teeny-bop material, reminiscent of fellow-Scots the Bay City Rollers. Frustrated at this artistic impasse, and despite enjoying a UK chart-topping single (Forever And Ever), Ure opted to join the Rich Kids, a punk/pop act, centred on former Sex Pistols bass player Glen Matlock. However, despite strong support from EMI Records, the bands chemistry did not gel and they...
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