Very little is known about Alan McNeil - as the third guitar player in
Johnny And The Self Abusers, he was already adding to
an overfilled position. But as a friend of
John Milarky's, his inclusion was natural, and allowed
John Milarky to play sax and/or
Charlie to play violin.
He also added to the general chaos of that summertime of madness in Glasgow. In August 1977,
the Abusers were sharing a flat, and a drunken McNeil, waking
in the night and urgently needing a piss, relieved himself in the bell of
Milarky's brand new saxophone.
He left the first line up of
Simple Minds at the same time as