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brian mcgee
musician: drums
associated with band: 1975 - september 1981

Brian in 1978

Life In A Day photoshoot

Real To Real Cacophony photoshoot

Empires And Dance photoshoot

Brian first met Jim Kerr in the playground of Holyrood Catholic school. Brian had a copy of Ziggy Stardust and a home-made Wizzard keyring. Jim asked if Brian would make him a Bowie one. “And he did and he didn't skin me for it. He gave it to me for nothing.

The owner of a drumkit, he became the drummer in the school band, Biba-Rom!. His parents also owned a pub, which gave the fledgling musicians a place to rehearse.

He became the drummer in Johnny And The Self Abuers after a recommendation from Jim.

The group’s prankster, he also suffered from a short temper, throwing a wellington boot through the front window of John Milarky’s house. He was also the only member of the group who could drive, and ended up being their tour driver.

After the split of Johnny And The Self Abusers, he continued with Jim, Charlie and Tony in Simple Minds.

In May 1978, he was asked to transfer to The Subs as a replacement for Ali MacKenzie, but he didn't have to make a decision as The Subs soon completely fragmented.

He drummed on four albums but was never comfortable with touring. In the end, unhappy being away from home for increasingly long periods, and having just married, he left the band after recording Sons And Fascination. In later interviews, he admitted that he totally regretted his decision shortly after making it.

After a stint working in his parents pub, he join Glasgow band Endgames.

Johnny And The Self Abuser 7 Life In A Day 7 Life In A Day LP Chelesea Girl 7 Real To Real Cacophony LP Changeling 7 Empires And Dance LP I Travel 7 Celebrate 7 The American 7 Love Song 7 Sons And Fascination LP Sisters Feeling Call LP Sweat In Bullet 7 Theme For Great Cities LP I Travel 7 Celebration LP

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Johnny And The Self Abusers
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live appearances

Johnny And The Self Abusers
Simple Minds 1978
Life In A Day tour
Real To Real Cacophony tour
Empires And Dance 1980 tour
Empires And Dance 1981 tour