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
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.