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biba-rom!



Left to right: Jim and Charlie.



line-up:
vocals: Eneas Mullen
vocals/management: Jim Kerr
guitar: Charlie Burchill
drums: Brian McGee
bass: Tony Donald
rhythm guitar: Joseph Donnelly



background:
Before Johnny And The Self Abusers, Jim and Charlie were constantly inventing band names and putting budding musicians together. "Me and Jim were in bands that were really just like me and him and sort of friends, and we had all these different names - we changed names every three days."

It wasn't just thoughts and talk - they also performed. Their first gig was playing in front of a group of five year old orphans.

The first documented band of the period was Biba-Rom! - which featured the same group of school friends (Jim, Charlie, Brian McGee and Tony Donald) who would later make up part of Johnny And The Self Abusers and also end up as the first line-up of Simple Minds #1.


The first vocalist was Eneas Mullen whilst Jim was both singer and manager. When Eneas left the band, Jim continued on vocals alone.

Whilst the majority of the line-up went onto Johnny And The Self Abusers, Eneas Mullen set up a record label whilst Joseph Donnelly later played bass in The Silencers.

Like the early days of the Abusers, Biba-Rom! were a covers band, taking on Patti Smith, Cockney Rebel, David Bowie and Lou Reed.


longevity:
Circa 1975-1976


recording/releases:
None


live legacy:
-


break-up:
It didn't last long - they left school and Jim and Charlie hitchhiked across Europe.




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