"It was a half comedy band - still a bedroom band really. It was a good springboard to getting involved in
music because at the time there were no channels at all." - Charlie Burchill
In reality, this line-up was the last few weeks of
Johnny And The Self Abusers, hanging on and waiting for Chiswick to release their
But they were not idle. They were still gigging (their
last gig being under the name of
Simple Minds) and recording; their
last demos were also recorded under the name of Simple Minds.
"The Abusers for us was just away of getting up and playing in a band without months of rehearsals." -
Early November 1977 - late November 1977
"It it hadn't been for
[the single] The Abusers wouldn't have lasted more than two months.
Chiswick promised that it would be out in August but it didn't come out until late November. We just stayed together
'cos we thought it would be great to have a record out. Then on the day it came out we split up." - Jim Kerr
And so, the Saints And Sinners record came out - and
John Milarky and
Alan McNeil walked.