JOHNNY AND THE SELF ABUSERS

Formed: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

The band

Although best known for the fact that half - Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Brian McGee - went onto international stardom as Simple Minds and the other half - John Milarky, Alan McNeil and Tony Donald - struggled as the Cuban Heels, the wonderfully named Johnny And The Self Abusers released one great little 45 and promptly split. On the same day it was released! Saints And Sinners is a classic '77 punk tune clocking in at under two minutes.

The press hated them and but they were fairly popular and gigged throughout the year of punk. They headlined at smaller venues and supported the likes of The Rezillos and Generation X at larger ones. Their set list contained many cover versions, including 'White Light/White Heat', 'Blitzkrieg Bop' and 'No Fun'. They only appeared to have about four original songs in their set: both sides of the single, 'Toss Yourself Off' and 'Pablo Picasso' (not to be confused with the Modern Lovers' song). When their single was bootlegged in 1989 two more new songs were added, but these were from 1978 so should be considered early Simple Minds efforts.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Johnny And The Self Abusers - Saints And Sinners        
Saints And Sinners
(7", 1977)
       

Extraneous Releases

Johnny And The Self Abusers - Johnny And The Self Abusers        
Johnny & The Self Abusers (CD)        

Bootlegs

Johnny And The Self Abusers - Johnny And The Self Abusers Bootleg Johnny & The Self Abusers* - Dead Or Alive - Pre Simple Minds      
Johnny And The Self Abusers (7", 1989) Pre Simple Minds (12", split with Dead Or Alive)      

Various Artists

Catch A Wave UK 10" 1978 (NIce): Saints And Sinners

The Chiswick Story UK 2xCD 1992 (Chiswick): Saints And Sinners

Good Clean Fun UK CD 1995 ((Chiswick): Saints And Sinners

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Links

PUNK 77
SIMPLE MINDS - Has a superb JATSA page

 

 

 

You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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