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Balaam And The Angel

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Cannock, Staffordshire, England (1983 – present)

Balaam and the Angel are a gothic rock band formed in Cannock, Staffordshire, England during 1983.

The three founding members of the band are Scottish brothers; the Morris brothers (James Morris, Mark Morris and Des Morris). As children in Motherwell, they worked in the entertainment industry as part of a cabaret act. They moved south to England, to Cannock, Staffordshire, where they formed Balaam and the Angel.

1985 saw the band augment their line up with keyboard player ‘Wendy Harper’.

Initially, the band self-released a series of EPs via their own Chapter 22 label and played some tour dates opening for The Cult. This saw Balaam and the Angel catch the attention of Virgin Records who signed them and would release their debut “The Greatest Story Ever Told” in 1986. They toured in support of it in the United States with KISS and label mates Iggy Pop.

A second guitarist, and the first non sibling was added to the band in 1988; Ian McKean. The band began to move away from gothic rock music styles into a sound that had more in common with hard rock. With their new found style they recorded the album “Live Free or Die”, which featured the minor rock (#13) and college radio (#18) hit “I Love the Things You Do to Me”. This was soon followed up in similar style when they recorded “Days of Madness”, before being dropped by Virgin Records. Their song “I’ll Show You Something Special” is on the Steve Martin and John Candy movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” soundtrack.

At some point, the band were joined by Chris P Notes on Keyboards.

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  • trad-goth

    "I love the things you do to me, I love the things you say to me, But I know I can't help you now" damn fine tune!!!

    10 Mar 10:50pm Reply
  • Totentanzz

    Sun family is a masterpiece!

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • myszabella

    deathrock? did I miss something? I like them so much, but - huh - deathrock, really? who's tagged them like that?

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • flashbleu

    For a goth band, they are almost power pop.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • razzu

    and prime time is brilliant!

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
  • razzu

    planes, trains and automobiles!!

    28 Feb 2010 Reply
  • WinterMore

    хотя, не всё)

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • WinterMore

    посредственный такой хард-рок.

    29 Nov 2009 Reply
  • hannahamyadams

    may be going to see them in London on the 12th Oct :) woopwoop!! Live Free Or Die is my number 1 :) x

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
  • allfear

    Balaam are Playing London on the 12th October 2008

    11 Aug 2008 Reply
  • HeadShop

    LALALALALLAAAAAAAAAAAA

    13 Jun 2008 Reply
  • elegiak

    I didn't know this, I really like it! The album sun family the chapter 22 years is great..

    13 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Draconysius

    Great stuff! More hard rocking than a lot of goth stuff.

    4 Dec 2007 Reply
  • Maxkonstar

    Check out Soulrise - need listeners to tag us - Ta! x

    16 Nov 2006 Reply

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