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The Screaming Blue Messiahs


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The Screaming Blue Messiahs were a band formed in 1983 in London by Bill Carter (vocals and guitar), Chris Thompson (bass and vocals) and Kenny Harris (drums). Featuring a high-octane sound sometimes described as “rockabilly from hell” and an almost unhealthy obsession with Americana, they initially released the mini-album Good and Gone before signing to WEA. Three full-length albums followed. The first, Gun Shy, produced the single “Wild Blue Yonder,” which although a minor hit, would resurface in 2006 as the closing music of an episode of FX’s Rescue Me. The second album, Bikini Red, provided their only hit in the form of I Wanna Be a Flintstone, which was later included on the soundtrack to the live-action Flintstones movie.

Despite supporting David Bowie on tour, they were dropped by their label after the third album and split shortly afterwards.

After the split Thompson and Harris went on to form The Killer B’s while Carter dropped out of performing music. Harris later turned to writing.

In 2006 a MySpace page appeared under the name “Screaming Bill Carter” featuring three previously unreleased songs.


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  • staffanrislund

    Huge fan!

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • slainte666

    A great and highly under appreciated band!!! I have all their recordings! Always on the hunt for more live gems!!!!!!

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • katti85

    damn good music.....

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • Shmorgasborg

    The best 97 cent concert I have ever gone to. I have all their albums (cassettes). Great music.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • tiggerpuff88

    If there is any band from the '80's that were truly cooler than the Screaming Blue Messiahs - I'm not sure who they could be. To say they are sorely missed doesn't truly do them justice - digging the Screaming Blues for the first time isn't quite on the level of a first kiss - nor do they claim to be (like the celebrated "new romantics" of their time) -more like your first peel of rubber from Daddy's Chevrolet, or your first look at a girl working a hula-hoop - now THAT'S something special. Dig it.

    27 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Soundhog

    Now you've opened a can of worms. How about The Icicle Works or Then Jericho? They both had their noisier moments...

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Soundhog

    Heh, just ordered 'Live at the BBC', but only because I can't find Good and Gone on cd - that ep blew a hole in the middle of the '80s, aided and abetted by The Godfathers

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • jpjscribe

    debut disc, "Gun Shy", just re-issued...get down to your local record store and buy it!

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
  • jalanb

    WTF: Similar artists include China Crisis and Squeeze ? There's gotta be a better criterion for "similar" than "from around the same time" ?

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • guidedbyvices

    It's a crime that more people don't listen to this band...

    29 May 2009 Reply

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