It was 41 years ago today (an Easter Monday evening) that a newly formed punk outfit called Johnny And The Self Abusers took the the stage at Doune Castle in Glasgow. This motley crew of Weegie misfits comprised within them one James Kerr, esquire…otherwise known to all and sundry as Jim, and one Charles Burchill, esquire…aka Charlie. So newly formed, in fact, I doubt the alias names the band members briefly got known by (including Pripton Weird [Ears] and Charlie Argue) had even been chosen yet. I dunno, perhaps Syd Syphilis and Colin O’Scopy (I made that one up – but it’s more punk than Pripton Weird, for starters! Lol) were already using their punk personas, just maybe too soon for messers Weird and Argue?
Anyway…halle-bloody-lujah for that night and those two hungry boys carving out a start for themselves. Where would we be without them?
Following is some words from Jim in 2012. Original source can be viewed here (big ups to Simon Cornwell and his astonishing online SM bible that never ceases being an endless source of information…otherwise known as WiKERRpedia) at Dream Giver Redux.