Gun-Shy '86 tour
Back stage pass
Bikini Red / Flintstones
Metal pin badge
Those David Bowie endorsements in full
He also raved about the band on The Tube TV show in '88.
Words & Music Magazine. January 1988
by Radcliffe A. Joe
W&M: Do you have a current favorite band?
BOWIE: There’s an English band I like very much. Nobody seems to have heard of them. They’re called The Screaming Blue Messiahs and I’m pushing them like mad. I think they’re really good. There’s an element of The Clash in them that I really like. But there’s something else there. I’m not really sure what it is. There’s an exciting guitar player. He’s a sort of new wave guitar player, but they’re an angry mob from London.
Musician, August 1987.
David Bowie Opens Up A Little. Interview by Scott Isler
MUSICIAN: What have you been listening to recently?
BOWIE: Well! The band this week – I've only just discovered them, so they're my pet project – is the Screaming Blue Messiahs. They're the best band I've heard out of England in a long time.
Random clipping promoting the Bowie Glass Spider Tour dates, June 1987, where the Messiahs were guests at two shows.
January 16th 1988.
Newspaper plug for show in Ottowa, Canada,
11th April '88
Friday October 13, 2006.
Weapons of mass distraction: your secret music gems.
By Michael Hann / Music
Last week, Film & Music printed 49 musical secret weapons - the unknown album you can pull out to amaze and astound your friends - and appealed for you to pick the 50th. The incentive we offered was a £500 HMV gift card for the most persuasive argument made in 150 words or fewer.
Good and Gone by
The Screaming Blue Messiahs.
Ok, technically it's an EP but this is primal scream indie blues rock that the White Stripes and all their pale imitators would sell their vintage guitars for. The band did go on to achieve a tiny sliver of success on a major label (before being quickly dropped) but would spend the rest of their career searching vainly for the power of these six short tracks. I remember them playing a couple of them on the 80s version of Whistle Test - with Mark Ellen saying they were the loudest band they had ever had on. Attracted and repelled in equal measure by that part of American society in love with war, gangs, cars and girls, Bill Carter's songs are really about love and humanity and the need for spiritual uplift. Sneering, pleading and bloody mesmerising.
Posted by simonplatt on October 16, 2006.
Bill advertising for a new band on the Rocking The Blues website, 2005.
Amnesty International Festival, Milton Keynes Bowl, 19th June 1988.
Random press clippings
Screaming Blue Messiah
1 1/2 oz Goldschlager
1/4 oz Blue Curacao
Build in a shot glass.
Goldschläger is a strong, clear cinnamon schnapps liqueur with 24k gold leaf flakes.