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brian mcgee
musician: drummer | singer
associated with simple minds: 1975-1981

Brian McGee Brian first met Jim Kerr in the playground of Holyrood Catholic school. Brian had a copy of Ziggy Stardust and a home-made Wizzard keyring. Jim asked if Brian would make him a Bowie one. “And he did and he didn't skin me for it. He gave it to me for nothing.

The owner of a drumkit, he became the drummer in the school band, Biba-Rom!. His parents also owned a pub, which gave the fledgling musicians a place to rehearse.

He became the drummer in Johnny And The Self Abuers after a recommendation from Jim.

The group’s prankster, he also suffered from a short temper, throwing a wellington boot through the front window of John Milarky’s house. He was also the only member of the group who could drive, and ended up being their tour driver.

After the split of Johnny And The Self Abusers, he continued with Jim, Charlie and Tony in Simple Minds.

In May 1978, he was asked to transfer to The Subs as a replacement for Ali MacKenzie, but he didn't have to make a decision as The Subs soon completely fragmented.

He drummed on four albums but was never comfortable with touring. In the end, unhappy being away from home for increasingly long periods, and having just married, he left the band after recording Sons And Fascination. In later interviews, he admitted that he totally regretted his decision shortly after making it.

After a stint working in his parents pub, he rejoined the music industry and is best known for his drumming in Endgames and Propaganda.

"Felt both saddened and touched by the tragic report of indie band Viola Beach who died in a car crash in Stockholm a few days ago. I did not know the band or their music, but I could relate through vividly recalling our own early years travelling through all of Europe in our band's van - and the obvious danger involved in doing so. Not for the first time do I feel a real gratitude in particular to Simple Minds' original drummer, Brian McGee." "Not only did Brian play every gig with full commitment, but he did so usually after driving in all kinds of weather - for hours before and sometimes after - playing his heart out. Being the only one who had a driving license, he just took it on himself to perform what must have been an incredibly stressful task, particularly as those were the days before satnav, mobile phones, etc."

"The most Brian (and Eddie - after Brian) would have had to help navigate endless miles was probably some scrunched up road maps as we went from gig to gig by ways of countless tiny BnB's that in themselves were always a nightmare to find."

"And you know what? Ashamedly I am not sure anyone ever really said thanks? If so, I am doing it now. Thanks Brian, Eddie, and Lenny. Our lives were definitely in your hands throughout those insane road trips, I realise that more than ever now. Meanwhile - my thoughts go out to the friends and family of Viola Beach." - Jim, 15th February 2016

discography: mainstream singles
Saints And Sinners Life In A Day Chelesea Girl Changeling I Travel Celebrate The American Love Song Sweat In Bullet

discography: mainstream albums
Life In A Day Real To Real Cacophony Empires And Dance Sons And Fascination Sisters Feeling Call

family tree
Johnny And The Self Abusers
Simple Minds #1
Simple Minds #2
Simple Minds #3
Simple Minds #4
Simple Minds #5
Simple Minds #6
Simple Minds #7
Simple Minds #8

live appearances
Johnny And The Self Abusers 1977
Scotland 1978
Life In A Day Tour 1979
Real To Real Cacophony Tour 1979
Empires And Dance Tour 1980
Empires And Dance Tour 1980