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Jim Bob performing at The Garage, 2010
|Birth name||James Neil Morrison|
|Labels||The Ten Forty Sound|
|Associated acts|| Carter USM |
Jim's Super Stereoworld
James Robert Morrison
James Robert Morrison,known as Jim Bob, is a British musician and author. He was the singer of indie punk band Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine.
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Jim Bob played in various bands during the late 1970s and early 1980s, one of which was Jamie Wednesday who were performing between 1984 and 1987. In 1987 Jamie Wednesday split up just before a gig at the London Astoria. Morrison and Les "Fruitbat" Carter filled in, playing along to a backing tape, and Carter USM was born. Jim Bob and Les Carter had known each other since the late 1970s, when their band's The Ballpoints (featuring Jim on vocals) and Dead Clergy (Les on bass and vocals) used to rehearse at the same studio behind Streatham station. When The Ballpoints' bassist quit at the end of 1980, Carter joined the band, who then went on to play several gigs under the name of Peter Pan's Playground.
He was a member of Carter USM. The band split up in 1997. Since Carter USM, Jim Bob has released two albums and three singles with his disco-pop-punk group Jim's Super Stereoworld, seven solo albums as Jim Bob or James Robert Morrison and played various live shows both with his band and solo. In 2001, he joined his old Carter bandmate Fruitbat onstage once again, as part of the group Who's The Daddy Now?.
In 2005, Cherry Red released a DVD of a live solo acoustic performance titled Live From London , featuring songs from throughout his solo career as well as many Carter USM tracks. This was followed by a concept album entitled, School, which was released in March 2006.
A "Best of" album was released in the autumn of 2006, accompanied by a UK tour. This release was originally intended to be a download only release, but a physical CD was produced. The album was accompanied by a free CD of Jim Bob and Jim's Super Stereoworld rarities. The cover design was re-worked by Jim Bob from an image by Jim Connolly.
The album A Humpty Dumpty Thing was released in November 2007 by Cherry Red records. The album came with a Jim Bob penned mini novel called "Word Count". A single from the album "Battling The Bottle" was released with Jim Bob's reworking of the children's song "The Wheels on the Bus" on the B-side.
Jim Bob's next solo record was called Goffam. It was a semi concept album about a city in the grip of crime, deserted by its superheroes. He toured the UK in April and September 2009 promoting the album.
In December 2009, Jim Bob performed his 2004 song "Angelstrike!" as part of The Return of 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People shows for two nights at the Bloomsbury Theatre and at Hammersmith Apollo. This was broadcast on BBC4 under the title 'Nerdstock'.
His debut novel Storage Stories was releasedon the day of the UK General Election, 6 May 2010, by Ten Forty Books. This was followed by three novels with major publishers, Driving Jarvis Ham, The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 and Frank Derrick's Holiday of a Lifetime.
Jim Bob’s autobiography, Goodnight Jim Bob – On The Road With Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, was published by Cherry Red Books in 2004. The sequel, Jim Bob from Carter, was published by Cherry Red Books on 23 March 2019. The double novel A Godawful Small Affair and Harvey King Unboxes His Family written under the name J.B. Morrison, were published by Cherry Red Books in March 2020.
The 26 second long song "2020 WTF!" was released in March 2020 on Cherry Red Records. It was the first single from Jim Bob's August 2020 album, Pop Up Jim Bob. The second single "Jo's Got Papercuts" followed in June and a third single' "If it Ain't Broke" was released in July.
The album, "Pop Up Jim Bob" was released on Cherry Red Records on August 14 2020. It entered the official UK Album Chart at number 26. Jim Bob's first top thirty album since Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine.
All releases credited as Jim Bob unless otherwise stated. See Carter USM and Jamie Wednesday for those bands' discographies.
A Free CD recorded by Morrison at home and given away to the first 10 people to visit the T-shirt stall and ask for Marc or Neil on the October 2003 tour
25 readers of Morrison's book won a copy of the CD 'Stolen From Westlife' – 8 cover versions recorded by Morrison – after answering some questions posed by the author on page 95.
A free CD recorded by Morrison and containing six acoustic covers, the CD is currently being issued only to members of Morrison's "street team".[ clarification needed ][ citation needed ] The CD includes a cover of a track originally written and recorded by his former Carter bandmate Les Carter.
A DVD featuring a live acoustic performance of Jim Bob songs and Carter USM songs. Bonus features include an interview with Morrison, Morrison reading excerpts from his autobiography and the video for the Jim's Super Stereoworld song "Bubblegum".
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine were an English indie punk band formed in 1987 by singer Jim "Jim Bob" Morrison and guitarist Les "Fruitbat" Carter. They made their name with a distinctive style of power pop, fusing samples, sequenced basses and drum machines with rock 'n' roll guitars and off-beat wordplay-loaded lyrics. They reached the height of their fame in 1992. Over the following years the band took on new members, reaching a six-piece, but struggled to regain their earlier popularity. They initially split up in 1998 after releasing seven albums.
Bad Manners are an English two-tone and ska band led by frontman Buster Bloodvessel. Early appearances included Top of The Pops and the live film documentary, Dance Craze.
Jamie Wednesday were a British 1980s jangle pop band, formed in Streatham, South London in 1984, that released eight songs on two records between 1985 and 1986. Previously they had been called The Ballpoints, and then they became Peter Pan's Playground, later deciding on the name Jamie Wednesday.
Fruitbat is the stage name of the English musician, most famous for his part in Carter USM. As well as his official birthday he also celebrates a second birthday "like the Queen and Paddington Bear" on 12 February. Fruitbat says his second birthday was given to him in 1992 by Smash Hits.
Abdoujaparov are a punk band formed on 19 October 1998 by ex-Carter USM guitarist Les Carter. Abdoujaparov's musical foundation is in 1977 punk rock.
Chris T-T is a retired English singer-songwriter based in Brighton. In a 20-year career he released 10 studio albums, two live collections and a number of collaborations. He is also a speaker, piano accompanist, activist and radio presenter, and he has written for a range of publications. For several years he contributed a weekly column on the arts to the left-wing newspaper The Morning Star. T-T's most recent album is career retrospective double-CD Best Of Chris T-T which was released on 19 May 2017 by London-based independent label Xtra Mile Recordings.
Cherry Red Records is a British independent record label founded by Iain McNay in 1978. The label has released recordings by Dead Kennedys, Everything But the Girl, The Monochrome Set, and Felt, among others, as well as the compilation album Pillows & Prayers. In addition to releasing new music, Cherry Red also acts as an umbrella for individual imprints and catalogue specialists.
The Sultans of Ping FC are an Irish band formed in 1988 by Niall O'Flaherty, Pat O'Connell, Paul Fennelly and Ger Lyons. The band's name is a play on the Dire Straits song "Sultans of Swing", dating from a time when "it was sacrilege to say anything whatsoever funny or nasty about Dire Straits".
I Blame the Government is the final studio album by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. It was released on Cooking Vinyl Records in 1998. The album reached #92 on the UK charts.
A World Without Dave is an EP by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. It was the group's only EP release of original material and was their first release after signing for Cooking Vinyl in 1997.
30 Something is the second album by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, released in 1991 on Rough Trade Records. It was recorded in 20 days on 8-track, costing only £4,000. The album was given a 10/10 review in NME, which described 30 Something as a "brilliant, bold record". It was prefaced with a single "Anytime Anyplace Anywhere", which was a major indie hit and also included on the album.
Post Historic Monsters is the fourth album by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. It reached #5 on the UK Charts becoming the band's second highest album after 1992 - The Love Album which reached #1. The album featured two singles "Lean On Me I Won't Fall Over", which reached number 16 on the UK charts, and "Lenny And Terence," which reached number 40. The band recorded the album with co-producer and engineer Simon Painter and worked in a much more spontaneous approach than before, to an extent that even saw the band crafting songs from accidental pieces.
1992 – The Love Album is an album by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. Released on Chrysalis Records, following the demise of Rough Trade Records, the album achieved commercial success and became the band's first and only number 1 album in the UK album charts. It also contained their only Top 10 hit, "The Only Living Boy in New Cross", which reached #7 in the UK charts. The album also included two further hit singles, "Do Re Me So Far So Good" and "The Impossible Dream". Initially, an earlier single, "After The Watershed" was also programmed to be included in the album track listing, but due to an injunction from the publishers of The Rolling Stones, resulting in the band having to credit the composition to Morrison / Carter / Richards / Jagger, it was omitted from the album as they otherwise would have had to forgo publishing royalties for every copy of the album sold.
Starry Eyed and Bollock Naked was the first b-side collection by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. It was released in March 1994 and reached 22nd place on the UK charts. The album artwork features an orange Volkswagen Beetle which belonged to Jim Bob at the time of release.
Worry Bomb is an album by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, released in 1995. It reached #9 in the UK charts. It included a limited edition CD of the live show Doma Sportova...Live At Zagreb, recorded on 20 May 1994.
Jim's Super Stereoworld is the debut solo album by former Carter USM singer/guitarist Jim Bob. It was released in 2000 on Music Blitz Records.
In a Big Flash Car on a Saturday Night is a solo album by former Carter USM singer/guitarist Jim Bob, released under the Jim's Super Stereoworld moniker. It was released in 2002. Fellow Carter USM member Fruitbat is credited in the album's liner notes as shouting on "Big Flash Car" and "Heads Will Rock."
101 Damnations is the debut album by Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine. Its title is a reference to 101 Dalmatians.
"After the Watershed" is a 1991 single by Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine. Although never featured on any original album by the band, it is included on several later compilations.
"Hit" is a song written and recorded by Icelandic alternative rock band the Sugarcubes. It was released on 30 December 1991 as the lead single from their third and final studio album, Stick Around for Joy. The song became the band's most successful single, reaching number one on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart in the US, as well as peaking at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was accompanied by a music video directed by Óskar Jónasson.