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Fur Bible
-Chronology-

(London January 1985 - March 1986)
Fur Bible
Kid Congo Powers, Patricia Morrison, Murray Mitchell, Peter -Desi Desperate- Kablean. Photo credit: © Christina Birrer.


Chronology: a chronological overview of known concert dates (some with setlists and/or ads), 
dates of studio recordings, all line-ups and other trivia related to the American/English band Fur Bible.
Date format is DD-MMM-YY.

-Information in grey italics is uncertain-


Listen to Kid Congo's great oral history (recorded 2005) of Fur Bible taken from Newyorknighttrain whilst reading this chronology.

1985
The year in which Kid and Patricia attempt to form Fur Bible, and in the meantime support the Legendary Stardust Cowboy.

Early '84. Los Angeles: Kid Congo Powers and Patricia Morrison (then both still member of the Gun Club and tired of Jeffrey's antics) think about leaving the Gun Club and forming Fur Bible even before recording the Gun Club's "Las Vegas Story" album, but they decide to do the album and the US and European tours first.

January 1985. London: Patricia and Kid had met Tex Perkins during the Gun Club's Australian tour of October 1983. Tex was the singer in the, then recently formed, Beasts Of Bourbon with amongst others Spencer P.Jones, who did guitar on the Gun Club's tour. Kid had written Tex a letter asking him to come over and start a new band, Fur Bible. However, Tex, with long hair and no return ticket is stopped by immigration police at Heathrow airport and put on a flight straight to Manila (Philippines). After being stuck for 2 days at the airport Tex managed to contact Australian friends (James Baker [The Scientists] and Roger Grierson) who provide him with enough funds to return to Sydney. While the Kid and Patricia await Tex's second attempt they get a gig in the Netherlands as backing band for The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, to pay off the Dutch promoter Willem Venema, who had put up the money for Tex Perkins' travel. At the same time Kid has work permit problems and could not return to London (UK) until June 1985, thus staying in Amsterdam.

In 1979 Peter Kablean [a.k.a. Desi Desperate] used to drum for the Mystery Girls, a band from Slough, England. They release two singles Sounds Like The Mystery Girls ('79) and "I'm A Believer" ('81). Desperate had been the Gun Club's drummer on their November/December 1984 tour, just after Terry Graham had left for good. Desi Desperate is hired as drummer.


LSC line-up (Europe, April + October 1985):
Legendary Stardust Cowboy [Norman Carl Odam a.k.a. the Ledge] (vocals, bugle, acoustic guitar)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/ Patricia Morrison (bass, Dolly Parton wig) and Desi Desperate [a.k.a. Peter Kablean] (drums).

Leeuwarden 08-Apr-85

08-Apr-85
NL Leeuwarden,Zalen Schaaf
[with The Long Ryders]

Review: Scan from Leeuwarder Courant 09-Apr-85.

Photo: Scan of photo from Leeuwarder Courant 09-Apr-85.

Note: First of the "Legendary Stardust Cowboy with the Gun Club" concerts and start of the Dutch April tour. The Ledge (from Lubbock, Texas) is mainly known for his hit "Paralyzed" and for stripping down to his underpants during live shows. Start of a 16 date European tour, 13 in Holland and one in Norway, Sweden and Paris each.


10-Apr-85
NL Delft,Lorre


Amsterdam 11-Apr-85

11-Apr-85
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso
Extravagonzo Night
[with The Sid Presley Experience, The Vibes]

Setlist: Ghost Riders In The Sky/ Paralyzed/ I Walk A Hot Wind/ Radar/ Fly Me To The Moon [Frank Sinatra]/ I Took A Trip (On A Space Shuttle)/ Bathroom Blues/ The Crack Of Dawn/ Shadow of a Tiger/ Dynamite/ Rock It To Stardom.

Photo: Credit George Bekker @ seizoensgebonden.blogspot.nl . Used with kind permission.

Review: Scan of review, taken from Trouw newspaper, 13-Apr-85.

Note: Broadcast live-to-air by Dutch VPRO FM-radio.


12-Apr-85
NL Apeldoorn,Gigant

Setlist: Ghost Riders In The Sky/ Paralyzed/ I Walk A Hot Wind/ Radar/ Fly Me To The Moon (Space Talk) [Frank Sinatra]/ Who Is Knocking On My Door?/ I Took A Trip (On A Space Shuttle)/ Bathroom Blues/ The Crack Of Dawn/ Shadow Of A Tiger/ Dynamite.


Netherlands Apr-85

13-Apr-85
NL Goes,'t Beest

14-Apr-85
NL Groningen,Vera
[with Mad Cowboy Experience]

Ad: Scan of ad from Vinyl magazine April 1985.


Nijmegen 1x-Apr-85

15-Apr-85
NL Nijmegen,Doornroosje

Photo: Screen captures from private video.


Nijmegen 16-Apr-85

16-Apr-85
NL Venlo,OOC

Flyer: Photo of flyer, courtesy of Dominique.


17-Apr-85
NL Maastricht,Kombi


Utrecht 1x-Apr-85

18-Apr-85
NL Utrecht,Vrije Vloer

Setlist: Ghost Riders In The Sky/ Paralyzed/ Who's Knocking On My Door?/ and more...

Photo: Screen captures from private video.


Eindhoven 19-Apr-85

19-Apr-85
NL Eindhoven,Effenaar

Review: Scan of review, taken from Het Vrije Volk newspaper, 26-Apr-85.


20-Apr-85
NL Den Haag,Paard Van Troje


Oslo 22-Apr-85

22-Apr-85
NO Oslo,Renegat

Listing: Scan of listing, taken from Nye Takter music magazine #112, 1985.


Stockholm 2x-Oct-85

2x-Apr-85
SE Stockholm,-

Setlist: Ghost Riders In The Sky/ Paralyzed/ I Walk A Hot Wind/ Radar/ Fly Me To The Moon (Space Talk) [Frank Sinatra]/ [...]/ Dynamite/ Who Is Knocking On My Door?

Photo: Credit Carl Abrahamsson, published in "Fanzinera: Photographs 1985-1988" by Carl Abrahamsson (Trapart, 2012).


2x-Apr-85
FR Paris,-


Rotterdam 26-Apr-85

26-Apr-85
NL Rotterdam,Arena

Ad: Scan taken from Het Vrije Volk 2x-Apr-85.


May/June 1985
NL Kid resides in Amsterdam. Due to work permit problems he is not able to return to London (UK).


Eindhoven 18-May-85

18-May-85
NL Eindhoven,Effenaar,Ti-foon festival
[with Mark Stewart & The Mafia and Adrian Sherwood]

Ad: Scan taken from De Volkskrant 15-May-85.

Note: Solo guitar performance by Kid, which turns into a disaster after which half of the audience walks out.


May 1985
NL Arnhem,Stablesound Studios. Kid Congo Powers produces two tracks ("Dirty Dog" and "Foul Play") of (Dutch band) Claw Boys Claw's "Indian Wallpaper" EP. Engineered by Roel Toering.


Amsterdam 23-May-85

23-May-85
NL Amsterdam,Paradiso
[with Fatal Flowers]

Photo: Credit George Bekker @ seizoensgebonden.blogspot.nl. Used with kind permission.

Note: A Jeffrey Lee Pierce Quartet concert attended by Kid Congo Powers [then in Fur Bible].


London-Hammersmith 06-Oct-85

06-Oct-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Ballroom
[with the Sting-Rays]

Ad: Scan from UK mag.

Note: Billed as the Legendary Stardust Cowboy featuring....
On a break from Fur Bible's support for Siouxsie and the Banshees in the UK.


Rotterdam 11-Oct-85

11-Oct-85
NL Rotterdam,De Doelen
Pandora's Box festival -Big Hall
[with Einstürzende Neubauten, Crime & The City Solution, Jeffrey Lee Pierce Quartet, The Triffids, Tex and the Horseheads, etc..]

Setlist: Indian Wallpaper(1)/ So Mean(1)/ LCS steps out of a space rocket launched from below stage(2)/ Paralyzed(2)/ ?(2)/ Fly Me To The Moon [Frank Sinatra](2)/ ?(2)/ ?(2)/ I Took A Trip (On A Space Shuttle)(2)/ ?(2)/ ?(3)/ Dynamite(3)/ ?(3)/ Paralyzed(4).

Photo 1: Credit George Bekker @ seizoensgebonden.blogspot.nl . Used with kind permission.

Photo 2: Scan of photo from Algemeen Dagblad 14-Oct-85.

Poster: Photo of poster.

Festival schedule: Scan of schedule from the official festival booklet. Big Hall: Einstürzende Neubauten, Claw Boys Claw with Legendary Stardust Cowboy (replacing John Martyn/The Pogues), Tex and the Horseheads, Defunkt, Green On Red; Dance Hall: Jeffrey Lee Pierce Quartet, Crime and the City Solution, Screaming Blue Messiahs, Shockheaded Peters, The Lighthouse Keepers (replacing The Jesus and Mary Chain); Small Hall: Paleis van Boem, Legendary Pink Dots, The Woodentops, The 77's, The Triffids; Mini Box: Rose of Avalanche, The Plastic Dolls.

Video: Video.

Note 1: (1) Claw Boys Claw on their own, (2) Legendary Stardust Cowboy backed by Claw Boys Claw, (3) Legendary Stardust Cowboy backed by Fur Bible, (4) Legendary Stardust Cowboy backed by Fur Bible and with Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

Note 2: In replacement of John Martyn (who replaced the Pogues), the Legendary Stardust Cowboy appeared as surprise act at the festival, backed by Dutch band Claw Boys Claw for the main part and Fur Bible: Kid Congo Powers (on guitar and in his underpants), Patricia Morrison (on bass and with a Dolly Parton wig) and Desi (drums) for the final part. Jeffrey Lee Pierce joins for the encore.

Note 3: Kid and Patricia also perform as Fur Bible the next day of the festival.






1985-1986
Fur Bible: recording of their only EP, followed by a 2-month tour supporting Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Fur Bible line-up #1 (London June/August 1985):
Tex Perkins (vocals)/ Kid Congo Powers (guitar)/ Patricia Morrison (bass) and Desi Desperate [a.k.a. Peter Kablean] (drums).

June 1985
UK London, studio. Rehearsal session don't get off the ground. Tex, who by now had managed to get to London (via Amsterdam, entering the UK by boat through Harwich harbour), was strung out, homesick and bored of Fur Bible's music. By August the three others gave up and sent Tex back to Australia.


London 1985. In those days Murray Mitchell was guitar roadie for Siouxsie & the Banshees. In 1981 he had also been in Lydia Lunch's The Agony Is The Ecstacy tour-band (and been her boyfriend), tour managed the Gun Club at the tail end of their 1984 tour and he plays on Jeffrey Lee Pierce's (February/March 1985 recorded) "Wildweed" album. He's hired as guitarist for Fur Bible.


Fur Bible line-up #2 (London August 1985-March 1986):
Kid Congo Powers (vocals,guitar)/ Murray Mitchell (guitar)/ Patricia Morrison (bass) and Desi Desperate [a.k.a. Peter Kablean] (drums).

August 1985
UK London-Soho,Eel Pie Studios,recording "Plunder The Tombs" 12". Produced by Clint Ruin [a.k.a. Jim. G.Thirlwell].


2x-Sep-85
FR Release of their "Plunder The Tombs" 7"/12" single (New Rose).


London 26-Sep-85

26-Sep-85
UK London-Croydon,Underground

Ad: Scan from NME 28-Sep-85.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


xx-xx-85
UK London,Camden,Electric Ballroom
[with Alien Sex Fiend]


UK Oct-85

05-Oct-85
UK Preston,Guildhall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

07-Oct-85
UK Sheffield,City Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

08-Oct-85
UK Bradford, St. George's Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.

Note: Start of a nearly 2 month support on Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Cities In Dust" tour.


Groningen 09-Oct-85

09-Oct-85
NL Groningen,Vera

Setlist: Plunder The Tombs/ Indian Old Man Face/ Thar She Blows/.../ Heaven Is In The Backseat of My Cadillac [Hot Chocolate].

Review: Taken from Nieuwsblad van het Noorden 10-Oct-85.

Note: First gig on the European continent. On a break from the Siouxsie and the Banshees tour.


Goes 10-Oct-85

10-Oct-85
NL Goes,'t Beest
[with Claw Boys Claw, replacing Alex Chilton]

Ad: Original ad from OOR magazine 05-Oct-85.

Note: Second gig on the European continent. On a break from the Siouxsie and the Banshees tour.


Rotterdam 12-Oct-85

12-Oct-85
NL Rotterdam,De Doelen
Pandora's Box festival -Small Hall
[with The Rain Parade, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Cult, Sonic Youth, Nico..]

Setlist: ?/ Headbolt/ ?/ ?

Poster: Photo of poster.

Festival schedule: Scan of schedule from the official festival booklet. Big Hall: Nico, Anne Clark, Echo and the Bunnymen, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; Dance Hall: L'Attentat Fatal Flowers, The Long Riders, The Cult, The Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth; Small Hall: Hula, Fur Bible, Alex Chilton, Chris Isaak, The Rain Parade; Mini Box: Mona Mur, The Very Things.

Note 1: Recorded and broadcast by Dutch FM radio.

Note 2: The day before Kid and Patricia joined the Legendary Stardust Cowboy's show. On a break from the Siouxsie and the Banshees tour.


UK Oct-85

14-Oct-85
UK Leicester,De Montfort Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

15-Oct-85
UK Manchester,Apollo Theatre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

18-Oct-85
UK Brighton,Brighton Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

19-Oct-85
UK Birmingham,Odeon
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

21-Oct-85
UK Slough,Fulcrum Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

22-Oct-85
UK Gloucester,Leisure Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.

Note: Rejoining the the Siouxsie and the Banshees tour.


London-Hammersmith Oct-85

24-Oct-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Odeon
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

25-Oct-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Odeon
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

26-Oct-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Odeon
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

Ad: Scan of ad from Sounds 26-Oct-85.

Note: On the 24th Siouxsie dislocates her kneecap and has to be brought to hospital. She would finish the remainder of the tour perched on a stool.


London 30-Oct-85

30-Oct-85
UK London,University of London
[with Sonic Youth, Slaughter Joe,Miaow]

Review: Scan of review from NME 09-Nov-85.

Note: Kid meets Anita Lane, then Nick Cave's girlfriend, after the show.


UK Oct-85

31-Oct-85
UK Aberdeen,Capitol Theatre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

01-Nov-85
UK Dundee,Cairn Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

02-Nov-85
UK Carlisle,Sands Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

04-Nov-85
UK Liverpool,Royal Court
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

05-Nov-85
UK Nottingham,Royal Concert Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

07-Nov-85
UK Wolverhampton,Civic Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

09-Nov-85
UK St. Austell,Cornwall Coliseum
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

10-Nov-85
UK Bristol,Hippodrome
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

14-Nov-85
UK Oxford,Apollo
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

15-Nov-85
UK Poole,Arts Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

16-Nov-85
UK Cardiff,Ocean Club
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

18-Nov-85
UK Folkestone,Leascliffe Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

19-Nov-85
UK Ipswich,Gaumont Theatre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

20-Nov-85
UK Norwich,University of East Anglia
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

21-Nov-85
NI Belfast,Avoniel Leisure Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.

Note: Continuation of the support tour for Siouxsie and the Banshees.


London 23-Nov-85

23-Nov-85
UK London-Hammersmith,Clarendon Hotel,Klub Foot @ the Ballroom (upstairs)
[support Johnny Thunders Group and with Dogs D'Amour and The Fits]

Review: Original ad from NME 23-Nov-85.

Note: Not part of the Siouxsie and the Banshees tour.


24-Nov-85
IE Dublin,S.F.X. Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

25-Nov-85
IE Dublin, S.F.X. Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.

Note: Continuation of the support tour for Siouxsie and the Banshees.


London 28-Nov-85

28-Nov-85
UK London,The Royal Albert Hall
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

Ad: Scan of ad from UK mag.

Note: Final date of the tour.


2x-Dec-85
US NY,New York City,Pyramid club

2x-Dec-85
US NY,New York City,-

Note: Their only 2 live shows in the US.


Den Haag 12-Mar-86

12-Mar-86
NL Den Haag,Paard van Troje

Photo: Screen captures from private video.

Review: Scan of review, taken from De Volkskrant newspaper, 15-Mar-86.

Note: A small and final tour in the Netherlands.


Groningen 13-Mar-86

13-Mar-86
NL Groningen,Vera

Review: Taken from Nieuwsblad van het Noorden 14-Mar-86.


Haarlem 14-Mar-86

14-Mar-86
NL Haarlem,Het Patronaat

Ad: Original ad from OOR magazine 08-Mar-86.


Rotterdam 15-Mar-86

15-Mar-86
NL Rotterdam,Arena
[with Mortal Virtue]

Ad: Original ad from OOR magazine 08-Mar-86.


Amsterdam 16-Mar-86

16-Mar-86
NL Amsterdam,Melkweg
[with The Moonies]

Ad: Original ad from OOR magazine 08-Mar-86.


Deventer 17-Mar-86

17-Mar-86
NL Deventer,Burgerweeshuis

Ad: Original ad from OOR magazine 08-Mar-86.


Utrecht 18-Mar-86

18-Mar-86
NL Utrecht,Vrije Vloer

Ad: Original ad from OOR magazine 08-Mar-86.


Maastricht 19-Mar-86

19-Mar-86
NL Maastricht,Kombi-De Kapel

Photo: Credit Standphoto/propress.

Note: Last ever Fur Bible concert. Fur Bible had sixty dates booked when Patricia pulled out, to join up with Andrew Eldridge in The Sisters of Mercy.


London 1986. Kid is asked to join Nick Cave's Bad Seeds in September 1986 and relocates to Berlin. During the tour with Siouxsie, Patricia was contacted by Andrew Eldritch, asking her to join The Sisters of Mercy. She performed vocals on the 1986 album "Gift" (released under the group name The Sisterhood).

In the 2nd half of 1987 Peter Kablean did some stuff with Alison Moyet, before joining Nikki Sudden and Rowland S. Howard's live touring band for their gigs in UK and Europe (1987). Later he played with Steve New [Rich Kids, Sex Pistols, Visage], and John Perry and Peter Perret [The Only Ones] and had his own band Revolvers in the early '90's, that Jeffrey Lee Pierce was to produce. In later years he would drum for Genie In The Jukebox (2010), Diatribe Music (2012) and Rock N Roll Etc (2014). In 2016 Desi played for various bands with some old players who had been in groups including Rainbow, Tammy Wynette, Glen Campbell and the Tremeloes.



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