An Exclusive Interview with Kenny Harris, the drummer from Screaming Blue Messiahs
(DaRK PaRTY isn’t shy to admit that we rock. Seriously. That’s why we were into the Screaming Blue Messiahs back during the alternative 1980s. What’s not to love about a British post punk band that has a song called “Holiday Head”? If you've never had the pleasure of listening to the album "Gun Shy" then you don't know what you're missing. So we did what any self-respecting fan boy does – we looked up Kenny Harris, the drummer from Screaming Blue Messiahs, and asked him for an interview. Kenny is a man of few words (damn drummers) – but this is what we managed to yank out of him. We also tried to get a hold of Bill Carter, the lead singer, but apparently he’s a bit of recluse. Hey, Bill! Come on board! We promise not to take you down to the woods and play!)
DaRK PaRTY: Can you give us a brief origin story on Screaming Blue Messiahs? How did you meet and why the name Screaming Blue Messiahs?
Kenny: We first met through an advert in Melody Maker. They were advertising for a drummer for the Small Brothers their band before Motor Boys Motor.
DP: How would you describe the sound of the Screaming Blue Messiahs?
Kenny: Bit of a racket.
DP: You were once David Bowie's most popular band. Did you meet Bowie? Who are some of the other artists who you shared the stage and worked with?
Kenny: We met him (Bowie) briefly. He stuck his head into the dressing room to say hello. Other artists we have played with include Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cramps, The Ramones, The Sugarcubes, The Gun Club etc, etc.
DP: What are your three favorite Screaming Blue Messiah songs and why?
Kenny: I find it hard to name just three but I always had a soft spot for “I Want Up.” It was reasonably paced and it always gave me a chance to get my breath back before the next song.
DP: “I Wanna Be a Flintstone” was your biggest hit, but it also labeled the band as a novelty act. How did that song come about and do you ever regret releasing it?
Kenny: It was supposed to be a sort of updating of “Here Come The Flintstones” from the Motor Boys Motor album. It was made for our own amusement. We didn't think for a minute that it would be a single. That was a record company decision and perhaps with hindsight, not a particularly wise one.