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Fur Bible
-Chronology-

(London January 1985 - March 1986)
Fur Bible
Kid Congo Powers, Patricia Morrison, Murray Mitchel, 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 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 then singer in the recently formed Beasts Of Bourbon with amongst others Spencer Jones, who did guitar on the Gun Club's tour. Kid had written Tex a letter asking him to come over and join 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 who provide him with the funds to return to Sydney. While the band awaits Tex's second attempt they get a gig in the Netherlands as backing band for The Legendary Stardust Cowboy. 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: Taken from Leeuwarder Courant 09-Apr-85.

Note: Start of a 14 date European tour, 13 in Holland and one in Paris.


xx-Apr-85
NL -,-


Nijmegen 1x-Apr-85

xx-Apr-85
NL Nijmegen,Doornroosje

Photo: Screen captures from private video.


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.

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. Broadcast live-to-air by Dutch 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.


13-Apr-85
NL Goes,'t Beest

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

16-Apr-85
NL Venlo,OOC

17-Apr-85
NL Maasttricht,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.


19-Apr-85
NL Eindhoven,Effenaar

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


xx-Apr-85
FR Paris,-


Rotterdam 26-Apr-85

26-Apr-85
NL Rotterdam,Arena

Ad: 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).


xx-May-85
NL Eindhoven,Effenaar

Note: Solo guitar performance by Kid, which turns into a disaster when 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

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

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

Poster: Photo of poster.

Note: In replacement of John Martyn, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy appeared as surprise act at the festival, backed by Dutch band Claw Boys Claw (who also played a played a short warm-up set). They possibly played the 'Mini Box' after Fur Bible finished their set at the 'Small Hall'. Kid and Patricia also join for a few songs. On a break from Fur Bible's support for Siouxsie and the Banshees in the UK.


1x-Oct-85
DE -,-

1x-Oct-85
SE Stockholm,-

Note: Second tour as backup band for the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. On a break from Fur Bible's support for Siouxsie and the Banshees in the UK.


Bergen 19-Oct-85

19-Oct-85
NO Bergen,Hulen

Review: Scan from K7 Bulletin nr 08.






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 now had managed to get to London] was strung out and homesick. 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) 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 Mitchel (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 26-Sep-85.

Flyer: Scan of flyer.


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


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]

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.


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.

Note: Recorded and broadcast by Dutch FM radio. After their own set, Kid and Patricia join the Legendary Stardust Cowboy for a few songs. On a break from the Siouxsie and the Banshees tour.


xx-Oct-85
EU Short tour of Europe with the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. See up.


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

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


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
NIR Belfast,Avoniel Leisure Centre
[support for Siouxsie and the Banshees, with The Scientists]

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

25-Nov-85
IR 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.

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.


14-Mar-86
NL Haarlem,Het Patronaat

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


16-Mar-86
NL Amsterdam,Melkweg


Maastricht 19-Mar-86

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

Photo: Credit Standphoto/propress.

Note: Last ever Fur Bible concert. Plans for touring France and Germany never materialised.


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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