Afraid of Mice

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Afraid of Mice
Afraid of Mice.jpg
The original lineup of Afraid of Mice in 1981.
Background information
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres New wave, post-punk
Years active 1979–1986
Labels Charisma
Past members Philip Jones
Geoff Kelly
Sam Brew
Clive Gee

Afraid of Mice were a British new wave/post-punk band from Liverpool, England, formed in 1979.[1] They released five singles between 1981 and 1982, and one self-titled album in 1981 on the Charisma label.


Prior to Afraid of Mice, Philip Franz Jones had already been in various bands since 1977. The band was formed in Liverpool in 1979 by Jones (vocals, sax, flute, keyboards), together with Geoff Kelly (bass, vocals) and Clive Gee (drums), and later Sam Brew (guitars). They started out playing covers, then later went on to write their own material. Working alongside producer Tony Visconti, their self-titled debut album was released in 1981.[1]

Despite having a huge fan following, the album didn't sell well. A second album was planned, but was never completed. This eventually led to Afraid of Mice leaving Charisma and dispersing completely, with Jones later teaming up with Alex McKechnie in 1986 to form the duo Two's a Crowd (later renamed to Up and Running).[2][3][4]

Since the break-up[edit]

Jones has since then embarked on a solo career. He regularly plays at various gigs in Liverpool such as The Cavern Club.[5]

Kelly now works at The City of Liverpool College as a teaching assistant. He has posted songs on his SoundCloud page known as Glib Kelly. [6]



  • Afraid of Mice (1981)


  • "Intercontinental" (1981)
  • "I'm on Fire" (1981)
  • "Popstar" (1981)
  • "Transparents" (1982)
  • "At the Club" (1982)


  1. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Afraid of Mice - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  2. ^ mij (2004-02-26). "music...isms: Ways to Wear Coats (A Compilation From Vulcan Studios, 1986)". Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Afraid Of Mice". Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
  4. ^ mij (2004-02-26). "music...isms: Afraid of Mice - 1980-82". Retrieved 2012-06-26. 
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