Balaam and the Angel

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Balaam and the Angel
Origin Birmingham, England
Genres Rock
Gothic rock
Glam metal
Hard rock
Years active 1984–1989
Labels Virgin
Members Mark Morris
Ian McKean
Jim Morris
Des Morris
Chris Williams

Balaam and the Angel are a rock band formed in Cannock, England in 1984.

The three founding members of the band, the Morris brothers, are Scottish. As children in Motherwell, they worked in the entertainment industry as part of a cabaret act. They moved south to England to Cannock, Staffordshire, where they formed Balaam and the Angel.[1]

Initially the band self-released a series of EP's via their own Chapter 22 label and played some tour dates opening for The Cult.[1] This saw Balaam and the Angel catch the attention of Virgin Records, who signed them and released their debut album, The Greatest Story Ever Told.[1] It peaked at No. 67 in the UK Albums Chart in August 1986.[2] They toured in the United States with The Mission, Kiss and label mate Iggy Pop.

A second guitarist, and the first non-sibling, Ian McKean, was added to the band in 1988.[1] The band began to move away from gothic rock music styles into a sound that had more in common with hard rock. With their new-found style, they recorded the album Live Free or Die. This was soon followed up in similar style when they recorded Days of Madness, before being dropped by Virgin Records.[1] Their song "I'll Show You Something Special" appeared on the soundtrack for the film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Since 1994, Balaam have used keyboard player Chris Williams (also known as Chris P Notes) in their live shows. Chris also plays keyboards on Jason Bonham's first band Airrace's second album, Back to the Start, released in 2011.


  • Mark Morris - vocals, bass
  • Jim (James) Morris - guitar, keyboards
  • Des (Desmond) Morris - drums
  • Ian McKean - guitar
  • Chris Williams - keyboards



Title Date of release
The Greatest Story Ever Told 1986
Live Free or Die 1987
Days of Madness 1989
Prime Time 1993


  • World Of Light - (1984)
  • Love Me - (1985)
  • Day and Night - (1985)
  • She Knows - (1986) - UK No. 70[2]
  • Slow Down - (1986)
  • No More Innocence - (1991)


  • "I Love the Things You Do to Me" - (1987)
  • "I'll Show You Something Special" - (1987)
  • "Live Free or Die" - (1988)
  • "I Took a Little" - (1989)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Sun Family - (1987)
  • Young Virgins - (1987)


  1. ^ a b c d e Moore, Christie (2006) The Unultimate Rockopedia, AuthorHouse, ISBN 1-4259-6474-5, p. 27-8
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 40. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.