Balaam and the Angel

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Balaam and the Angel
OriginBirmingham, England
GenresRock, gothic rock, glam metal, hard rock
Years active1983–1989, 1991–present
Associated actsThirteen, Twenty Flight Rockers, Airrace, The Runner Brothers
WebsiteBalaam and the Angel Official website
MembersMark Morris
Jim Morris
Des Morris
Chris P Notes
Past membersIan McKean

Balaam and the Angel are a Scottish rock band founded by Mark, James (Jim), and Desmond (Des) Morris in Cannock, England in 1984.[1][2]


As children in Motherwell, the Morris brothers 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,[3] named after the biblical story of Balaam, although some[who?] have claimed that it is a tongue-in-cheek reference to two railway stations in London, Balham and Angel.

Initially the band self-released a series of EP's and an album entitled Sun Family[4] via their own Chapter 22 label and played some tour dates opening for The Cult.[3] This caught the attention of Virgin Records, who signed them and released their debut album, The Greatest Story Ever Told.[5][3] It peaked at No. 67 in the UK Albums Chart in August 1986.[6] 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 of Twenty Flight Rockers,[7][8][9][10] was added to the band in 1988.[3] 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[11]. This was soon followed up in similar style when they recorded Days of Madness,[12] before leaving Virgin Records.[3] Their song "I'll Show You Something Special" appeared on the soundtrack for the film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.[13]


  • Mark Morris - vocals, bass (1983–1989, 1991–present)
  • Jim Morris - guitar, keyboards (1983–1989, 1991–present)
  • Des Morris - drums (1983–1989, 1991–present)
  • Chris P Notes (Chris Williams) - keyboards (1994–present)
  • Ian McKean - guitar (1988–1989, 1991–1994)



Date of release Album Title
1985 Sun Family
1986 The Greatest Story Ever Told
1987 Live Free or Die
1989 Days of Madness
1993 Prime Time


Date of release EP Title
1984 World of Light
1985 Love Me
1985 Day and Night
1986 Light of the World
1986 She Knows UK No. 70[6]
1986 Slow Down
1991 No More Innocence


Date of release Single Title
1987 "New Kind of Love"
1987 "I'll Show You Something Special"
1987 "I Love The Things You Do to Me"
1988 "Live Free or Die (Texas Redbeard Mix)"
1989 "I Took a Little"
1990 "A Little Bit of Love"
1993 "Shame on You"

Compilation albums[edit]

Date of release Compilation Title
1987 Young Virgins (featuring "Light of the World".)
2002 Sun Family

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b c d e Moore, Christie (2006) The Unultimate Rockopedia, AuthorHouse, ISBN 1-4259-6474-5, p. 27-8
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  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 40. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, page 325
  8. ^ International Who's who in Music: Popular music. Vol. two, Volume 1, page 378
  9. ^ The Great Scots Musicography: The Complete Guide to Scotland's Music Makers, page 227
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