Friday, January 20, 2006

the place The Maggie in Sauchiehall Street
the band
Big Dick and the Fourskins
from left to right

Guitar : Duncan Barnwell ex Johnny and the Self-Abusers and Simple Minds
Bass : Brian McLintock
Vocals : Dicey O'Neill
Drums : Hugh Armstrong
Lead Guitar : Derek Forbes ex Subhumans, Simple Minds,Propaganda, The Flys, 10:51,Addict of the Tripp Minds(Japan), Oblivion Dust (Japan),Spear of Destiny now A Few Good Men


Blogger queen_of_the_mountain said...


nice hair hahaha did you do those curls with some of your granny's curlers or are they natural?

i have a few pix like these of my parents, need to dig them out one day, they're funny!! see, my mum was born in 1956 too.

...that means... could be my mother!!!!!


sorry, just kidding ;)

8:43 am  
Blogger Derek Forbes said...

The hair is all natural,no curling required. Note the name of the band, because that was the inspiration for Johnny and the Self Abusers. You see John Millarkey, Jim ,Brian, Charlie et al used to go to the Doune Castle to watch bands. The Fourskins used to play there a lot, and it was also our local. There were a lot of fans, who all wore T Shirts emblazoned with the name. Of course they'll probably deny it, but I know better. We were brilliant by the way !!!!!

12:18 pm  
Blogger queen_of_the_mountain said...

are there any old tapes existing?

1:23 pm  
Blogger kristof said...

Hi Derek,

It's awesome ! If you would say, this is Status Quo in 1975, I would believe you....

Didn't Jim mention in one or another interview about the name Johny and.... that he didn't want a name anymore like Big Dick and the Fourskins...? Now it becomes clear to me.
Apparently he really didn't like the name of your band...?
Did you meet Jim at one of those Doune Castle occasions ?

By the way, If you would play in Belgium somewhere in 2006 with AFGM, I'll be there !

greetz from belgium

2:33 pm  
Blogger Bruce said...

Hi Dirk, great to see Russ Abbot in the crowd with his see you jimmy hat on. Who is the little fella on the left, you didn't namecheck him

1:48 pm  
Blogger Derek Forbes said...

That is Billy 'Puss' Thomson. He was our roadie, and what a colourful character he was.Simple Minds new him as the Acid man , for some reason or another. He was a roadie with the Subs, (my old band the Subhumans, Stiff Records 1977/78), and helped us rescue lots of people trapped in the snow in the Highlands, January 1978. We were on the front page and centre spreads of nearly every National newspaper, Check it out. The Fourskins had two sets of girl singers The Cock Follies and the Sluts, how immature were we? But they loved it. Derek

5:48 pm  
Blogger Derek Forbes said...

Can anyone see the violin bow hanging from my microphone stand? I used this for our rendition of Led Zeppelin's 'Dazed and Confused' and 'How Many More Times'. Someone said it sounded like a Horse being shot. I also had a small wooden box with a footswitch that could turn on a red bulb inside the box. Spectacular or what? All the resin dust from the violin bow would make a reddy pink cloud as I knocked my guitar's pan in. Derek

7:07 pm  
Blogger queen_of_the_mountain said...

sounds like those were the days...

8:10 pm  
Blogger queen_of_the_mountain said...

look what i've found, hehe


8:51 pm  
Blogger queen_of_the_mountain said...

its a pic of my son, just click on the word "click"

8:52 pm  
Blogger Derek Forbes said...

What a smashing little chap. Scottish???

10:23 pm  
Blogger queen_of_the_mountain said...

look at this >>> click

dressed up for a carnival party!!

6:11 am  
Blogger Rob said...

I suppose the guy in front of the stage (left at the table) is not 'pleasantly disturbed' ;-)

He makes a real 'get the *** out of here' impression




6:27 pm  
Blogger Spearbabe said...

Flippin heck! thought it was the Dead End Kid's myself!! ha ha ha .. am I showing my age?

ahhh well....

2:32 am  
Blogger Peter said...

Hello Derek,

I heard you wanted to sell one of your acoustic guitars. Well, I am very interested. Do you still want to sell it. Please, can you give me some info. My e-mail address is I am the guitarplayer of the dutch SM-tribute band 1984.

Thanx already,


9:31 pm  

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