Heard Rock’n’Roll in a Belfast bar and ditched all thoughts of joining the priesthood. He took up guitar, along with drinking, womanising, and a little light burglary. Around this time he developed a fascination with Voodoo and began to investigate its secrets. He got out of town when the heat was turned up, and found himself in Hamburg working for 'The Fixer'. There he met Stagger Lee, and Pearly Gates and formed a band. They needed some extra fire power, so they called in Bad Penny, and the band were on their way!
Pearly Gates: Little is known about his early years. One story goes that his old man taught him bass at an early age then kicked him out to make his own way in the world; another says he was an apprentice gravedigger until a mix of boredom and malice one day ensured his boss was never seen again. Stealing antiques for an overseas smuggling racket landed him in borstal. On his release he dropped out of sight until he turned up working for 'The Fixer', and inevitably he hooked up with Das Fenster.
When drummer ‘Stagger’ Lee got banged up for handling stolen goods, ‘The Chemist’ was called in to take over on drums. As a boy he attended several schools, each of which was destroyed in late night fires started in the science classrooms. The authorities said that The Chemist was to blame, and it was whilst in a Young Offenders Centre that he learned to play drums.
He had a flair for science and he made it to university, paying his way by selling ‘tonics’ to the other students. He graduated with a ‘1st’ in Chemistry and no debts!
Also known as ‘Dr Fry’ because of his love of “things that go boom! in the night”. When not playing drums, The Chemist can be found in his private lab carrying out ‘Experiments’.