BACKGROUND: Dundee lad Mick originally guested on B&S’ early recordings, due to the fact his own band, Hardbody, were signed to Sony. After initially rebuffing B&S’ offers (see below), he was eventually suckered into joining in time for the “Boy With The Arab Strap” album. A true musical gypsy, there’s barely a style of music he hasn’t toyed with. And barely a double-entendre he hasn’t made. A clean-cut young man, his large suitcase has become renowned for always coming on tour, regardless of how long we’re away for. A day or a month, it doesn’t matter. What he keeps in there is anyone’s guess. Whatever it is, you can be sure it’s going to be immaculately folded.
NICKNAME(s): Mickolas. Mickolas Mickelby. Formerly known as Shagger.
EDUCATION: Pharmacology degree. Yet to be put to any real use, unless he’s got some kind of lab in his house, which isn’t out of the question really.
ATTRIBUTES: Reasonable, Mischievous, Good eye for detail.
PUNCTUALITY: Ah, the strange case of Mick. Undoubtedly the most organised in the band, Isobel’s departure has left him exposed as the least punctual Belle. Why? We can only assume he’s too busy being organised to be on time. A true enigma.
SAMPLE QUOTE: Oh, I don’t know. Probably something to do with his horn I’d imagine.
FINEST MOMENT: Probably the time the group gathered together to ask Mick to join full-time, having been part-time trumpet player. The buzz of anticipation was palpable as everyone excitedly awaited Mick’s grateful acceptance. And his response? “Err, no thanks.” Obviously he later relented, a decision he has probably never regretted. Nope. Never. Either that or accidentally eating a seafood vol-au-vent at The Brit Awards, and having to go back to the hotel to go green and vomit, leaving Richard to celebrate by himself.
MOST LIKELY TO: Exceed his baggage allowance (on the outward journey). Find some innuendo amusing. Play in a ska band on the side. Have an alarming allergic reaction to seafood. Go jogging after soundcheck. Indulge in a spot of home improvement. Moisturise. Have a theme party. Become involved with a theatre group. Have a pension plan.