In September 2021 a new record shop Chapter 22 Roots and Records opened up in Bath helping to keep the vibe of the 80's alternative culture alive. The store has an amazing selection of pre owned and new vinyl as well as selling houseplants and coffee making for a very unique environment.
On display in the store is an original Pip Pop Art painting of the band Balaam and the Angel commissioned by the store owner Dean. Dean also runs record label Chapter 22 Records as well as music promotion, Angel Promotions. Pip is really proud to have been asked to do the piece for the store and being a vinyl junkie himself welcomes the opportunity to support a local business helping to keep the passion alive. Pip is pictured below on the store's opening day with owners Dean and Nicola.
About Chapter 22 Records
"We both have had a love for music from an early age, which turned into a passion in the 1980’s, the best decade for music in our opinion!
We used to kit bag around the country following bands like Balaam and the Angel and The Mission, our passion for music never waned over the years… fast forward to 2021…. During the interim years Nicola became a florist and I spent the years working for a large retailer in charge of packaging solutions and supply chain initiatives, we came together as a couple three years ago and during Covid times had this idea about opening a shop in our current home of Bath that would combine plants and music… so Chapter 22 Roots and Records was born, we wanted it to showcase who we are as people and our passion for the music from the 80’s, especially the post punk, alternative scene.
We hope you all enjoy visiting the store, which is not just a shop but a destination, where a warm welcome always awaits." Dean Brown, Owner
Live Acoustic Music
The store regularly puts on music shows, including intimate live performances from 80's artists Doctor and The Medics and Nic Heyward frontman of Haircut 100. The shop has already attracted a few celebrity visits including Bath local Midge Ure of Ultravox featured in the photo below with Pip's painting in the background!
Balaam and the Angel
Balaam and the Angel are a Scottish rock band founded by Mark, James (Jim), and Desmond (Des) Morris in Cannock, England in 1984. As children in Motherwell, Scotland, the Morris brothers worked in the entertainment industry as part of a cabaret act. They moved south to Cannock, Staffordshire, England. where they formed Balaam and the Angel.
Initially the band self-released a series of EP's and an album entitled Sun Family via their own Chapter 22 label and played some tour dates opening for The Cult. This caught the attention of Virgin Records, who signed them and released their debut album, The Greatest Story Ever Told. It peaked at No. 67 in the UK Albums Chart in August 1986. 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, was added to the band in 1988. 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 leaving Virgin Records. Their song I'll Show You Something Special appeared on the soundtrack for the film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.