As the singer of Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine Jim Bob had 14 top 40 singles and a number one album, selling over a million records, touring the world and headlining Glastonbury. After initially splitting in 1997, Carter USM reformed ten years later for a series of huge sold out shows until they called it a day again in 2014.
Outside of Carter Jim Bob has had a long and varied solo music career. He has released eight solo albums and written songs for Ian Dury and for the 2006 Barbican production of Mark Ravenhill’s ’Dick Whittington & His Cat’, directed by Edward Hall and starring Trigger from ‘Only Fools and Horses’. In August 2010 Jim Bob made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in the Ward and White musical ‘Gutted, A Revenger’s Musical’.
Jim Bob (AKA J.B. Morrison) has written four novels –‘Storage Stories’ (Ten Forty Books), ‘Driving Jarvis Ham’ (Harper Collins) and ‘The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81’ and ‘Frank Derrick's Holiday of a Lifetime’ (Pan Macmillan), both written under the name J.B. Morrison and translated into French, Italian, German, Japanese, Turkish, Czech and Dutch.
Jim Bob’s autobiography ‘Goodnight Jim Bob – On The Road With Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine’ was published by Cherry Red Books in 2004. The sequel ‘Jim Bob from Carter’ was published by Cherry Red Books on March 21 2019.
Here is some nice praise for it:
‘The unshowbizziest showbiz biography you’ll ever read. It does the magic thing of being about something very personal but that feels entirely relatable.’ – Dave Gorman
‘So joyous and charming and funny’ – Iain Lee
'Considers in eloquent, witty, painfully honest detail the existential and logistical nightmare of starting a band when your previous band was actually very successful.' – Andrew Collins
‘A really funny and beautiful love letter to Jim Bob's favourite band, which he just also happened to be in’ – Michael Legge
‘There were complaints from the rest of the bed that I was keeping them awake, I was laughing so much’– Jonathan Main, the Bookseller Crow bookshop
‘Brilliant’ – Louder than War magazine
‘I fucking love this book’ – Eddie Argos from Art Brut
‘More tissues, more lies’ – Fruitbat from Carter
‘Jim Bob writes with pathos and a winning self-deprecating humour’ – Classic Pop magazine