by Mark Nobes, chief editor

The Silencers never achieved the success they deserved in the 80's. Their debut single, "Painted Moon" was a minor international hit (reaching #57 in the UK singles chart) and invited critical comparisons to Simple Minds and U2. This version of the song is particularly brilliant, and why the band never had a Top 40 hit in the UK, I'll never know!
The Best of The Silencer
The song featured on the band's debut 1987 album A Letter From St. Paul. I borrowed the album (on cassette) from a friend and I must have worn the tape out from playing it over and over on my Austin Metro car stereo. A great album!  

Whilst not over-popular here in Britain, The Silencers achieved commercial success in Europe and had a huge European hit with Bulletproof Heart.
Although they are a Scottish band, They were actually formed in London by ex-Fingerprintz band members Jimme O'Neill (vocals and guitar) and Cha Burns (guitar). Burns played guitar for Adam Ant's backing band from 1982-1984 alongside Fingerprintz drummer Bogdan Wiczling.

80s Singles

Painted Moon (1987) - No.57 (charted in 1988)

I Can't Cry (1987) -

I See Red (1988) - No.93

Answer Me (1988) - No.89

The Real McCoy (1988) - No.81

Scottish Rain (1989) - No.71

Razor Blades of Love (1989) -

80s Albums

A Letter From St. Paul (1987)

A Blues For Buddha (1988)

The band continued to released new material during the 90s and are still performing, Their last album Real was released in 2008, although their last single release was "Wild Mountain Thyme" in 1995 which failed to chart.
A Letter From St Paul - The Silencers