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The Bodines, comprising of Mike Ryan, Paul Brotherton, Tim Burwood and Paul Lilley, emerged from Glossop, England, near Manchester, in 1985. Fronted by the floppy-fringed Ryan, they became one of the better-known outfits from a crop of jangly indie bands that sprang up around that time. They made their debut with “God Bless”, an early release by Creation Records. Shortly afterwards, Lilley was replaced on drums by John Rowland. Two further singles followed; their second, “Therese”, was included on the famous C86 compilation album. Like their contemporaries Primal Scream, The Mighty Lemon Drops and the Weather Prophets, The Bodines went on to sign up with a major label with great hopes of transferring their success to the mainstream charts. The group joined Magnet Records, where a remix of “Therese” became their major label debut.

The Bodines’s debut album, Played (produced by Ian Broudie, later to enjoy success as a recording artist as the Lightning Seeds) was a fine jangly pop artifact, but it only scraped in to #94 in the album charts, in the summer of 1987. On the 23rd August 2010, The Bodines seminal album “Played” is to be reissued with 7 bonus tracks on Cherry Red label. Sadly, none of the Bodines’ singles for Magnet got into the top 75. Under pressure for failing to deliver the hit record that their major label backers required, the Bodines split up, albeit temporarily. Rowland went on to play with The Rainkings.


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  • pabloco11

    quien sea el DJ de la zero fm, gracias por reactivar mi interés en el indie pop ochentero

    9 Apr 2:18am Reply
  • Nyasa_Lake

    I'm back, to this page again and trying to scribble some shit. Oh well, you are still one of my top 3 C86 bands.

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • Sqwubbsy

    It scares the health out of me.(2)

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Nyasa_Lake

    You know I'll crawl back, I will never leave.... I should admit I'm at the funeral of my youth but Skankin' Queens will never die.

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • dondyarizona

    William Shatner!!

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • dixieernill

    Hi, Davey Woodward of The Brilliant Corners is playing a gig in Manchester 19th November 2011 - playing a solo set including the odd Corners track and also headlining with his band The Experimental Pop Band - 2 other great groups on the bill - message me fore more details - really intimate venue and just £6 a ticket.

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • shelovesbodines

    The Bodines seminal album Played is reissued on the 23 August 2010 with 7 bonus tracks,Cherry Red label

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • timburbodinesos

    hi bruvs how is the sunny side of the planet with you?tim b

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • shelovesbodines

    great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not seen this before!! wot great hair in rehersal videos!

    5 May 2010 Reply
  • ZulAtsari

    veerryyyy goooodd!!

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • samphar

    C86 forever!! I love the bodines.

    11 Oct 2009 Reply
  • shya_man

    It scares the health out of me.

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • icarokar

    One of The Best Indie-Jangle Band of Creation Records!

    11 Jan 2009 Reply
  • wastedish

    very good band

    22 Dec 2008 Reply
  • alongwaltz

    She probably was referring to the BoDeans.

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • raeinnn

    did tina fey just reference them on 30 rock?

    14 Nov 2008 Reply
  • v_for_violence

    it scares the health out of me!

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • v_for_violence

    Where have they been my whole life?

    11 Jul 2008 Reply
  • newkid7

    the best of pop!

    10 Jun 2008 Reply
  • manicpopthrill

    ..perfect pop,great live band too

    2 Mar 2008 Reply
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