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The Christians are a soul band from Liverpool, England, scoring several UK chart hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They consisted of Garry Christian (lead vocals), Roger Christian (vocals), Russell Christian (keyboards, saxophone, vocals) and Henry Priestman (b. 21 September 1955) (keyboards, guitars, vocals). The band’s name refers to the Christian brothers’ surname (which is coincidentally also Priestman’s middle name), rather than any religious sentiment.

Their first three singles all made the Top 40 in the Britain, and their eponymously-titled 1987 debut album entered the UK album chart at number 2, and eventually sold over a million copies. The highest placed single from this album was “Ideal World”, which reached number 14 in the UK singles chart.

In 1988 they released a cover of the Isley Brothers’ “Harvest For The World”, with all proceeds going to charity. The video for the track was an animation, created by four leading animation companies, including Aardman of Wallace and Gromit fame. The video won several awards, and the single reached number 8 in the charts.

1989 saw another charity single success, this time as performers on a version of Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey, released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which stayed at number one for several weeks.

Their second album, Colour released in 1990, reached number one in the UK album chart, and in 1992 the follow-up, Happy in Hell charted at number 18. But none of their following singles reached the top 20.

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  • N-Y-R

    Prodigal Sons is very good, I don't understand why it's so unknown...

    21 Jul 9:13am Reply
  • N-Y-R

    This group reminds me my childhood when my father was addicted to "Words". Now, it's me.

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • kimizefa

    A show in Bilbao was scheduled... and then cancelled. :( We were so close to seeing them! Please come back!

    8 Apr 2011 Reply
  • alxn

    114,258 plays (24,324 listeners)

    24 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ramiroreguerin

    merecen muchas más visitas ... "the bottle" con 15 es para no creer

    20 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Check out Henry Priestman's new album . . . some good material there

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Unbelievable. Far more plays required. Hooverville only #10 too. . . WTF?

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • bombadil25

    I can't believe it! Only 49.000 plays up to january 2009...

    23 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Baldycoot1

    They are a terrific band live. Caught a great acoustic set they did at the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town on a Sunday night a few years ago now. I'm off to see them at Clacton Princes Theatre tonight!!!

    18 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ted1986

    ridiculously low number of plays for such a good band! Only 93 plays for the top track this week!

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Gaynor7

    They are a fabulous live band still go see 'em

    23 May 2008 Reply
  • kimizefa

    I (along with the rest of the world, it seems) completely missed their comeback album. Is it any good?

    3 Apr 2008 Reply
  • bAzTNM

    A great band! Forgotten Town is such a great song.

    18 Aug 2007 Reply

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