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The June Brides

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London, United Kingdom (1983 – 1986)

The June Brides were an English pop music group, formed in London in 1983, by Phil Wilson and Simon Beesley of International Rescue. Influenced by Postcard-label bands such as Josef K and -era bands such as The Desperate Bicycles and The Television Personalities, their mix of guitar pop with viola and trumpet formed a blueprint for many of the bands that would follow. First playing live as a band in August 1983, they attracted the attention of future Creation Records boss Alan McGee who gave them several gigs at the now famous ‘Living Room’, but reputedly decided not to sign The June Brides to his new label as it would have been “too obvious”. Two Joe Foster-produced 1984 singles on The Pink Label, In The Rain and Every Conversation saw The June Brides receive much attention and these two songs appeared frequently on compilation albums from that era. A year later, the mini-album There Are Eight Million Stories appeared (produced by John O’Neill of That Petrol Emotion) and went straight to number one in the UK Indie Chart, staying there for a month. The album remained in the indie chart for 38 weeks. Disillusioned with Pink, the band moved to Marc Riley’s In-Tape label for two further singles - No Place Like Home and This Town and in 1986 opened for The Smiths on their Irish tour dates. The June Brides were asked to contribute to the NME’s C86 compilation but declined for fear of being pigeonholed.

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  • smichaelgbg

    Lelle

    6 Sep 8:02am Reply
  • blebbio

    "the instrumental" is one of the best pop rock songs ever

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • EndsWithTheSea

    fucking brilliant

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • theangrychav

    so yr saying that they played a gig on my birthday last year? balls.

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • nousit

    wondering if anyone has got a spare ticket for The Lexington they would be prepared to sell? Please.

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • PrinceWingman

    The mighty June Brides are supporting The Loft @ The Lexington in Angel on November 25th if anyone out there is interested...and you bloody well should be!

    26 Oct 2011 Reply
  • acfwilson

    june brides- twang club preston lancs, at the now demolished caribean club, 85 sometime, think the album was out by then, they all came to the twang you know, Marc riley, nightingales, big flame, and a cast of thousands, heady times

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
  • tjd9

    Wish I had heard of them 25 years ago!

    8 Dec 2010 Reply
  • TheDevilsTuna

    Check out tonight's post on the Devil's blog featuring some words on The June Brides' Phil Wilson's new album http://besttuna.blogspot.com/2010/11/phil-wilson-wow-thanks-for-links.html

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • -tgt-

    guitar, drums, viola..? trumpet....?? but anyway, another thing they had in common with Josef K: Tragically short existence.

    1 Jul 2009 Reply
  • whiskey_kittie

    gooood stuff :)

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • sankathi

    excellent band.

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • NihilistSpasm

    yeah, there's a guitar, drums...

    21 Mar 2008 Reply
  • newkid7

    sounds exactly the same as Josef K

    7 Jan 2008 Reply
  • PoisonFrog

    Probably the best band to come out of the mid eighties much maligned C86 scene, and there were quite a few good ones. Phil Wilson was a great songwriter and was blessed with a voice almost as good as Ray Davies which is about as good as it gets actually.

    20 Nov 2007 Reply
  • yesboyicecream

    let it be said: i love the june brides

    22 Jun 2007 Reply

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