1985 – present (33 years)
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
The Bible were an independent UK band with lead singer Boo Hewerdine. The band released two critically acclaimed albums in the mid-1980s.
In 1985, Hewerdine, who ran a record shop in Cambridge UK, formed The Bible, recruiting jazz drummer Tony Shepherd. They released an album of songs through the independent Norwich label Backs Records called Walking The Ghost Back Home.
The Bible became a fairly successful independent band, with a cult following spread mostly through word of mouth and live performances. Two tracks from the first album, Graceland and Mahalia, were released as singles, but did not achieve very significant sales. The album however was very well received by music pundits, and this brought the band to the attention of Chrysalis Records. Signing to Chrysalis, "Graceland" and another track, Honey Be Good, were (re)released as singles, and reached the lower end of the UK singles chart. A new album, Eureka, followed, but failed commercially. In 1988, Hewerdine decided to leave the group and pursue solo projects. Two former members went on to start Liberty Horses.
The Bible reformed for a tour in 1994.
* 1986 Walking The Ghost Back Home HAVENCD4 (re-released 1996)
* 1988 Eureka HAVENCD5 (re-released 1996)
* 1995 Random Acts Of Kindness HAVENCD8 1995 (odds & ends compilation)
* 1999 Dodo HAVENCD11 1999 (posthumous collection of the album that the reformed Bible might have made, but never did)
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