Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Heard It All



Today we have two bands linked together firstly as I only have one single by each and secondly as they were both of Creation records briefly and may be argued would have been better off staying there, hanging around the offcie making the tea and as a reward be allowed to bring out a new album every year. It appeared to work for Ed(ward) Ball!

Anyway, first we have The Bodines who after a run of excellant singles looked set for greatness. Major labels came a calling and they settled on the mighty Magnet label. For those who don't know Magnet were famous for getting hits but with artists of their manufactured/novelty genre. At some point they decdied what they needed was some credability signed The Bodines, made videos, got them on TV, re-released the classic single "Threase" and even kitted the band out in nice stripey t-shirts but alas it had little effect. After the bands one and only album "Played" the band split, reformed & split again but left behind some great songs like the one here "God Bless" a fine piece of C86 style jangle pop. For even more great downloads and a much better history you can visit Tom of indie mp3 blogs's page below.

Brighton's Blow Up released two singles on Creation including the wonderful "Pool Valley" I must confess I know bugger all about the band apart from that, and the fact they then released today's other download "Forever Holiday" for another label and made a video for the song of the band falling over alot on Brighton beach. If my hazy memory serves me correctly they then changed their name to something else (Spitfire?) which maybe someone out there can confirm. Yes I know you're out there!


More Bodines downloads can be found here

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

According to the "Great Indie Discography" BLOW UP were from Brighton, England, founded in 1986 by someone who had just departed from the 14 ICED BEARS.
Same source says that SPITFIRE though were formed in Crawley, Sussex, England, in 1990 - but by completely different people, nothing to do with BLOW UP. Ummm...

Anonymous said...

there's a few internetty things around on singer nick roughley, quitarist justin spear and bassist aziz hashimi of blow up. wow, this takes me back, cheers!

Steve said...

Thanks for the info. Guess I was confused about Spitfire, who I seem to remember as not being particularly good so not being connected to them is probably a bonus.

Anonymous said...

i saw blow up a number of times and always felt they deserved better, their guitarist justin spear is the son of roger ruskin spear of the bonzo dog band. if you have it, may i request their cover of the feelies song slipping in to something. really rockin' i left my copy in britain when i moved to the u.s.

Anonymous said...

The band changed rhythm section to incorporate Simon Sparrow on bass and Dil Davies on drums and were called 'Bug'.

Anonymous said...

It was Nick Roughley who left the Bears to form Blow Up as they got signed to Creation before they had even done a gig! They had a single called World which got banned by Radio One ( bbc ) as it coincided with the Gulf War! Bad luck as it was about to get daytime radio 1 playlisted.They deserved better and were great live were always a little ahead of their time and stuck to their own thing. Where are they now? I would go to watch them gig again if i could.