Legendary British rock & roll group The Godfathers were formed in 1985 by brothers Peter Coyne (vocals) & Chris Coyne (bass) from the ashes of their previous band The Sid Presley Experience. Joined by Mike Gibson (guitar), Kris Dollimore (guitar) & George Mazur (drums) The Godfathers toured extensively & quickly earned a serious reputation for their electrifying brand of primal rock & roll & their incendiary live shows around the world.
Forming a recording partnership with famed producer Vic Maile The Godfathers released 4 critically acclaimed, smash hit independent singles on their own Corporate Image label (‘Lonely Man’, ‘This Damn Nation’, ‘I Want Everything’ & ‘Love Is Dead') which alongside a brutal cover of Lennon’s ‘Cold Turkey’ were compiled into their seminal debut album release ‘Hit By Hit’ in ’86.
Signing a worldwide deal with Sony/Epic records in ‘87 The Godfathers unleashed the storming rocker ‘Birth School Work Death’ & scored a US Billboard top 40 hit after massive college radio airplay & heavy MTV rotation. The classic ‘Birth School Work Death’ album released in ’88 (includes the hit anthem title track, ‘Cause I Said So’ & a re-recorded ‘Love Is Dead’) was celebrated with extensive tours of the UK, Europe & USA & they cemented their reputation as one of the best live acts of the period. The Godfathers’ mob inspired image, raw lyrics & guitar-driven, edgy rock & roll sound was in direct contrast to the clean, synthesized pop that mainly dominated at that time & foreshadowed the Brit rock resurgence of the 1990’s.
1989’s ‘More Songs About Love And Hate’ (featuring the American college radio smash single ‘She Gives Me Love’ and live favourite ‘Walking Talking Johnny Cash Blues’) was followed by the death of producer Vic Maile & the departure of guitarist Kris Dollimore, who was replaced on guitar by Chris Burrows for ‘Unreal World’ (which included the American radio hit ‘Unreal World’ & a searing cover of The Creation’s psychedelic classic ‘How Does It Feel To Feel’) in 1991. A provocatively titled live Godfathers’ album ‘Dope, Rock & Roll & Fucking In The Streets’ was issued in 1992 on Corporate Image & with various line-up changes the band toured the globe constantly. The Godfathers released 2 further albums on Intercord Records, a self-titled album in ‘93 (a.k.a. the orange album because of it’s distinctive cover art) & ‘Afterlife’ in ’95, before the group finally imploded in 2001.
In 2008 The Godfathers reformed their original line-up to promote a vastly expanded 2CD version of their classic debut album ‘Hit By Hit’ & performed a select amount of British, European & American dates & festivals together for the first time in nearly 20 years. These included the highly successful revival of their traditional Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre concerts with knockout, triumphant performances at The Forum in London in February ’08 & Chicago’s Metro in February ’09. Former Sid Presley Experience guitarist Del Bartle replaced Dollimore in March ’09.
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