One Album Wonders: The Bodines' Played

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 01:36pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date fromthe Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 



The Bodines (not ever to be confused with WaukeshaWisconsin's BoDeans) were a jangle-pop band from Glossop, England comprised of Michael RyanPaul BrothertonTim Burtonwood, and Paul Lilley. In 1985 they released a debut single, “God Bless” b/w “Paradise,” on Creation. After its release Lilley was replaced by John Rowland. Their second single, “Therese,” was included in the famed C86 compilation.

Their profile thus raised, they secured a deal with Magnet, who released their debut album, Played in 1987. Despite its quality and what should've been the Midas Touch of Ian Broudie's production, the album only reached 96 in the UK charts -- this was, after all, the height of the Stock Aitken Waterman-era. Having utterly failed to trouble the likes of Rick Astley and Mel & Kim, the Bodines apparently had no choice but to disband.

The band briefly re-formed with Spencer Birtwistle in place of Burwood in 1999. After re-breaking up, Rowland went on to form The Rainkings with several former members of Inspiral Carpets, Ryan went on to form Medalark Eleven, and Birtwistle played in one-album-wonders, Laugh, which evolved intoIntastellaPlayed was re-released (with bonus tracks) on compact disc by Cherry Red in 2010.



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