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The Godfathers

Arriving nearly a decade after the first rise of U.K. punk, London's the Godfathers were a band that shrewdly embraced punk's hard-edged sound and outlook while adding elements of hard rock, R&B, and pop. As a consequence, they gave their music a level of craft and polish that made them accessible without blunting the rage in their best work.

The Godfathers were formed in 1985 by lead singer Peter Coyne and his brother, bassist Chris Coyne. Both had previously been members of the Sid Presley Experience, and after that band's breakup, they were eager to start a new project. Teaming with guitarists Kris Dollimore and Mike Gibson and drummer George Mazur, the Godfathers wasted little time committing their music to vinyl, releasing a four-song EP, Capo di Tutti Capi, on their own Corporate Image label before 1985 was out. The Godfathers were prolific out of the gate, enough so that by 1986, they were able to assemble an album from their various EP and single releases, Hit by Hit. Between their solid recorded output and touring in the U.K., Europe, and United States, the Godfathers began attracting the attention of major labels, and Epic Records soon sealed a deal with the group.

In 1988, the Godfathers released their first Epic album, Birth, School, Work, Death, which was a commercial success and spawned two singles, the title track and "'Cause I Said So," that fared well on MTV and modern rock radio. ("Birth School Work Death" also cracked the Mainstream Rock chart, peaking at 38.) Released in 1989, More Songs About Love & Hate produced another hit, "She Gives Me Love," which rose to number eight on the Modern Rock chart. The title track from 1991's Unreal World was also a Modern Rock hit, topping out at six, but like More Songs About Love & Hate, the album didn't benefit much from the success of the single, and it was the Godfathers' last album for Epic. The group revived the Corporate Image label to release a live album, Dope, Rock 'n' Roll & F**king in the Streets, in 1992. Arriving in 1993, The Godfathers (known to fans as "The Orange Album" thanks to the citrus fruit that appeared on the cover) was released in Europe, where the band still had a strong following, and another European release, Afterlife, emerged in 1995. As interest in the band slowly faded, the Godfathers broke up in 2000.

The complete original lineup of the Godfathers returned in 2008 for a reunion tour, but in 2009 Kris Dollimore left, to be replaced by new guitarist Del Bartle. Drummer George Mazur bowed out not long after, with Grant Nicholas taking his place. The new lineup of the Godfathers cut a live album, Shot Live at the 100 Club, that was released in 2010 to celebrate the group's first 25 years. The band returned to the studio for the first time in 18 years to record 2013's Jukebox Fury, and in 2017 the band's latest lineup of lead vocalist Peter Coyne, guitarists Steve Crittal and Mauro Venegas, bassist Darren Birch, and drummer Tim James delivered a studio album of all new material, A Big Bad Beautiful Noise. ~ Mark Deming
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Big Bad Beautiful Noise

1. A Big Bad Beautiful Noise

2. Till My Heart Stops Bleeding

3. You Don't Love Me

4. Poor Boy's Son

5. One Good Reason

6. Miss America

7. Defibrillator

8. She's Mine

9. Feedbacking

10. Let's Get Higher

11. You And Me Against The World

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Track List: Live In Texas - EP

1. I'm Lost and Then I'm Found (Live)

2. Walking Talking Johnny Cash Blues (Live)

3. Blitzkrieg Bop (Live)

4. How Low Is Low? (Live)

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Track List: More Songs About Love & Hate (Expanded Edition)

1. She Gives Me Love

2. Those Days Are Over

3. How Low Is Low

4. Pretty Girl

5. This Is Your Life

6. I'm Lost and Then I'm Found (Single Version)

7. I Don't Believe In You

8. Life Has Passed Us By

9. Walking Talking Johnny Cash Blues

10. Halfway Paralysed

11. Another You

12. Just Because You're Not Paranoid Doesn't Mean to Say They're Not Going to Get You! (Single Version)

13. Still Alone (Single Version)

14. Birth, School, Work, Death

15. She Gives Me Love (High Octane Mix)

16. She Gives Me Love (Extended Remix)

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Track List: Birth, School, Work, Death (Expanded Edition)

1. Birth, School, Work, Death

2. If I Only Had the Time

3. Tell Me Why

4. It's so Hard

5. When Am I Coming Down

6. Cause I Said So

7. The Strangest Boy

8. S.T.B.

9. Just Like You

10. Obsession

11. Love Is Dead

12. Miss That Girl

13. I Can Only Give You Everything (Single Version)

14. When I Am Coming Down (Live Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL)

15. Cold Turkey (Live Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL)

16. These Days Are Over (Live Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL)

17. I'm Unsatisfied (Live Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL)

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Track List: Birth, School, Work, Death: Hits, Rarities & Gems

1. Birth, School, Work, Death (Short Version)

2. She Gives Me Love (Single Version)

3. 'Cause I Said So (Single Version)

4. I Can Only Give You Everything (Single Version)

5. I'm Lost and Then I'm Found (Single Version)

6. Still Alone (Single Version)

7. Can't Try Harder

8. Just Because You're Not Paranoid Doesn't Mean to Say They're Not Going to Get You! (Single Version)

9. She Gives Me Love (High Octane Mix)

10. Birth, School, Work, Death (Dance Remix)

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Track List: The Godfathers (The 'Orange' Album Deluxe)

Disc 1

1. Free Yourself

2. Strange About Today

3. World On Fire

4. Trip On You

5. That's The Way I Feel

6. Help Me Now

7. Losing My Mind

8. She Said

9. The Prisoner

10. Seven Days

11. 21st Century Dreaming

12. Time Is Now

Disc 2

1. I'm Gone (Demo)

2. Losing My Mind (Demo)

3. World On Fire (Demo)

4. That's The Way I Feel (Demo)

5. Help Me Now (Demo)

6. Free Yourself (Live)

7. Strange About Today (Live)

8. That's The Way I Feel (Live)

9. Losing My Mind (Live)

10. The Prisoner (Live)

11. World On Fire (Live)

12. Help Me Now (Live)

13. I'm Gone (Live)

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Track List: Jukebox Fury

1. Let Your Hair Hang Down

2. If I Only Could

3. Primitive Man

4. The Outsider

5. I'm Branded

6. A Can Of Worms

7. Back Into The Future

8. I Can't Sleep Tonight

9. Mary Baby

10. Theme To The End Of The World

11. The Man In The Middle

12. Thai Nights

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Track List: The Best Of The Godfathers: Birth, School, Work, Death

1. Birth, School, Work, Death

2. She Gives Me Love

3. Unreal World

4. Just Because You're Not Paranoid Doesn't Mean To Say They're Not Going To Get You! (Single Version)

5. Cause I Said So

6. Angela

7. Walking Talking Johnny Cash Blues

8. Miss That Girl

9. This Is War

10. If I Only Had Time

11. Love Is Dead

12. Another You

13. Gone To Texas

14. Don't Let Me Down

15. Lonely Man

16. When I Am Coming Down (Live Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL)

17. Cold Turkey (2009)

18. Birth, School, Work, Death (Extended Remix)

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Track List: Unreal World

1. Unreal World

2. Don't Let Me Down

3. King Of Misery

4. Believe In Yourself

5. I'll Never Forget What's His Name

6. How Does It Feel To Feel

7. Drag Me Down Again

8. Something Good About You

9. I Love What's Happening To Me

10. Can't Try Harder

11. This Is War

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Track List: Birth, School, Work, Death

1. Birth, School, Work, Death

2. If I Only Had Time

3. Tell Me Why

4. It's So Hard

5. When Am I Coming Down

6. Cause I Said So

7. The Strangest Boy

8. S.T.B.

9. Just Like You

10. Obsession

11. Love Is Dead

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Track List: Hit By Hit

Disc 1

1. I Want Everything

2. This Damn Nation

3. I Want You

4. Can't Leave Her Alone

5. Sun Arise

6. Cold Turkey

7. John Barry

8. Sticks And Stones

9. I'm Unsatisfied

10. Lonely Man

11. Angela

12. Gone To Texas

13. Love Is Dead

Disc 2

1. This Damn Nation

2. John Barry

3. Lonely Man

4. Sun Arise

5. If I Only Had Time

6. I Want Everything

7. I Want You

8. I'm Unsatisfied

9. I Want Everything

10. Love Is Dead

11. Can't Leave Her Alone

12. Cold Turkey

13. Blitzkrieg Bop

14. Lonely Man

15. Public Enemy Number One

16. Anarchy In The Uk

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I can give Kerosene an answer why The Godfathers played on his surf guitar station...it ' s a kind of a link to follow. The Jesus and Mary Chain took surf pop, mixed it with a Phil Spector sound, the punk of The Ramones, a little Velvet Underground, added lots of fuzz, distortion, & feedback, dirtied up that surf sound a bit & become iconic themselves. The Godfathers are linked to them & that's how you got them! You may also get Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, as they're linked to J&M Chain.
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They had me right from the moment I heard the start of the Birth, School, Work, Death video on MTV. Easily one of the best British bands of the '80s.
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Eh, not very interesting. Nothing that hasn't been done before by dozens of others
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kvons1
Birth, School, Work, Death-----su m s it up nicely!
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Why the hell did this play on my surf guitar station?!
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rdowidait
Saw them in Detroit, St Andrews Hall...best damn rock group to ever hit that stage!
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crotolo3
...oh yea, The Pixies were effin' great, too. Forgot about them....
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crotolo3
...the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Yea, they were loud, but other than Midnight Oil, these boys were the best rock club act I saw in the (H)eighties. Good times.
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Saw them at the Roxy, ran into an old girlfriend I really wanted to forget about. Band was loud and strong. They did one of the best versions of Anarchy in the UK and Fight for Your Right to Party. I don't remember much after the band played.
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Saw these guys a couple times at Peabody's in Cleveland's late, great Flats. LOUDEST band I've ever heard. Great shows!
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monteb27
Saw them at Alpine valley a long time ago with Living Color, The Sugar Cubes, and New Order....top 5 shows of my life
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