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The Lightning Seeds

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The Lightning Seeds are an English alternative rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1989 by Ian Broudie vocals, guitar, producer, formerly of the band Big in Japan

Originally a studio-based solo project for Broudie, the Lightning Seeds expanded into a touring band following Jollification 1994 The group experienced commercial success throughout the 1990s and are well known for their single "Three Lions", a collaboration with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner which reached No 1 in the UK in 1996 and 1998


  • 1 History
    • 11 1989–1993: Formation and early years
    • 12 1994–1998: Touring years
    • 13 1999–2005: Tilt and hiatus
    • 14 2006 – present
  • 2 Band members
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


1989–1993: Formation and early years

In 1989, Ian Broudie began recording alone under the name "Lightning Seeds" The name derives from a misheard lyric from Prince's 1985 hit single "Raspberry Beret" The rain sounds so cool/When it hits the barn roof/And the horses wonder who you are/Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees Broudie had previously been a member of the band Care in the mid-1980s, but by 1989 was much better known as a producer for Liverpool-based chart acts, Echo & the Bunnymen, and many other independent labels at the time

Working as a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer, Broudie, in his guise as "The Lightning Seeds", achieved success with the psychedelic hit "Pure" from the album Cloudcuckooland, which reached the UK Top 20 "Pure" had some success in the United States Billboard Top 40 reaching No 31 Both "Pure" and "All I Want" also reached the Modern Rock Tracks top 10

Broudie resumed his production career after the success of the first Lightning Seeds album, but returned to song-writing in 1991 and moved labels from Rough Trade to Virgin He then resumed his Lightning Seeds recording career, drafting Simon Rogers as his studio partner in terms of production, arrangements, and instrumentation Rogers, who had also helped with programming on the first Lightning Seeds album, would continue as Broudie's in-studio partner throughout the rest of the Lightning Seeds' career

The album Sense 1992 featured the song "The Life of Riley", written by Broudie for his son, which reached No 28 in the UK Singles Chart An instrumental version of the song later became better known as the BBC TV theme for the "Goal of the Month" competition The album Sense would mark Broudie's first Lightning Seeds song-writing collaborations with former Specials singer Terry Hall The album's title track "Sense", co-written with Hall

1994–1998: Touring years

Broudie signed the Lightning Seeds to Epic Records, put other projects on hold and embarked on a touring schedule:

By the end of 1993 Broudie had finished the Jollification 1994 album, which included contributions from Terry Hall, Alison Moyet and Ian McNabb, the promotional tour began in August 1994 with a consistently changing line up over the years with Broudie the only constant The tour benefited from the success of the second single from the album "Change", which reached No 13 in the UK Singles Charts, becoming the band's second UK top 20 hit The song was also featured on the soundtrack for the hit movie Clueless The album Jollification became a critical success and the singles taken from this album, "Lucky You", "Marvellous" and "Perfect" made noticeable impact Mark Farrow's album cover featured the use of computer graphics to create an enormous strawberry and depicting seeds with superimposed human faces

During this period a number of songs were recorded at a private river barge studio located at Eel Pie Studios, then owned by Pete Townshend for the fourth studio album Dizzy Heights The single "Ready or Not" was released ahead of the album and reached No 20 in the UK Singles chart

In 1996 The Football Association commissioned Broudie to write an England song for the upcoming Euro '96 football tournament Broudie agreed on the condition that comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel, who had presented the late-night television show Fantasy Football League participated The resulting song, "Three Lions", became a No 1 on the UK Singles Chart and was adopted as a football chant, not only in the UK but also in countries such as Germany, where the single and accompanying video reached No 16 in their charts

In 1997 Lightning Seeds headlined the Hillsborough Justice Concert, which was held at the Liverpool Anfield stadium to raise fund for the families in their struggle for justice

During this period the band achieved three more UK Top 20 hits, including a cover version of The Turtles "You Showed Me", which became one of their biggest hits

1997 gave the Lightning Seeds international exposure with the song "You Showed Me" included on the Austin Powers Soundtrack The release of Like You Do and a UK promotional tour followed In 1998, Broudie reworked and recorded an updated version of their hit football anthem for the FIFA World Cup in France "Three Lions '98", reached No 1 in the UK Singles Chart and became the first song to top the charts on two separate occasions with different sets of lyrics In 1998, The Lightning Seeds also performed on the Main Stage at both the Glastonbury Festival and the V Festival in the UK

1999–2005: Tilt and hiatus

Their album Tilt 1999 was dance-oriented and featured collaborations with Stephen Jones The single "Life's Too Short" was heralded by BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles as "one of the band's strongest singles to date" and rose to No 27 in the UK Singles Chart

2006 – present

The band's second greatest hits album The Very Best of the Lightning Seeds was released on 12 June 2006, followed by the re-release of "Three Lions", which rose to No 9 in the UK Singles Chart In 2009 Sony released a new collection of songs under the title Four Winds, but the album was never toured

In 2014, the songs and career of Ian Broudie were celebrated in a concert held at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra and performances by Ian McCulloch Echo And The Bunnymen, Miles Kane The Last Shadow Puppets, Terry Hall The Specials, James Skelly The Coral and Broudie himself with a band featuring musicians Sean Payne The Zutons, Bill Ryder Jones and Nick Power The Coral and Broudie's son, Riley The event was filmed but is yet to be released

On 22 August 2014, the Lightning Seeds were joined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool's Sefton Park for a show in front of 30,000 people, reprising the Philharmonic show without the special guests

In December 2016, the Lightning Seeds supported Madness on their British pre-Christmas arena tour

Band members

  • Ian Broudie – lead guitar, vocals, keyboards 1989–2000, 2006–present
  • Martyn Campbell – bass, backing vocals 1994–2000, 2009–present
  • Riley Broudie – rhythm guitar 2009–present
  • Abi Harding – saxophone, keyboards, backing vocals 2016-present
  • Jim Sharrock – drums, backing vocals 2016-present
Former members
  • Ali Kane – keyboards 1994–1996
  • Angie Pollock – keyboards, backing vocals 1996–2000, 2009
  • Chris Sharrock – drums 1994–1997
  • James Bagshaw – keyboards 2010
  • Keith York – drums 1997–1998
  • Mathew Priest – drums 1997
  • Paolo Ruiu – bass 2006
  • Paul Hemmings – guitar 1994–1998
  • Raife Burchell – drums 2010
  • Rob Allum – drums 2009–2010
  • Sean Payne – drums 2011–2012
  • Simon Rogers – guitar, bass, keyboards 1992–2000
  • Zak Starkey – drums 1998–2000


Main article: The Lightning Seeds discography
  • Cloudcuckooland 1990
  • Sense 1992
  • Jollification 1994
  • Dizzy Heights 1996
  • Tilt 1999
  • Four Winds 2009


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason "Lightning Seeds biography" allmusiccom Retrieved 2 November 2010 
  2. ^ The Lightning Seeds Biography Retrieved 20 July 2011
  3. ^ "Ian Broudie's pop life was Joy, Marvellous and Perfectbut then came Three Lions" Herald Scotland 
  4. ^ "The works of Ian Broudie" Lightning-seedscouk Retrieved 2 November 2010 
  5. ^ "Lightning Seeds reviews" Lightning-seedscouk Retrieved 2 November 2010 
  6. ^ "madasafish" Lightning-seedscouk 
  7. ^ "England's Euro 2004 Song released" BBC News 31 May 2004 Retrieved 2 November 2010 
  8. ^ "Lightning Seeds biography" Lightning-seedscouk Retrieved 2 November 2010 
  9. ^ Hann, Michael 14 May 2009 "Pop review: Lightning Seeds, Four Winds" The Guardian Retrieved 22 January 2018 
  10. ^ Simpson, Dave 6 April 2014 "The Music of Ian Broudie review – 'bittersweet undercurrents'" The Guardian Retrieved 22 January 2018 
  11. ^ Dave Simpson "The Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie: 'People didn't know what was on the England badge before Three Lions'" The Guardian 
  12. ^ "Madness announce Lightning Seeds support for arena tour" Music-newscom Retrieved 22 January 2018 
  13. ^ "Ian Broudie and the Lightning Seeds - About | Facebook" Facebookcom Retrieved 2016-12-17 

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