The Bodines are no more than a small footnote in musical history, but they did write and record one of the best indie-pop singles of the 80s.
They were a four-piece band from Glossop, a town fairly close to Manchester and given they emerged in 1985, it is probably fair to say that The Smiths were amongst their inspirations.
Alan McGhee took a shine to them and signed them to Creation for whom they released three singles on a 12-month period before they then rather bizarrely signed to Magnet Records, a UK label which was best known for middle-of-the road chart pop acts – although it should be said that Magnet were making an effort to find an indie act with the capability to cross over as The Bodines were one of a number who signed to the label in the mid-80s.
Whatever hopes the band and the label might have had were quickly dashed as two singles and one LP sold in miserably low amounts leading to the inevitable parting of the ways by late 1987. They reformed two years later (no doubt inspired by the fact that a number of their C86 contemporaries were enjoying a modicum of success) but one single on a local Manchester label later it was all over yet again.
I suppose it must have been difficult when you write something as majestic as this and nothing else comes close to matching it:-
mp3 : The Bodines – Therese