If you click on ‘Bodines’ on the index part of this blog over on the right-hand side, you will find there have been three postings, all of which have featured debut single Therese.

Understandably so, as it is one of the great 45s of the C86 era – as I mentioned previously, it is a song that feels as if Julian Cope is fronting an energetic and lively Orange Juice which, and I won’t have any arguments, is a recipe for unadulterated magnificence.

The follow-up single was always likely going to be a bit of a letdown in comparison, which sadly proved to be the case:-

mp3 : The Bodines – Heard It All

It’s a decent enough song but there’s nothing to make it stand out from the crowd, although listening again it does seem that my Julian Cope observation for Therese was misplaced as lead singer Mike Ryan seems to be channelling someone else from that era and scene….and indeed if you flip the 45 over to the b-side, you’ll get to hear the whole band paying tribute to Echo & The Bunnymen with a tune that wouldn’t have been out-of-place on the Crocodile-era material.

mp3 : The Bodines – Clear

Bloody good innit???




There’s a few folk who would make a case for this being the best song of the 48 which appear on CD 86:-

mp3 : The Bodines – Therese

I for one wouldn’t argue as it sounds as if Julian Cope is fronting an energetic and lively Orange Juice which is a recipe for unadulterated magnificence.

The Bodines were from Glossop in the north-west of England not all that far from Manchester.  Featuring Mike Ryan on vocals, Paul Brotherston on guitar, Tim Burtonwood on bass with Paul Lilley on drums (only for the debut single before he was replaced by John Rowland), they were very quickly snapped up by Creation Records for whom they released three singles, the second of which was Therese, with these as the b-sides:-

mp3 : The Bodines – I Feel
mp3 : The Bodines – Scar Tissue

The song was also part of the original C86 tape.

They signed to Magnet Records at the beginning of 1987 which is where and when things badly unravelled. A new mix of Therese flopped as did a follow-up single and their debut album despite the continued support from many supporters in the music press with next to no play for their songs o mainstream radio. And before the year was out, their label had lost faith with the band and so it was no surprise that they split up.

A very brief reformation came in 1989 for a one-off single on a small Manchester-based label and that was that until 2010 when Cherry Red Records re-released the long out-of-print debut album, Played,with a few bonus tracks thrown in. It’s a record that come highly recommended by your humble scribe.

Here’s a bonus of the re-released version of Therese with b-sides from a 2 x 7″ bundle thrown in:-


mp3 : The Bodines – Therese (new mix)
mp3 : The Bodines – Heard It All
mp3 : The Bodines – Clear (live)
mp3 : The Bodines – God Bless (live)
mp3 : The Bodines – I Feel (live)
mp3 : The Bodines – William Shatner (live)

And finally, an extended mix made available on the Cherry Red reissue:-

mp3 : The Bodines – Therese (extended mix)




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





I make no apologies (again) for going into the archives over at the old blog for today’s piece.  It was one I stumbled across when searching for Dick Van Dyke’s adventures that were recounted just the other week.  This is from another of my old Sunday Correspondents gang who goes by the name of Cullen Skink.  He didn’t half select some banging tunes……….

If there’s a city outside Scotland whose impact is recurrently felt on The Vinyl Villain, it must be Manchester with its Magazine, Morrissey, New Order

I lived there as a student in the late 80s and early 90s, a period when Manchester gained its reputation for being the centre of the music world.

I was certainly enthralled by the musical heritage. My all-time favourite bands were Buzzcocks and The Fall. Joy Division/New Order too – though I eschewed The Smiths. And I was intoxicated by the contemporary scene: a huge Happy Mondays fan, I followed the Inspiral Carpets for a while, though wasn’t arsed about the Stone Roses

But you can hear all those bands any time, so here are some others that I loved around that time – bands that deserve to be glorified not forgotten. As behoves a VV Sunday Correspondent, let me turn once more to ye olde vinyl…

The Bodines made glorious, glimmering pop music, the pinnacle of 80s indie before syncopated funky-drummer beats took over. There’s a good case to be made for Therese (1987) as the greatest single ever. Certainly it should be on heavy rotation on all music radio.

mp3 : The Bodines – Therese

Laugh‘s funky swagger jumps out of this fantastic single from 1988. It drags you onto the dancefloor and shouts in your ear. They missed the Madchester bus, until they regrouped in time for the second wave as Intastella.

mp3 : Laugh – Time To Lose It

A forgotten music of the time is that loose agglomeration of ugly noiseniks that pointed sharpened sticks at earnest ears. I thought Dub Sex were Manchester’s best, though I wonder if anybody else did…

mp3 : Dub Sex – Swerve

As the Madchester phenomenon peaked, bands were chewed up and spat out as the media trendsetters moved on – to grunge or whatever the next big thing was. But of these second-wave bands, the New Fast Automatic Daffodils meant the world to me, and Big might be my most loved record of the time. As far as I was concerned it was indie-dance crossover on a par with Loaded or Fools Gold.

mp3 : New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big

To my eternal chagrin I never saw The World Of Twist, though their concerts have become the stuff of legend. I just never imagined it’d be over so quickly – a couple of miraculous singles, a disappointing album, then nothing (and their frontman Tony Ogden died far too young in 2006).

mp3 : World Of Twist – Sons Of The Stage

Oh and while I’m in this mood, we’d better have some Mondays after all…

mp3 : Happy Mondays – Freaky Dancin’ (live)

Don’t sit down……

Cullen Skink, Sunday 25th April 2010