B-Movie (band)

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B-Movie
Origin Mansfield, England
Genres Synthpop, post-punk, new wave
Years active 1979–1985, 2006, 2011–present
Labels Some Bizzare, Deram,
Sire, Wax Records, No Emb Blanc, Cherry Red, Warner Platinum
Associated acts Six Sed Red, Charming Snakes, One, Laughing Gas, Slaughterhouse 5, Enormous, Peter Murphy
Members Steve Hovington
Paul Statham
Graham Boffey
Rick Holliday
Past members Al Cash
Adi Hardy
Mike Peden
Martin Winter(aka Smedley)
B-Movie at Hope and Anchor June 2013

B-Movie are a new wave band from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, active in the first half of the 1980s. Their 1982 single "Nowhere Girl" became an international club hit, earning the band a worldwide fan base.

History[edit]

The band's original lineup included vocalist/bassist Steve Hovington, guitarist Paul Statham, keyboardist Rick Holliday and drummer Graham Boffey.

B-Movie's initial 1980 EP releases, the Take Three 7" and Nowhere Girl 12", were issued on the small UK indie label Dead Good Records. They were eventually signed to the Some Bizzare management roster ,and their song "Moles" was featured on the original 1981 Some Bizzare Album.

In 1981, the band signed to Phonogram imprint Deram, and had their biggest UK commercial success with the single "Remembrance Day", which reached No. 61 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The follow-up single, "Marilyn Dreams", failed to chart.

In 1982, they re-released "Nowhere Girl" as a single, which made the Top 10 in many European countries and reached No. 68 in the UK,[1] but there was no immediate follow-up or full-length album. The popular webcomic Nowhere Girl was named after this single.

A revolving door of members started at this point. Drummer Boffey left and was replaced by Andy Johnson, while Martin Winter (aka Smedley) joined on bass. Next, Holliday left in 1983 to form Six Sed Red with Soft Cell associate Cindy Ecstasy (their biggest success came when Six Sed Red's song "Dream Baby" was covered by Bananarama on that band's 1984 eponymous LP). Statham switched from guitar to keyboards and was briefly replaced by Stuart McLean (Charming Snakes) for a tour of Israel. B-Movie then resurfaced in 1984 (with Al Cash on drums) with the single "A Letter from Afar", produced by John "Jellybean" Benitez but it failed to chart. Cash then left, leaving B-Movie as a three piece of Hovington, Statham and Winter augmented by session players.

Towards the end of 1985, they finally released an album on Sire Records called Forever Running, containing re-recorded versions of their two hits, but both it and the single "Switch On - Switch Off" were flops despite a tour to promote them. The band broke up soon after.

Frontman Hovington formed a band called One in the late 1980s with Seven Webster and drummer Bob Thompson, releasing an album and two singles on Chrysalis. He later formed another band called Laughing Gas, releasing one 7" single.

B-Movie at Hope and Anchor June 2013

After his departure, Boffey joined Slaughterhouse 5, releasing two singles, "Pathetic Girlfriend" and "Things She Did", and an album, Wide Open on IRS. After this venture, Boffey and Davy Lawrence formed Enormous.

Guitarist Statham collaborated with ex-Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy, successfully participating as part of Murphy's solo backing band, The Hundred Men. He co-wrote and performed on Murphy's solo albums Love Hysteria[2] (1988) and Deep (1990). He co-wrote Dido's first single "Here with Me", which became an international hit single, and also the title track of her 2001 album No Angel, which has sold almost 20 million copies. Statham also cowrote several songs, including "Return of the King", on Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr's first solo album, Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr.

After a long hiatus, B-Movie reformed and played one-off shows in October 2004 (with the original lineup) and March 2006 (featuring Hovington and Statham) at The Metro nightclub in London, followed by additional one-off shows from the original lineup in Mansfield, Nottingham, London and Germany.

In 2012, they digitally released the track Echoes, their first new release in 22 years.

This was followed in 2013 by the Distant Skies EP and a new album, The Age of Illusion, both available digitally and on CD.

The band played a short tour in June 2013, visiting Portsmouth, Cambridge, London and Nottingham.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Forever Running (1985, Sire Records)
  • The Age of Illusion (2013, No Emb Blanc)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Take Three" 7" EP (1980, Dead Good Records)
  • Nowhere Girl 12" EP (1980, Dead Good Records)
  • "Remembrance Day" (1981, Some Bizzare/Deram)
  • "Marilyn Dreams" (1982, Some Bizzare/Sire)
  • "A Letter from Afar" (1985, Sire)
  • "Switch On - Switch Off" (1985, Sire)
  • "Polar Opposites" (1989, Wax Records)
  • "Distant Skies" EP (2013, No Emb Blanc)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Dead Good Tapes (1988, Wax Records)
  • Volume 1 - Remembrance Days (1995, Dead Good Records)
  • Volume 2 - Radio Days (1995, Dead Good Records)
  • Remembrance Days - The Dead Good Years (1997, Cherry Red)
  • BBC Radio Sessions 1981-84 (2001, Cherry Red)
  • The Platinum Collection (2006, Warner Platinum Records)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • "Man on a Threshold" and "Refugee" on East (1980, Dead Good Records)
  • "Moles" on Some Bizzare Album (1981, Some Bizarre)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 37. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned "Love Hysteria Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-06-05

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