Jimi Goodwin

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Jimi Goodwin
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Jimi Goodwin at the Manchester Ritz.
Background information
Birth name Jamie Francis Alexander Goodwin
Born (1970-05-28) 28 May 1970 (age 44)
Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Genres Indie rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, guitar, drums, percussion, bouzouki, harmonica, dulcimer
Years active 1985 - present
Labels Heavenly Records
Associated acts The Doves, Sub Sub
Website Doves' official website
Notable instruments
Bass guitar, percussion

Jimi Goodwin (born Jamie Francis Alexander Goodwin, 28 May 1970, Manchester, Lancashire) is the bassist, vocalist and guitarist for the Doves.[1] Before their incarnation as the Doves, the three members were a dance-club music trio called Sub Sub.

Goodwin is best known as the lead singer, bassist, and guitarist for the Doves, but in songs like "Here It Comes", he is known for swapping positions with drummer Andy Williams and taking over as drummer. During live performances of "There Goes the Fear", he is known for adding an extra drum solo to the end of the song. Goodwin is left-handed, but whilst playing live uses a right-handed bass strung in the normal tuning and flipped upside down.

Jimi is a keen supporter of Manchester City, and performed live at Maine Road following the last ever league game played there.

Family[edit]

In 1985, Jimi was playing lead guitar in a band called the Risk, which included his cousin Pat Goodwin on drums.[2] Jimi's mother died while Doves were recording their third album Some Cities.[3] Doves' fourth studio album Kingdom of Rust is dedicated to Goodwin's father, Francis James Goodwin, who died aged 65 on 23 December 2008.

In the booklet for the Clash's 2007 compilation album The Singles, the page discussing the track "I Fought the Law" features commentary from Jimi. He cites his father for introducing him to punk rock and the Clash:

Collaborations[edit]

Goodwin joined Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr's band Electronic to play bass on their 1999 third album, Twisted Tenderness. He had previously appeared in the video for the bands single "For You" from their 1996 album Raise the Pressure although Marr is credited with playing bass on this album.

Goodwin contributed guitar work to the song "Heaven" on Lamb's 2001 album, What Sound. This song was later used by HBO during the second season of American television drama series Six Feet Under, and also appears on the Six Feet Under soundtrack.

While acting as a guest host on a BBC Radio One show in 2005, Goodwin featured his friend and up-and-coming musician Simon Aldred (Cherry Ghost), who performed a live acoustic set. Then, in 2007, Goodwin played bass and drums on Cherry Ghost's debut single "Mathematics" and their song "People Help the People". Goodwin contributed vocals to the song "Kingdoms of Rain" on the Soulsavers and Mark Lanegan album It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land in 2007. Doves and Soulsavers have worked together previously in various forms, as Soulsavers remixed the Doves' song "Satellites", which appeared on the "Pounding" single in 2002.

In an interview with the Daily Record, Goodwin stated that the Doves will take a break from recording.[5][6] In the time following the band's 2010 touring to support The Places Between: The Best of Doves, Goodwin revealed that he's hoping to collaborate with friend and Elbow lead singer Guy Garvey after talking about recording songs together for years. "There are a couple of tracks that we have passed back and forwards to each other but it's having the time. We keep trying to get our diaries together, who knows if it will ever get released. I'm just waiting to see what might happen."[6] Goodwin and Garvey have collaborated in the past, with each musician's respective band. Goodwin contributed backing vocals to "Grace Under Pressure" on Elbow's 2003 album Cast of Thousands, while Garvey sang backing vocals on "Snowden" and "Almost Forgot Myself" on Doves' 2005 album Some Cities.

Solo projects[edit]

On the second episode in season ten of RTÉ's Other Voices programme, Goodwin played two new songs, "Panic Tree"[7] and "Didsbury Girl"[8] featuring Cherry Ghost.[9]

Goodwin released his first solo studio album titled Odludek on 24 March 2014,[10] and will be touring in support of the album as a supporting act of friends Elbow.[11]

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