The Bible (band)

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The Bible
Origin UK
Genres New wave, indie, rock, pop
Years active 1985–1989, 1993–1994, 2011–present
Labels Backs
Haven Records
Red Grape Records
Cherry Red Records
Associated acts The Great Divide
Members Boo Hewerdine
Tony Shepherd
Neill MacColl
Leroy Lendor
Past members Kevin Flanagan
Clive Lawson
David Larcombe
Constance Redgrave
Greg Harewood
Callum MacColl

The Bible are an English rock band. The band released two critically acclaimed albums in the mid-1980s and are best known for the independent chart hits "Graceland" and "Mahalia". Lead singer Boo Hewerdine has also maintained a solo career since the band's first split in 1990.


In 1985, Hewerdine and his bandmate Kevin Flanagan, from earlier ensemble The Great Divide, formed The Bible, recruiting jazz drummer Tony Shepherd (who had previously drummed for Freddie Starr)[1] and bassist Clive Lawson.[2] The band released the mini-LP Walking the Ghost Back Home in 1986 on the independent record label Backs Records, giving them a top-ten hit on the UK Independent Chart, staying in the chart for ten weeks.[1] This was followed by the first release of "Graceland" as a single, which gave them a minor hit in the UK, after which Lawson was replaced by Leroy Lendor.[2]

After follow-up single "Mahalia", which reached number 15 on the UK Independent Chart,[1] Flanagan left, to be replaced by Dave Larcombe, with guitarist Neil MacColl (brother of Kirsty MacColl and formerly a member of The Roaring Boys) also joining.[2][3] The album was well received by music pundits, and this brought the band to the attention of Chrysalis Records. Signing to Chrysalis, "Graceland" was re-released as a single in February 1987, but only charted slightly higher than the original release.[2] Greg Harewood joined on bass guitar, replacing temporary member Constance Redgrave.

In January 1988, the band's second album, Eureka, was released. It peaked at number 71 on the UK Albums Chart.[2] Two singles taken from the album failed to chart, but a re-recorded "Graceland" gave them their highest charting single, reaching number 51 in the UK in April 1989.[2] "Honey Be Good" gave them a second hit later that year, reaching number 54.[2] In 1989, Hewerdine decided to leave the group and pursue solo projects. The remainder of the group renamed themselves Liberty Horses.

In 1993, The Bible reformed for a tour and released the Dreamlife EP in 1994.[3] Tracks for a new album were recorded but the band split up again before it could be released. The album was eventually released posthumously in 2000, under the name of Dodo.

In late 2011, The Bible announced that they had reformed again (with a lineup including Boo Hewerdine, Tony Shepherd and Neill MacColl and Leroy Lendor) and performed two concerts (at the ABC 1/2 in Glasgow on 29 September and The Grand in Clapham, London on 30 September) to promote the new Red Grape Records reissue of Walking the Ghost Back Home. The band are also apparently writing new material together.

In 2013, Eureka was reissued for its 25th anniversary by Cherry Red records as a double disc which collects together B-sides and different mixes. The band (same line-up as above) played two dates in promotion at the Islington Assembly Hall (1 March) and The Met in Bury (15 March) and play new material 'Money Spider' and 'Static'. A live album recorded at the Bury gig is due later in the year.



  • Walking the Ghost Back Home (1986), Backs - UK Indie No. 10
  • Eureka (1988), Chrysalis - UK No. 71[4]


  • "Graceland" (1986), Backs - UK No. 87[4]
  • "Mahalia" (1986), Backs - UK Indie No. 15
  • "Graceland" (1987), Chrysalis - UK No. 86[4]
  • "Crystal Palace" (1988), Chrysalis - UK No. 82[4]
  • "Honey Be Good" (1988), Chrysalis
  • "Skywriting" (1988), Chrysalis
  • "Graceland" (new version) (1989), Chrysalis - UK No. 51
  • "Honey Be Good" (1989), Chrysalis - UK No. 54
  • Dreamlife EP (1994)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Bible (1989), Chrysalis - UK No. 67[4]
  • Random Acts of Kindness (1995), Haven
  • Dodo (2000), Haven Records


  1. ^ a b c Lazell, Barry (1998) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p. 20
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 223
  3. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason "The Bible Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-11-30
  4. ^ a b c d e "Bible", Chart Stats, retrieved 2010-11-30

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