The Bluebells

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The Bluebells are a Scottish indie rock band, active between 1981 and 1986 (later briefly reforming in 1993, 2008-2009 and 2011).


The Bluebells performed jangly guitar based pop not dissimilar to their Scottish contemporaries Aztec Camera and Orange Juice.[citation needed] They had three Top 40 hit singles in the UK, all written by guitarist and founder member Bobby Bluebell (real name Robert Hodgens) - "I'm Falling", "Cath", and their biggest success "Young at Heart". The latter was co-written with Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama (originally recorded on the Bananarama album Deep Sea Skiving) and violinist Bobby Valentino, and made it to number 8 in the UK Singles Chart on its original release in 1984. The band also released one EP, The Bluebells, and one full-length album, Sisters.

The band split up in the mid 1980s, but enjoyed an unexpected revival in 1993 when "Young At Heart" was used in a Volkswagen television advertisement. Re-issued as a single, it was number one for four weeks and led to the band reforming temporarily to perform the song on BBC Television's Top of the Pops. A compilation album followed, The Singles Collection, which peaked at No. 27 in the UK Albums Chart in April 1993.[1]

The band reformed in late 2008, with original members the McCluskey brothers and Bobby Bluebell, to support Edwyn Collins at a show in Glasgow on 23 January 2009. On 29 May 2011, the band performed as part of the Southside Festival.

Post Bluebells[edit]

After the group's demise, band member Lawrence Donegan played with The Commotions and then trained as a journalist and is now a golf correspondent for The Guardian, having previously worked at The Scotsman. The other members of the band stayed in the music business after the split - David McCluskey and his brother, Ken, formed a folk duo. Ken also works as a lecturer at Stow College in Glasgow teaching music business, and David uses music therapeutically with a wide variety of people. Robert Hodgens returned to DJ duties and more recently formed a new group called The Poems that signed to the American label Minty Fresh.

Band members[edit]



  • "Forevermore" / "Aim In Life" - 1982
  • "Cath" / "Will She Always Be Waiting" - 1983 - UK No. 62
  • "Sugar Bridge (It Will Stand)" - 1983 - UK No. 72
  • "I'm Falling" - 1984 - UK No. 11
  • "Young at Heart" - 1984 - UK No. 8
  • "Cath" (re-issue) - 1984 - UK No. 38
  • "All I Am (Is Loving You)" - 1985 - UK No. 58
  • "Young at Heart" (re-issue) - 1993 - UK No. 1[1]



  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 66. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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