The Godfathers

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The Godfathers
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The Godfathers performing in Hamburg
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative rock, new wave
Years active 1985–2000; 2008–present
Labels Corporate Image
Intercord Records
Members Peter Coyne
Chris Coyne
Del Bartle
Dave Twigg
Past members Kris Dollimore
Mike Gibson
George Mazur
Chris Burrows
Grant Nicholas

The Godfathers are an alternative rock/new wave band from London, England, with strong influences from R&B and punk.[1]


The Godfathers were formed by Peter and Chris Coyne after the demise of The Sid Presley Experience in 1985.[2] Fellow Sid Presley member, and current Godfather, Del Bartle went on to form The Unholy Trinity with drummer Kevin Murphy.[3]

After independent single releases produced by Vic Maile,[4] and collected on their debut album, Hit By Hit,[5] they signed to Epic Records in 1987. Extensive tours of the UK, Europe and the United States followed. Single and title track of their first album [6] "Birth, School, Work, Death" made the U.S. Billboard Top 40 in 1988[7] after college radio and MTV airplay but the band were less commercially successful in the UK.

Albums More Songs About Love And Hate [8] and Unreal World [9] followed, before the band left Epic and released two albums on German label Intercord in the 90s. The band ceased activity in 2000. In 2003 Peter Coyne and Kris Dollimore played briefly in a band called The Germans with Rat Scabies, formerly of The Damned.[10]

In 2008, the band reformed with its original line-up. In March 2009, the band announced a change with Del Bartle returning to replace Kris Dollimore. Grant Nicholas later replaced George Mazur on drums, and Mike Gibson also left the band. In 2010 a live album 'Shot Live At The 100 Club' was released as a DVD/CD set on Secret Records.

2011 saw the band release two download-only singles 'Back Into The Future' and 'The Outsider'. 'Primitive Man' followed the next year and all were included on their comeback album Jukebox Fury.[11] The band has continued touring extensively; after a relatively quiet 2012, drummer Dave Twigg replaced Grant Nicholas in time for the band to promote their new record in 2013, including a month long UK tour supporting The Stranglers.


  • Peter Coyne - vocals
  • Chris Coyne - bass, vocals
  • Del Bartle - guitar, vocals
  • Dave Twigg - drums



Compilations & reissues[edit]

  • Birth, School, Work, Death: The Best of the Godfathers - 1996
  • Birth, School, Work, Death: Hits, Rarities & Gems - 2007
  • Hit By Hit - [2CD reissue] - 2008
  • The Godfathers (aka The Orange Album) [2CD reissue] - 2013


Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. Modern Rock U.S. Mainstream Rock
1985 "Capo Di Tutti Capi EP" Hit by Hit
1986 "This Damn Nation"
"Sun Arise"
1987 "Love Is Dead"
1988 "Birth, School, Work, Death" 38 Birth, School, Work, Death
"Cause I Said So"
"Love Is Dead"
1989 "She Gives Me Love" 8 More Songs About Love and Hate
1990 "I'm Lost and Then I'm Found "
1991 "Unreal World" 6 Unreal World
1993 "Strange About Today" The Godfathers
1995 "That Special Feeling" Afterlife
2011 "Back Into The Future" download single
2011 "The Outsider" download single
2012 "Primitive Man" download single


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