The Godfathers performing in Hamburg
|Genres||Alternative rock, new wave|
|Years active||1985–2000; 2008–present|
|Past members||Kris Dollimore
The Godfathers were formed by Peter and Chris Coyne after the demise of The Sid Presley Experience in 1985. Fellow Sid Presley member, and current Godfather, Del Bartle went on to form The Unholy Trinity with drummer Kevin Murphy.
After independent single releases produced by Vic Maile, and collected on their debut album, Hit By Hit, 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  "Birth, School, Work, Death" made the U.S. Billboard Top 40 in 1988 after college radio and MTV airplay but the band were less commercially successful in the UK.
Albums More Songs About Love And Hate  and Unreal World  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.
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. 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
- Hit by Hit - 1986
- Birth, School, Work, Death - 1988
- More Songs About Love and Hate - 1989
- Unreal World - 1991
- Dope, Rock 'n' Roll, and Fucking in the Streets (Live) - 1992
- The Godfathers (aka The Orange Album) - 1993
- Afterlife - 1995
- Jukebox Fury - 2013
Compilations & reissues
- 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
|U.S. Modern Rock||U.S. Mainstream Rock|
|1985||"Capo Di Tutti Capi EP"||Hit by Hit|
|1986||"This Damn Nation"|
|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|
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 229. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.