The Bluebells

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

Career[edit]

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]

  • Bobby Bluebell (born Robert Hodgens, 6 June 1959, Scotland) – guitar
  • David McCluskey (born 13 January 1964, Scotland) – drums
  • Ken McCluskey (born Kenneth McCluskey, 8 February 1962, Scotland) – vocals / harmonica
  • Lawrence Donegan (born 13 July 1961, Stirling, Scotland) – bass
  • Craig Gannon (born 30 July 1966, Manchester, England) – guitar
  • Neil Baldwin – bass
  • Russell Irvine – guitar

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[2]
SWE
[3]
The Bluebells EP
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Sire
Sisters
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: London
22 29
Second
  • Released: 1992 (Japan only)
  • Label: Vinyl Japan
The Singles Collection 27

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[4]
GER
[5]
IRE
[6]
NED
[7]
1982 "Forever More" Non-album single
1983 "Cath" 62 The Bluebells EP
"Sugar Bridge (It Will Stand)" 72
1984 "I'm Falling" 11 26 Sisters
"Young at Heart" 8 13
"Cath" (re-issue) 38
1985 "All I Am (Is Loving You)" 58 Non-album single
1993 "Young at Heart" (re-issue) 1 55 1 15 The Singles Collection

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 66. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "UK Albums". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Swedish Albums". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  4. ^ "UK Singles". The Official Charts Company UK. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  5. ^ "German Singles". offiziellecharts. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Irish Singles". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  7. ^ "Dutch Singles". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  8. ^ "British Certifications". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 

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