The Brilliant Corners

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The Brilliant Corners were a British indie pop band from Bristol who recorded throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s.[1]


The group was formed in 1983, taking the name from the Thelonious Monk jazz album, Brilliant Corners.[2] The line-up included David Woodward (b. Avonmouth, Bristol, England; vocals, guitar), Chris Galvin (1959 – 22 December 1998; bass guitar), Winston Forbes (lead guitar, percussion, backing vocals), Bob Morris (drums) and Dan (occasional trumpet and keyboards).[1] A later addition was Phil Elvins on guitar.

The band's first releases were early examples of indie pop, with three singles being released in 1984 on their own SS20 label. Their first (mini-)album, Growing Up Absurd, appeared the following year. With an explosion of indie pop groups in 1986, their May release Fruit Machine EP gained them both attention and radio airplay, followed by a second mini-album, What's In A Word. "Brian Rix", a re-recorded version of a track from the LP, with added trumpet, and a tribute to Rix, the "king of farce", was issued as a single, the proceeds going to Mencap, the charity of which Rix was chairman. The video, featuring Woodward running Rix-like around a couch with his trousers around his ankles, was shown on The Tube, further raising the band's profile.[2]

In March 1988, the band set up another label, McQueen, and released third album, Somebody Up There Likes Me,[1] followed by a collection of their sought-after early singles, Everything I Ever Wanted. Two more albums followed in 1989 (Joy Ride) and 1990 (Hooked), followed by a second compilation, Creamy Stuff, in 1991. They released A History Of White Trash in 1993 before splitting up.

Woodward and Galvin formed the Experimental Pop Band[3] in 1995. Galvin died from cancer in 1998.[1]

Winston Forbes died in 2019.


Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.[4]


  • "She's Got Fever" (1984, SS20) (No. 1)
  • "Big Hip" (1984, SS20) (No. 16)
  • "My Baby's In Black" (1984, SS20) (No. 14)
  • "Brian Rix" (1987, SS20) (No. 11)
  • "Delilah Sands" (1987, SS20) (No. 9)
  • "Teenage" (1988, McQueen) (No. 9)
  • "Why Do You Have To Go Out With Him When You Could Go Out With Me?" (1988, McQueen) (No. 10)
  • "I Love It, I Lost It" (1990, McQueen)
  • "The Pope, The Monkey and The Queen" (1990, McQueen)

EPs and mini-albums[edit]

  • Growing Up Absurd mini-album (1985, SS20) (No. 26)
  • The Fruit Machine EP (1986, SS20)


  • What's In A Word (1986, SS20) (No. 8)
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me (1988, McQueen) (No. 6)
  • Joy Ride (1989, McQueen) (No. 6)
  • Hooked (1990, McQueen)
  • A History Of White Trash (1993, C.M.P.)


  • Everything I Ever Wanted (1988, McQueen) (compilation) (No. 17)
  • Heart on Your Sleeve: A Decade in Pop 1983–1993 (2013, Cherry Red)
  • Creamy Stuff (1991, McQueen)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (2003). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 86. ISBN 1-85227-969-9.
  2. ^ a b Strong, Martin C.: The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, 1999, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1
  3. ^ "Experimental Pop Band - Interview". Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  4. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.

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