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 (vocals)
Steve Crittall (guitar)
Mauro Venegas (guitar)
Tim James (drums)
Darren Birch (bass)
Past members Chris Coyne
Kris Dollimore
Mike Gibson
George Mazur
Chris Burrows
Ali Byworth
Paul-Ronney Angel
Ronnie Rocka
Del Bartle
Grant Nicholas
Dave Twigg

The Godfathers are an English 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 later 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,[4] 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 [5] "Birth, School, Work, Death" made the U.S. Billboard Top 40 in 1988[6] after college radio and MTV airplay but the band were less commercially successful in the UK.

Albums More Songs About Love and Hate [7] and Unreal World [8] 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.[9]

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,[10] released in 2013. Promotion for the album included a month-long UK tour supporting The Stranglers. 2014 saw a fresh line-up change, with two new guitarists, Mauro Venegas and Steve Crittall, replacing Del Bartle, and Tim James replacing Grant Nicholas on drums. A new AA-sided single, "Till My Heart Stops Beating" / "Rewind Time" was released in June 2015, and the band undertook several European and UK tours, also celebrating their 30th anniversary with a headline show at the 100 Club where they played 30 songs - one for each year - over the course of two sets.

In 2016 Chris Coyne left the band and was replaced by Darren Birch, formerly of Gunfire Dance, and touring bassist for both Walter Lure and Brian James. The new line-up recorded a new album, "A Big Bad Beautiful Noise" in Birmingham that summer, which was released in February 2017, preceded by a single, "You Don't Love Me". Reviews hailed the album as the band's best in many years, with Vive Le Rock claiming it was "up there with the Godfathers' '80s classics".



Compilations and 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
  • Birth, School, Work, Death [expanded version]- 2011
  • More Songs About Love & Hate [expanded version] - 2011
  • 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
2015 "Till My Heart Stops Beating" / "Rewind Time"
2017 "You Don't Love Me" A Big Bad Beautiful Noise


  1. ^ "Godfathers". Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  2. ^ Appelstein, Mike (2011-02-22). "Interview: Godfathers Vocalist Peter Coyne on Acting, Journalism and New Songs | Riverfront Times". Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Godfathers : Interview Part 1". Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  4. ^ a b "the dumbing of americaHistory Lesson: The Godfathers". the dumbing of america. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  5. ^ Michael Sutton. "Birth, School, Work, Death - The Godfathers | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  6. ^ William Ruhlmann. "The Godfathers | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  7. ^ Mark Deming (1989-05-02). "More Songs About Love & Hate - The Godfathers | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  8. ^ Tom Demalon. "Unreal World - The Godfathers | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  9. ^ "Peter Coyne, Chris Coyne & Del Bartle - The Godfathers - Uber Rock Interview Exclusive". 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  10. ^ "Godfathers : Interview Part 2". Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  11. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 229. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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