Lightning Seeds In Concert – Recorded October 27, 1997 – Oxford – BBC Radio 1
Lightning Seeds to start the week. In concert from Oxford on October 27, 1997 and broadcast by BBC Radio 1 for their In Concert series.
Prior to the forming his own project, Ian Broudie had been a member of the 1970s post-punk band Big in Japan and the new wave bands Original Mirrors and Care. By the late 1980s, Broudie was better known as a producer than as a musician, and had produced albums for new wave and alternative rock artists such as Echo & the Bunnymen, Wall of Voodoo and the Fall,
In 1989, Broudie began recording alone under the name “Lightning Seeds”. The name derives from a misheard lyric from Prince’s 1985 hit single “Raspberry Beret”, in which Prince sings the line “thunder drowns out what the lightning sees”. Broudie performed all vocals and instruments on the band’s first album, 1989’s Cloudcuckooland, which he also produced. They achieved success with their debut single, the psychedelic hit “Pure”, which reached the top 20 in the UK, and the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Both “Pure” and followup single “All I Want” also reached the Modern Rock Tracks top 10.
Broudie resumed his production career after the success of the first Lightning Seeds album, but returned to songwriting in 1991 and moved labels from Rough Trade to Virgin. He then resumed his Lightning Seeds recording career, drafting Simon Rogers as his studio partner in production, arrangements, and instrumentation. Rogers, who had also helped with programming on the first Lightning Seeds album, would continue as Broudie’s in-studio partner throughout the rest of the Lightning Seeds’ career.
The album Sense (1992) featured the song “The Life of Riley”, written by Broudie for his son, which reached No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart. An instrumental version of the song later became better known as the BBC TV theme for the Goal of the Month competition. The album Sense would mark Broudie’s first Lightning Seeds songwriting collaborations with former Specials singer Terry Hall.
1997 gave the Lightning Seeds international exposure with the song “You Showed Me” included on the Austin Powers Soundtrack. The release of Like You Do… and a UK promotional tour followed. In 1998, Broudie reworked and recorded an updated version of their hit football anthem for the FIFA World Cup in France. “Three Lions ’98”, reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart and became the first song to top the charts on two occasions with different sets of lyrics. In 1998, The Lightning Seeds also performed on the Main Stage at both the Glastonbury Festival and the V Festival in the UK.
And to remind you – here they are in concert from October 1997. Crank it up.
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