Ian Broudie


Friday 9th August 2019

Name, where are you from?
Ian Broudie and I’m from Liverpool.

Describe your style in three words?
Melodic, Scouse, Contemporary.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The best gig I’ve ever been to was definitely David Bowie at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool in 1973. It was a life-changing moment for me, as it made me realise I wanted to be in a band.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
That’s a tricky one! There are so many bands I’d love to play with on a line up, but it has to be The Beatles and Bob Marley. I’m always in awe of them and I can’t think of anyone better than they are. They’re timeless and whenever I put on a Beatles or Bob Marley record, it’s at once magnificent and aspirational.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
‘70s New York Punk because it felt like the turning of a page to a chapter of music I could be part of, the Mods because they inspired me to get my hair cut, and Glam because it made me want to turn my guitar up loud!

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Frank Sinatra because he just seemed to have the best time out of anyone.

Of all the venues you’ve been to, which is your favourite?
Growing up I was lucky enough to go to a club in Mathew Street, Liverpool called Eric’s and the owner Roger Eagle had a great belief in me and let me borrow records from his amazing record collection. He also gave me free entry to all the gigs and some of the bands that I saw there were the Ramones, Talking Heads, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Iggy Pop, The Specials, the Buzzcocks and many more. What an education that was!

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Ringo Starr, because he played on the best feeling records in history. He was a quarter of the best band ever, but for some reason he doesn’t ever get enough credit for it.

To celebrate its twenty-five year anniversary, Lightning Seeds are reissuing their seminal album 'Jollification'. The record will be remastered from the original analogue master tapes and will be released on heavyweight black vinyl and a limited edition strawberry red (and strawberry scented!) coloured vinyl. The release will be supported by two gigs taking place at the London Palladium on November 7th and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on November 27th. Find out more here.

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