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Ian Broudie

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2003-09-07

Ian Broudie

Ian Broudie

Best known as the frontman of British popsters The Lightning Seeds, Liverpudlian Jew Ian Broudie notched up a string of hits in the late 80s and early 90s, including Pure, The Life Of Riley, Sugar Coated Iceberg and Change.

The albums Sense, Jollification and Dizzy Heights also enjoyed chart success.

His most memorable – and successful – hour came with Three Lions, the England Euro ’96 anthem that also featured fellow Jew David Baddiel, and comedian Frank Skinner, on guest vocals. The track topped the charts in 1996 and again in 1998 as England headed for the World Cup in France.

Broudie’s most recent Lightning Seeds album, Tilt, was released in 2000, and since then he’s been hard at work as a producer, most notably on the first two albums from eclectic Liverpool band The Coral (their debut self-titled album was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize).

A new album of vintage Lightning Seeds material, The Life Of Riley: The Lightning Seeds collection, has just been released. Broudie, now 44, remains philosophical about what he does. “Pop music can mean throwaway, but to me it means being in synch with everything that’s going on”.

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