Liverpool's Ian Broudie, known primarily as the producer for Echo & The Bunnymen and Icicle Works, began recording in '89 under the name Lightning Seeds. Debut album "Cloudcuckooland" contained Modern Rock hits "Pure" and "All I Want."
"Sense," released two years later, in '92, contained "The Life Of Riley," a song Broudie had written for his son. Though the song went Top 30 in the U.K. it barely nicked the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Praised by critics, the Lightning Seeds third set, "Jollification had the singles "Change (#13 in the U.K.), "Lucky You," "Marvellous" and "Perfect."
A '94 tour to support the release of "Jollification" required the formation of a band. The lineup consisted of guitarist Paul Hemmings, keyboardist Ali Kane, bassist Martyn Campbell and drummer Chris Sharrock.
The fourth studio effort, "Dizzy Heights" continued the Lightning Seeds string of U.K Top 20 hits with "Ready Or Not." To this point, they'd had a successful, if not spectacular, career. That was about to change.
The Lightning Seeds were commissioned to write the theme music for the Euro '96 football (soccer) tournament. With lyrics written by comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel, who had their own TV show titled Fantasy Football League, "Three Lions" became the Lightning Seeds first #1 song in the U.K. It also became a popular football chant in the U.K. and on the continent. The Lightning Seeds followed that success with one of their biggest songs, a cover of The Turtles '69 hit "You Showed Me" (which was written by Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark of The Byrds). The Lightning Seeds version also appeared on the Austin Powers soundtrack.
As often happens, success leads to change. Sharrock left to join World Party. Also, Angie Pollock replaced Kane. A bit later, during the Lightning Seeds tour, drummer Mat Priest was replaced by Ringo Starr's son, Zak Starkey.
"Three Lions '98," an updated version for the FIFA World Cup in France also went to #1 in the U.K. It was the first song to top the chart on two separate occasions with different lyrics.
"Tilt," issued in '99, failed to have much impact and the group was largely inactive until '09's "Four Winds."
1996 Dizzy Heights
2009 Four Winds