The Lightning Seeds formed in 1989, fronted by Ian Broudie (vocals, guitar, producer). Formerly of the band Big In Japan, Ian is one of Liverpool’s most favourite musical sons.
Originally a studio-based solo project for Broudie, the Lightning Seeds expanded into a touring band following Jollification (1994). The group experienced commercial success throughout the 1990s and are well known for their single “Three Lions”, a collaboration with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner which reached No. 1 in the UK in 1996 and 1998.
In 1989, Ian Broudie began recording alone under the name “Lightning Seeds”. The name derives from a misheard lyric from Prince’s 1985 hit single “Raspberry Beret” (The rain sounds so cool / When it hits the barn roof / And the horses wonder who you are / Thunder drowns out what the lightning sees). As well as being in previous bands, by Broudie 1989 was much better known as a producer for another of Liverpool favourite sons – Echo & the Bunnymen and latterly acts such as The Coral and The Zutons.
Working as a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer, Broudie (in his guise as “The Lightning Seeds”) achieved success in the UK and USA with the psychedelic hit “Pure” from the album Cloudcuckooland.
The album Sense (1992) featured another Top 40 song “The Life of Riley, written by Broudie for his son, now a member of his band.
By the end of 1993 Broudie had finished the Jollification (1994) album, which included contributions from Terry Hall, Alison Moyet and Ian McNabb. The album became a critical success and the singles “Lucky You”, “Marvellous” and “Perfect” made noticeable impact. The album cover featured an enormous strawberry with seeds with superimposed human faces.
In 1996 The Football Association commissioned Broudie to write an England song for the upcoming Euro ‘96. Broudie agreed on the condition that comedians Frank Skinner and David Badiel participated. The resulting song, Three Lions went to No. 1.
In 1997 Lightning Seeds headlined theHillsborough Justice Concert, which was held at Anfield to raise fund for the families in their struggle for justice.
During this period the band achieved three more UK Top 20 hits, including a cover version of The Turtles You Showed Me which became one of their biggest hits and later included on the Austin Powers Soundtrack.
Album Tilt followed and in 2014 the songs and career of Ian Broudie were celebrated in a concert held at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, featuring the Royal Liverpool philharmonic orchestra and performances by Ian McCulloch (Echo And The Bunnymen), Miles Kane (The Last Shadow Puppets), Terry Hall (The Specials), James Skelly (The Coral) and Broudie himself with a band featuring musicians Sean Payne (The Zutons), Bill Ryder Jones and Nick Power (The Coral) and Broudie’s son, Riley.
Most recently, in December 2016, the Lightning Seeds supported Madness on their British pre-Christmas arena tour, playing all their greatest hits and now treat the HOPE & GLORY crowd to the same this August.