Ian Broudie talks comebacks, Paul McCartney and ‘Three Lions’
When we caught up with man behind The Lightning Seeds ahead of his gig at The Irish Village, he was in good spirits. Following a hiatus from recording and performing, the 55-year old appeared at a few small UK festivals with Blondie over the summer, and his creative fires are once again burning.
The Liverpudlian is most famous for his the 1996 UK football anthem ‘Three Lions’, which he recorded with comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel. He knew the song was strong as he had a ‘good feeling in the studio’, but when he first heard it sung by thousands of football supporters on the terraces of Wembley stadium, he admits that he ‘wasn’t expecting that’.
A producer as well as a performer, Broudie’s Lightning Seeds formula was ahead of its time. The Lightning Seeds was his solo project where he played guitar, sang and produced. He then collaborated with other session musicians when the majority of his contemporaries were working in a more conventional band capacity. He points out that ‘it’s the way most stars work now.’ The Lightning Seeds only became a band when the success of his 1994 album Jolification necessitated a promotional tour.
Being a jobbing musician from the home of The Beatles, Broudie’s Liverpool has a rich musical heritage. Broudie himself has toured with Ringo Starr’s son, drummer Zak Starkey. About Zak’s famous father, he is understandably blunt: ‘Of course he’s cool, he’s a Beatle.’ He then goes on to reveal that he has played pool with Paul McCartney in a studio when he was young, but insists that the glamour of celebrity quickly wears off. ‘It’s your job,’ he scoffs. ‘You work around these people.’
About his Irish Village appearance, Broudie is promising an acoustic set of Lightning Seeds hits including ‘Lucky You’ and ‘Marvellous.’ In his own words, he ‘just thinks that’s what people want at the moment’, and says that new material is off the setlist.
Having played in front of thousands at Glastonbury, explored dance music and produced albums for Echo & the Bunnymen and The Icicle Works, Broudie’s cryptic about what he’s planning next but auspiciously promises ‘I’ve got some ideas’.