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Boo Hewerdine

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Boo Heweredine is one of the many great undervalued songwriters.

At the end of the month he has a new album out which hopefully will address the problem and return him to the public spotlight

Here is a track from the album “God Bless The Pretty Things”, despite the familiar title the song is an original composition.

“Muddy Water” – Boo Hewerdine

Don’t know what I’m gonna do
Everything is broken in two
I miss my wife, son and daughter
I can see them now in the muddy water
Never underestimate
Those of us who dream and wait
I don’t wanna go, but I think I outta
You can get lost in the muddy water.

Who said anything about love
We’re animals after all
And everything we feel can be explained
Who said anything about time
It’s not yours and it’s not mine
Just different ways of getting through the day.

Did not do what I should
I nearly lost it good
But the CCTV camera never caught us
All that time in the muddy water

Who said anything about love…

Don’t know what am gonna do
Everything is broken in two
I miss my wife, son and daughter.
I can see them now in the muddy water.
Gonna leave you here in the muddy water
Gonna leave you here in the muddy water.

The song was originally recorded by Eddi Reader for her 2007 album “Peacetime”

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Boo Hewerdine (b. 1961, London) as Mark Hewerdine is an English singer-songwriter. His work includes lead singer and creative force behind The Bible, formed in the 1980s, and reformed in 1994, as well as solo recordings and work for film. He lives in Ely.

Hewerdine (born Mark Hewerdine) moved to Cambridge as a child, but returned to London in his late teens, and worked in a record shop. Suffering from agoraphobia, it was not a happy time of his life, and he was fired from his job after being wrongly accused of theft. Returning to Cambridge, he teamed up with a friend with similar experiences and started to write songs. They formed the short-lived Placebo Thing. He left Placebo Thing to join The Great Divide. They were heard by Mike Scott of The Waterboys, who recommended them to Ensign Records, where they cut three commercially unsuccessful singles. In 1985 Hewerdine, working once again in a record shop in Cambridge, formed The Bible, recruiting jazz drummer Tony Shepherd. They released an album of songs through the independent Norwich label Backs Records called Walking The Ghost Back Home.

The Bible became a fairly successful independent band, with a cult following spread mostly through word of mouth and live performances. Two tracks from the first album, Graceland and Mahalia were released as singles, but did not achieve very significant sales. The album however was very well received by music pundits, and this brought the band to the attention of Chrysalis Records. Signing to Chrysalis, Graceland and another track, Honey Be Good were (re)released as singles, and reached the lower end of the UK singles chart. A new album, Eureka followed, but failed commercially. In 1988, Hewerdine decided to leave the group and pursue solo projects. Calum MacColl and Neill MacColl from the group went on to form Liberty Horses.

At around this time Hewerdine met US “new country” singer Darden Smith, and this set him off in a new direction. Working together, he and Smith released a collaborative album, Evidence. Hewerdine also worked simultaneously on new solo songs, largely based on his earlier traumatic experiences in London. Eventually these were distilled down to produce the Ignorance album, released in 1992. Invited by Tori Amos to play support promoting these songs, Hewerdine managed to find a new audience and Ignorance and a single from the album, History, did relatively well commercially.

As Hewerdine’s star rose, he started to write for other artists, among them Eddi Reader, Clive Gregson and Christine Collister. The Bible reformed for a tour in 1994. Further solo album releases followed, such as 1996’s Baptist Hospital and 1999’s Thanksgiving. Meanwhile Hewerdine was asked by long-time friend Nick Hornby to contribute music to the soundtrack for the movie version of his book High Fidelity, whose subject (working in a record shop) was also very close to Hewerdine’s experiences.

 

To buy the music of Boo Hewerdine click HERE

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October 14, 2009 - Posted by | Folk, New Music, Video | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Loved the Bible’s ‘Mahaila’

    Comment by bigrab | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. Saw the bible play very early on in the duchess of york in leeds. Before the gig started we were sat having a beer talking about the songs on the walking the ghost lp when the band came on, the bloke sat next to us, who had been nursing a pint on his own with his long coat still on said excuse me and jumped on stage to start singing , it was Boo.

    Comment by david | October 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. David,

    Lucky you, great story.

    Thanks for dropping in pop in again sometime.

    HD

    Comment by thehelplessdancer | October 17, 2009 | Reply


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