June Brides

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This mid-80s UK pop band was built around lyricist, guitarist and singer Phil Wilson. Operating in the independent sector, their sound was characterized by the unusual inclusion of a brass section; Jon Hunter (trumpet), Reg Fish (trumpet) and Frank Sweeney (viola), alongside Simon Beesley (guitar/vocals), Ade Carter (bass) and Dave Bickley (drums; replacing Brian Alexis). Their first release was ‘In The Rain’, followed by ‘Every Conversation’, on which That Petrol Emotion’s John O’Neill was brought in to help with production. Their only album, however, was disappointing in relation to singles such as ‘No Place Called Home’. Sweeney guested on a number of Creation Records artefacts (Peter Astor, Meat Whiplash), and had another claim to fame in being badly beaten up by skinheads while trying to protect a pregnant woman. Hunter also played with Marc Riley for one EP. Press darlings for a couple of months, the June Brides...

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