Steve hovington biog..part one
Steve Hovington began his career as lead
vocalist, main songwriter and lyricist with B-Movie who released three
critically acclaimed singles, 'Remembrance Day', 'Marilyn Dreams', and 'Nowhere
Girl', on Stevo's Some Bizzare label in the post punk era of the early eighties.
The band toured America three times and achieved chart success in Europe. An
album, 'Forever Running', was released on Sire in 1985.
Several retrospectives of the band's career have been released, most recently
The BBC Radio Sessions 1981-85 (2001, Cherry Red) and The Platinum Collection
(2005, Warner Brothers).
'Remembrance Day', was reworked by US indie band The Faint as 'Southern Belles
in London Sing' on their 2004 album Wet from Birth whilst 'Nowhere Girl' an
enduring tale of teen alienation, has been covered and re-mixed by many artists,
most notably by Grammy award nominated DJ Adam Freeland on the 2006 Warner
Brothers remix album Future Retro (2006, Warner Bros)
B-Movie's songs have appeared on several other compilation albums including the
soundtrack to the film 200 Cigarettes (1999), The Some Bizzare Album (1981)
which featured debut recordings from Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Blancmange and The
The, Dawn of Electronica (2000) and The Edge of the Eighties (2008).
The original line-up of B-Movie reformed in October 2004 for a show at The Metro
Club in London. Since then the band have gone on to perform shows in Spain and
Germany and in May 2012 released a new single 'Echoes', their first release for
'B-Movie make the sort of music that should be the staple diet of Top of the
Pops. It's a rich, lush pumping pop that's majestically melodic, powerfully
atmospheric and driven by a natural exuberant energy. At their best, as their
excellent single 'Remembrance Day' show, B-Movie make dynamically beautiful pop
songs.'NME Post B-Movie, Steve formed a new band called One with guitarist Seven
Webster. They released two singles, 'I'll Wait' (1989) and 'Son of the Sun'
(1989) and an album 'Upstream' (1989) on Chrysalis Records. (best moment 'Roof
of the World)
One continued after their deal with Chrysalis ended and released a single 'I
Believe' in 1990 on their own Wishing Well label. A live TV show of the band was
After One, Steve turned his attention to solo acoustic performances that
highlighted his distinctive rich baritone voice dubbed 'the quintessential
English voice,' by Melody Maker with trademark well crafted, cleverly
constructed tunes and an eclectic lyrical mix of razor sharp social observations
and personal accounts of love and loss. Songs like England My England,
Artificial Trees and The Execution Song demonstrated his witty, lyrical
Various other musical projects followed in the early nineties including Burst
with former B-Movie keyboard player Rick Holliday, a short lived pop combo
called The Deadbeats (a video was made one of their songs, Angel - whereabouts
unknown), Laughing Gas (one single 'Baroque Chick' 1994, produced by the late,
and very sadly missed Massive Attack producer Johnny Dollar) and The
Subterraneans (one demo made, best song 'Viscious Delicious')
Steve began a new career in the wine trade in the mid nineties, having become
interested in wine during trips abroad with B-Movie.
Occasional forays back into the music world included a collaboration with dance
act Amethyst. Steve provided guest vocals and lyrics on three tracks on their
album Golden Fish Fever (Jackpot, 1998). A single Electric Jesus was also
He also was commissioned by the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool to write a piece
of music as a soundtrack to a photographic exhibition by acclaimed French avant
garde photographer Dolores Marat called Oblique. (2003). The piece received a
favourable review in The Daily Telegraph.
In 2004, B-Movie reformed and played a sell out show at the Metro Club in
In 2006, Steve began to write his first book, The Grape Escape : One Man's
Journey from Vinyl to vine. As well as telling the story of his attempt to make
his own wine from scratch in the South of France, the book also features
flashbacks to his career as a musician and attempts to come to terms with life
after living the rock and roll dream. It was Book of the Month in November 2011
on Tom Canavan's influential wine-pages.com. 'A really enjoyable, feelgood read
that I can thoroughly recommend.'
Steve has recently contributed to The First Time I heard ebook complied by
celebrated US author Scott Heim (Mysterious Skin). His piece on Ian Curtis of
Joy Division will feature in the first book of the series about Joy Division and
Steve has written a light hearted football blog called Will the Pleasure Never
End? about supporting his team Mansfield Town. (Available to read on this
In 2012, Steve is currently writing songs with old mate and B-Movie founder Paul
Statham with view to forming the basis of a new B-Movie album. A new single,
'Echoes' is available to download from iTunes in May 2012.
Steve has also written a set of songs with bass player Emmanuel Defay. They
begin recording these songs in France this summer under the name The Fountain of
Youth. The album is scheduled for release in January 2013.
more to follow...