Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, What’s in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more The Christians enjoyed huge acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s both in the UK and Europe and often confused people with their band name (in fact just the brothers’ surname with no religious connotation!)
As last year drew to a close, they started thinking about how they might help in the plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her unjust imprisonment. The words from Man Don’t Cry, a track from their 1991 number one album COLOUR, seemed especially relevant. Especially after seeing Richard Ratcliffe recently on his 21-day hunger strike. With the full support of Island Records, they rerecorded the track as Naz Don’t Cry, with all download proceeds going to international human rights organisation REDRESS. The song delivered the simple message that we are all still standing shoulder to shoulder with Nazanin and her family.
Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian (who very much deserves *The Daily Mirror*’s description of him as having ‘one of the finest voices in pop’) who has only gained in vocal stature (and wit) over the years. Now the band are back on the road for 2022, as fresh-sounding and important as ever.
Family Ents present The Christians and guests at Brighton’s Concorde2 on Sat 12 Feb 2022