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Merseyside hero Ian Prowse is a singer/songwriter, plays guitar and frontman of Amsterdam, previously of indie cult band Pele. Ian has just released a brand new album HERE I LIE for which he is getting the best reviews of his career.
Raised on protest songs. Influenced by the celtic sounds that make Liverpool so unique. And inspired by the songwriting craftsmanship of Paul Weller, Mike Scott, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, it was no surprise, at the start of the 90s, when the rest of Britain was swaggering along to the baggy sound of The Stone Roses, Ian put together a band that marched to their own beat.
The result was Pele, a five piece alternative rock ‘n’ pop band band with an infusion of celtic sounds, and a live show that became stuff of legend. They released 2 studio albums, 1 live album and 6 singles that lit up the bottom end of the UK charts, but literally exploded like fireworks in other parts of the world, a Number 1 hit in South Africa for example.
The band split in 1996, three years later Ian formed Amsterdam, it was to take another 5 years until they were signed again for an independent label. During this time the band struck up a friendship with Elvis Costello. Which saw them playing as his band on the Jonathan Ross Show, supporting his live shows and eventually recording a duet of ‘Don’t throw your love away’ originally a hit by the Searchers.
Amsterdam saw success with their first single ‘The Journey’ hitting the UK top 40 but it’s their song ‘Does this train stop on Merseyside?’ that cemented Ian’s place in the hearts of DJs, songwriters and music fans alike. Radio 1 DJ John Peel was reduced to tears every time he put it on, openly crying live on air because of its connection with Liverpool, the city he loved. Irish legend Christy Moore then took the song on in 2009 making it the centrepiece of his album ‘Listen’.
After releasing a best of album ‘Does This Train Stop On Merseyside: The Very Best Of Ian Prowse’ and two more solo albums ‘Who Loves Ya Baby’ and ‘Companeros’, Ian then spent his time remastering and re releasing his first two classic Pele albums ‘Fireworks’ and ‘The Sport of Kings’ to celebrate their 25th anniversaries. Much to the joy of his many fans, he has taken these albums back on the road both with his band, and on his own all over Europe.