B-Movie are a new wave band from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, active in the first half of the 1980s.
The band's original line-up included vocalist/bassist Steve Hovington, guitarist Paul Statham, keyboardist Rick Holliday and drummer Graham Boffey.
B-Movie's initial 1980 EP releases, the Take Three 7" and Nowhere Girl 12", were issued on the small UK indie label Dead Good Records. They were eventually signed to the Some Bizzare label, and their song "Moles" was featured on the original 1981 Some Bizzare Album.
In 1981, B-Movie signed with Phonogram imprint Deram, and had their biggest UK commercial success with the single "Remembrance Day", which reached No. 61 on the UK Singles Chart. The follow-up single, "Marilyn Dreams", failed to chart.
In 1982, they re-released "Nowhere Girl" as a single, which reached No. 67 in the UK, but there was no immediate follow-up or full-length album.
A revolving door of members started at this point. Drummer Boffey left and was replaced by Andy Johnson, while Martin Winter (aka Smedley) joined on bass. Next, Holliday left in 1983 to form Six Sed Red with Soft Cell associate Cindy Ecstasy (their biggest success came when Six Sed Red's song "Dream Baby" was covered by Bananarama on that band's 1984 eponymous LP). Statham switched from guitar to keyboards and was briefly replaced by Stuart McLean (Charming Snakes) for a tour of Israel. B-Movie then resurfaced in early 1984 (with Al Cash on drums) with the single "A Letter from Afar", produced by John "Jellybean" Benitez but it only reached No. 81 on the UK Singles Chart. Cash then left, leaving B-Movie as a three piece of Hovington, Statham and Winter augmented by session players.
Towards the end of 1985, they finally released an album on Sire Records called Forever Running, containing re-recorded versions of their two hits, but both it and the single "Switch On - Switch Off" were flops despite a tour to promote them. The band broke up soon after.
Frontman Hovington formed a band called One in the late 1980s with Seven Webster and drummer Bob Thompson, releasing an album and two singles on Chrysalis. He later formed another band called Laughing Gas, releasing one 7" single.
After his departure, Boffey joined Slaughterhouse 5, releasing two singles, "Pathetic Girlfriend" and "Things She Did", and an album, Wide Open on IRS. After this venture, Boffey and Davy Lawrence formed Enormous.
Guitarist Statham collaborated with ex-Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy, successfully participating as part of Murphy's solo backing band, The Hundred Men. He co-wrote and performed on Murphy's solo albums Love Hysteria (1988) and Deep (1990). He co-wrote Dido's first single "Here with Me", which became an international hit single, and also the title track of her 2001 album No Angel, which has sold almost 20 million copies. Statham also cowrote several songs, including "Return of the King", on Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr's first solo album, Lostboy! AKA Jim Kerr.
After a long hiatus, B-Movie reformed and played one-off shows in October 2004 (with the original lineup) and March 2006 (featuring Hovington and Statham) at The Metro nightclub in London, followed by additional one-off shows from the original lineup in Mansfield, Nottingham, London and Germany.
In 2012, they digitally released the track Echoes, their first new release in 22 years.
This was followed in 2013 by the Distant Skies EP and a new album, The Age of Illusion, both available digitally and on CD.
The band played a short tour in June 2013, visiting Portsmouth, Cambridge, London and Nottingham.
Their most recent album, Climate of Fear, was released on 18 March 2016. It included new material as well as a rerecorded version of "Nowhere Girl".
B-Movie war eine britische Band aus Mansfield, die in den Jahren 1979 bis 1985 bestand. Die Wurzeln der Band lagen im Post-Punk und New Wave, später entwickelte sich ihr Stil weiter in Richtung Synthpop. Ihre Mitglieder waren Steve Hovington (Gesang), Paul Statham (Gitarre), Graham Boffey (Schlagzeug) und Rick Holliday (Keyboard). Zu ihren bedeutenderen Singles zählten Remembrance Day und Nowhere Girl. Vor allem der Song Nowhere Girl entwickelte sich in den 1980er und -90er Jahren zu einem Klassiker in deutschen Discotheken. Die Band trat noch einmal im März 2006 im Club The Metro in London auf. Am 18. September 2010 hatte die Band in Plauen ihren ersten Auftritt in Deutschland. Seit 2012 ist die Band wieder mit neuem Songmaterial auf Tour.