Kevin Godley – musician and music video director

Photography by Hannah Flynn and Nathan Ianos

Words by Harry Potts

Kevin Godley was born in Prestwich, Manchester in 1945. He is known as the drummer and sometimes vocalist of the art rock band 10cc, his musical collaboration with fellow band member Lol Creme and his role as a music video director. 

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‘Art rock’ musician, Kevin Godley

10cc were formed in 1972. Three of the founding members were childhood friends in the Manchester area. As boys, Godley and Creme knew each other; Gouldman and Godley attended the same secondary school. In 1973 the band released their first single ‘Donna’ a Godley/Creme composition.

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10cc (Kevin Godley – front)

10cc with Godley recorded four albums and enjoyed a string of hit singles, including two U.K No.1s, ‘Rubber Bullets’ and ‘I’m not in love’. Most of the band’s music was recorded at 04aacc87ad80300a800b0199721c66cb80302458their own Strawberry Studios in Stockport.

After leaving 10cc in 1976 the two became known as Godley & Creme, both as musicians and film directors. They were jointly nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form for: The Police: Synchronicity Concert in 1986.

 

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Kevin Godley is regarded as one of Manchester’s most influential music figures

Both Godley and Lol Creme briefly “reunited” with their former 10cc bandmates Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman in 1992. Shortly afterwards, Godley and Creme went their separate ways.

In recent years, Kevin Godley has moved into developing a music platform for the iPad, that combines audio and video to create a global recording studio in the cloud called “WholeWorldBand”.

Godley who now lives in Ireland was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts by Staffordshire University in 2018.

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Godley became the UK’s most sort after music video director in the 80s and 90s

Since his split in the late 80s from long-time working partner Creme, Kevin Godley has forged a career directing music videos and films on his own.

Artists he has directed include:

Band Aid 2

Erasure

Bryan Adams

U2

Frank Sinatra & Bono

Paul McCartney

Sting

The Charlatans

Blur

Dave Stewart

Kate Bush

Phil Collins

The Beatles

James

Jean-Michel Jarre

Boyzone

Snow Patrol

Eric Clapton

The Black Crowes

Rod Stewart

Elbow

 

Student reflection:

Hannah Flynn

Kevin Godley-Students-2a“Meeting Kevin Godley, was a wonderful opportunity to create an interesting character study and learn from someone who has vast experience of being behind a camera himself. Before the shoot, we scouted for possible locations for our photography. Kevin is a man with striking features, I tried to capture his personality as candidly as possible. I am very happy with the portraits I produced, even though he’s posing slightly, it looks natural and not forced.

It was a real pleasure to photograph Kevin, he was easy to talk to and direct. I sometimes struggle with directing, but his experience in the creative industry meant he was able to give me tips and encourage me to be more vocal and assertive – I grew with confidence as the shoot went on.

We decided to have a black and white theme to the final images. We believe this has accentuated the detail, texture and character of Kevin’s features”.

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Kevin Godley, still a creative force in the music industry
© All images – The Manchester College (unless otherwise stated)

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