The Bluebells are a Scottish indie new wave band, first active between 1981 and 1986, and have since reformed. They had three hit singles in the UK, all written by guitarist and founder member Bobby Bluebell (aka Robert Hodgens) - “I’m Falling” with Ken McCluskey , “Cath”, and their biggest success “Young At Heart”. The latter was co-written with Siobhan Fahey and made it to No.8 in the UK singles chart on its original release in 1984. The band also released two albums, “The Bluebells” and “Sisters”.
The band split up in the mid-1980s, but enjoyed a revival in 1993 when “Young At Heart” was re-issued as a single, it was No.1 for four weeks and led to the band reforming temporarily to perform the song on Top of the Pops. A singles collection followed.
The band reformed again in late 2008, with original members the McCluskey brothers and Bobby Bluebell, to support Edwyn Collins at a show in Glasgow on 23 January 2009. On 29 May 2011, the band performed as part of the Southside Festival. On 17 December 2018, the band performed on a Christmas edition of The Quay Sessions for BBC Scotland. In 2019, the Bluebells appeared performing "Young at Heart" in an episode of the last series of the BBC Scotland sitcom Still Game.
PNFG reissued album 'Sisters' in 2020 now featuring two bonus songs produced by Elvis Costello; "Aim In Life" and "Some Sweet Day". This year, we invited both Sister John and The Bluebells to cover one of the other's songs and a 7" split AA single of "Glasgow Is A Rainbow" and "I Am By Day", available now. In 2023, The Bluebells will release a brand new album titled The Bluebells In The 21st Century.