Iconic Manchester record St Jude by the Courteeners reaches Number one after 15th anniversary re-issue

15 years after the iconic record was released, St Jude by the Courteeners has landed at number one on the official charts today
Liam Fray

The 2008 release is the band’s first number one record.

It now has the title of ‘the album with the longest time between release and charting at number one in UK Chart history’ – an incredible 14 years, nine months and fourteen days after it was released.

The now chart topping release can thank the 15th anniversary edition of the LP featuring some remastered tracks, rarities and other unreleased material.

97% of the sales are of physical media, with the album also topping the Official Vinyl Albums Chart.

God Bless the Band!

Liam had previously spoke about a re-release for it’s 15th birthday as he didn’t want people being ripped off for £300 on Ebay for the Vinyl.

So with the band’s approval, they repressed it and threw in a load of B-Sides with a remaster too.

At the time of release, St Jude included three official top fourty singles: Not Nineteen Forever, No You Didn’t No You Don’t and What Took You So Long.

But the album for many Mancunians now has cult status, with each track on the album a banger after banger.

The band, formed in Middleton, consists of frontman Liam Fray, Michael Campbell and Daniel ‘Conan’ Moores.

They are only the third band in history to chart a re-issued album at number one – the other being the Rolling Stones with Exile on Main Street and Goat’s Head Soup and the Beatles, with Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Not bad company to be in at all.

Posting to Twitter, Liam Fray said: “Wow. Trying to take it in.

“Unconditional love to all of you.

“You know who you are. To everyone who brought it, everyone who’s been there, everyone who’s just arrived on the journey.

“This one’s for you

“NUMBER F****** ONE”

The Courteeners are set to play a massive gig at Heaton Park in Manchester on Friday June 9th, but unfortunately tickets are sold out.

They will be playing St Jude in its entirety.


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