T’Pau

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Named after a Star Trek character, T’Pau had a huge hit in 1987 with “Heart and Soul” (off their debut album, “Bridge of Spies”) While none of their other singles were successful in the US, internationally they had top 40 success with two other songs from that album, “China In Your Hand” and “Valentine.” They […]

Simple Minds

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In America at least, Simple Minds will probably forever be most identified with “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” but they also had quite a few hits before and after that song (“Waterfront,” “Promised You a Miracle,” “Alive and Kicking,” etc). Though their line-up has changed and there have been gaps between new albums, Simple Minds […]

Visage

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Best known for their 1980 hit “Fade to Grey,” New wave/synthpop band Visage has gone through many line-up changes, with Steve Strange being the only consistent member. Early Visage members went on to be part of bands such as Ultravox, Magazine, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Visage initially split […]

Spandau Ballet

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While Spandau Ballet are most remembered for the pop-ballad “True,” they have also had some great up-tempo songs like “Chant No. 1,” “Instinction” and “To Cut a Long Story Short.” They were very much associated with the ‘new romantic’ style of the early 80’s, with much in common musically with acts such as ABC and […]

Thomas Dolby

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Thomas Dolby is one of many artists whose initial success was closely tied to the rise of the music video in the early 80’s. In fact, the video for his hit “She Blinded Me With Science” was actually conceived before the song. “I begged my record company to give me the budget to make a […]

Big Country

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Big Country had several hits off their 1983 debut album “The Crossing,” most notably the song “In a Big Country.” While the group continued to be successful in the UK, by the 1990’s they had trouble maintaining their popularity in America. In late 2001, singer Stuart Adamson hung himself, leaving the future of Big Country […]

Bow Wow Wow

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Bow Wow Wow began in 1980 when the infamous Malcolm McLaren convinced 3/4 of Adam and the Ants to leave Adam and start a new band. With the additional of vocalist  Annabella Lwin, the group went on to such hits as “I Want Candy” and “Do You Wanna Hold me?”