CBS FM 80'S ROCK CELEBRATION W/ Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Modern English, The Outfield's Tony Lewis, Kajagoogoo Limahl

Belinda Carlisle

American pop-oriented vocalist, born August 17, 1958. She performs both solo and as lead singer of pop-rock act the Go-Go's.

Formed 1980, Sheffield, UK

Fry, White and Singleton had been members of Vice Versa (4), who released an EP "Music 4" in 1979 and
contributed the track "Genetic Warfare" to a compilation EP "1980: The First Fifteen Minutes" before mutating into ABC.

During the late '70s, Fry ran his own fanzine, Modern Drugs, while he attended Sheffield University. ABC formed in 1980, after Fry interviewed Vice Versa members Mark White (guitar) and Stephen Singleton (saxophone) for his fanzine. The two musicians asked Fry to join their band as a vocalist, and he soon became part of the group; the lineup also featured drummer David Robinson and bassist Mark Lickley.

Soon, Fry had taken control of the electronic band, steering them in a more pop-oriented direction and renaming the group ABC. By the fall of 1981, the band had signed a record contract with Phonogram Records, which agreed to distribute ABC's own label, Neutron. ABC released their first single, "Tears Are Not Enough," in November; it peaked at number 19 on the U.K. charts.

Modern English

Modern English were formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1977 by Robbie Grey (Vocals), Gary McDowell (Guitar) and Michael Conroy (Bass). Originally known as the Lepers, the band made their name in the burgeoning punk scene where they would get together exclusively to play at parties, until they were picked up by 4AD. Richard Brown (Drums) and Stephen Walker (Keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of the band. A debut single, "Drowning Man" was released in 1980 on the Limp Records label. The band's debut full-length; "Mesh & Lace", released by 4AD a year later, it drew heavily on the gloomy post-punk sound already patented by bands such as Joy Division. The follow-up "After The Snow" showed a huge progression, as they introduced warmth and strong guitar harmonies (most notably on the minor classic "I Melt With You"), rejecting the tinny bleakness of the debut. It was especially well received in the USA, and the band relocated to New York to consolidate a popularity encouraged by college radio. 1984's "Richochet Days" had a crisper production but less creative experimentation. By the time of "Stop Start" (1986), the band had left 4AD and Walker and Brown had quit the band and Aaron Davidson (Keyboards, Guitar) had joined. Grey initially returned to England to form a new outfit, but reconvened Modern English in 1990 with Davidson and Conroy. They released "Pillow Lips" on the TVT label in 1990, Robbie Grey and band member Ted Mason co wrote and produced a second release for TVT though it received very little enthusiasm from the label. Locked into contractual obligations, Grey subsequently put the band on hold to study and travel, leaving Mason to handle the legal issues. In 1995, Modern English again re-formed with the line up of Matthew Shipley (Keyboards) Ted Mason (Guitar) and of course, Robbie Grey. They recorded "Everything's Mad" on the Imago label. In 1998 the line up changed again, keeping Matthew Shipley and adding Steven Walker (guitars), Ian Robbins (bass) and Jon Solomon (drums). In 1999 Ian was replaced by Nik Williams (bass). In 2001 they recorded a new album 'Soundtrack' with producer Hugh Jones but due to the collapse of the record company it was shelved. Finally in 2010 this album is being released by Darla with a US tour at the planning stage.

The Outfield's Tony Lewis

British rock band.

Kajagoogoo Limahl

UK early '80's Synth-pop group fronted originally by Limahl on lead vocals with Nick Beggs on bass guitar and additional vocals, Steve Askew on E bow and guitar, Stuart Croxford Neale on synths and additional vocals and Jez Strode drums and electronic programming.

Limahl was fired from Kajagoogoo after their first album for creative differences. He then pursued a solo career. Nick Beggs took over lead vocal duties and the group released another album (they were now known as simply Kaja in North America with this release). After Jez Strode left the group before the recording of their last album, they officially shortened their name to Kaja, releasing one more album under this moniker.

October 2003 saw the original 5 members briefly reunite as part of the VH1 'Bands Reunited' TV series, in which they performed a 1-off special show. Nick, Steve and Stuart have since remained in Kajagoogoo.

Limahl and Jez joined the band again in February 2008.

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