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An early '80s Scottish New Wave / Post Punk / Tartan Pop band. Led by lead singer Clare Grogan, the band branched into mainstream Pop edged music, having six UK Top 40 hit singles and three Top 30 albums between 1981 and 1983.

Their biggest hits were "Happy Birthday" and "I Could Be Happy", both released in 1981.

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One time schoolmates with a shared interest in the UK Post Punk scene, Clare Grogan (vocals), Gerard "Caesar" McInulty (guitar), Michael 'Tich' Anderson (drums), Tony McDaid (guitar) and Johnny McElhone (bass guitar), sent a demo tape to Siouxsie & the Banshees, who soon gave the band a support slot on their Kaleidoscope tour of 1980.

The band's name referred to a sleeve design on the Buzzcocks' single "Promises", and was inspired by Buzzcocks vocalist Pete Shelley's constant interfering with the initial sleeve designs.

After being championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, they garnered enough attention to be offered a recording contract with Epic Records, but mainstream success was not immediate; their first two singles, "Dead Pop Stars" and "A Day's Wait", failed to reach the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart. "Dead Pop Stars" was particularly controversial at the time, sung at the viewpoint of a "has-been" icon with irony, but badly timed in its release shortly after John Lennon's death, even though it was recorded earlier. It was absent from their studio album releases. After these two singles and their first two sessions for John Peel, Caesar left and formed "The Wake".

Albums List

1) Happy Birthday (1981)

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2) Pinky Blue (1982)

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3) Bite (1983)

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Singles List

  1. 1981 "Dead Pop Stars"
  2. 1981 "A Day's Wait"
  3. 1981 "Happy Birthday"
  4. 1981 "I Could Be Happy"
  5. 1982 "See Those Eyes"
  6. 1982 "Pinky Blue"
  7. 1982 "Song Sung Blue"
  8. 1983 "Don't Talk To Me About Love"
  9. 1983 "Bring Me Closer"
  10. 1983 "Love To Stay"
  11. 1983 "Change of Heart"