LOST 80’s LIVE
With a BRAND NEW LINEUP to include: Missing Persons “Words”, The Motels “Only The Lonely”, The Tubes “She’s a Beauty”, The Vapors “Turning Japanese”, The Escape Club “Wild Wild West”, Real Life “Send Me an Angel” and more…
Returning fan favorites to include A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung and Farrington & Mann original members of When in Rome UK
“Over 7,000 happy customers got Lost in the 80s In Denver this summer at Fiddlers Green. Was a great show and lineup. Radio all over this from the beginning!! Looking forward to doing it again”
– Don Strasburg AEG Rocky Mountains
“Lost 80’s Live is a totally awesome concert experience with hit after hit, we are thrilled to have it back in 2019! The producer Rob Juarez seems to be lost in the 80’s, which makes the show that much more exciting for the fans”
– Bud Pico, General Manager / Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, Las Vegas, NV
“This show grows every year!! Unbelievable!! JackFM Radio loves it and makes it their own. Thanks for the sell out – Lets do it again!!”
– Allen Anders, Theatre at Grand Prairie, AEG Texas
A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS
The year was 1983 and just prior to leaving for an overseas tour, singer Mike Score had a date with a lady, who, during their date produced a photograph of herself. As the story goes, Mike asked her for it and she refused. Mike left disappointed, but with the inspiration to write the song “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of You)”. The song was a hit in UK and the US where it topped out at 26 on the charts, adding to the band’s newly acquired fame. If you remember “Wishing” then you know how contrasting it was to the other songs of the time. Heavy with synthesizer and electronic rhythm, light guitar riffs, – all together melodic, and like no one else – these were the sounds that epitomized the music of A Flock of Seagulls.
Earlier in time, Mike and his friend Frank Maudsley were hairdressers in Liverpool, England, interested in music and fashion. After work they would gather above Mike’s shop and jam with Ali Score (Mike’s younger brother). Initially, Mike had gotten a synthesizer from a music shop whose owner was generous enough to let him take it and pay for it later in installments, if indeed he liked it. With Mike’s voice and synthesizer, Ali on drums and Frank playing bass, the trio loved their music. But they needed more sound and so after an exhaustive search, added guitarist Paul Reynolds after he answered one of their ads in a newspaper. With Paul’s refined guitar, and Mike, who amplified Paul’s guitar riffs with intense synthesizer chords, the group had laid the foundation for the music that would soon make them quite famous.
Taking the name A Flock of Seagulls, inspired from the book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”, by Richard Bach, the band started out playing shows in small venues. Club goers loved the driving electronic beat of “Telecommunications” which became a dance club hit across England. And would forever come to remember the sight of the band – particularly Mike Score – singing, playing his synthesizer, and sporting a most unusual haircut of which his long blonde, heavily gelled, bang would cascade down over his forehead and eyebrows like a waterfall.
With the waterfall haircut and more so their music, so electronic, yet melodic and charged with emotion, A Flock of Seagulls soon became one of the darlings of the music industry. After signing a record contract, and touring in the US, in 1982 they released their first album – self titled – “A Flock of Seagulls”. To their swelling ranks of fans in the US and UK, the album was magical. “I Ran” – the first single – is a song about being abducted by a UFO which came into the houses of many young Americans when MTV (then in its infancy) played it over and over and over. In it Mike wears his waterfall haircut, as he and the band play in a room decorated with aluminum foil as the camera pans around and around. The video was simplistic but the futuristic images, sight of the band, and the superior music drove “I Ran” to 9th place on US charts.
Ironically, A Flock of Seagulls became forever known for “I Ran” but there were many other fine songs on their first album. “Space Age Love Song” – is a song touching all the emotions of someone falling in love and “DNA” won a Grammy for best rock instrumental. The other songs have futuristic themes and upbeat, melodic music – all of which became the hallmark of A Flock of Seagulls.
After more touring and enjoying the success of “A Flock of Seagulls”, the second album “Listen”was released in 1983. “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” was the feature song and hit single of the album. Similar to “Space Age Love Song”, its emotional lyrics and modern sound struck a chord in many hearts. And its video on MTV showed again and again with Mike Score and his waterfall haircut wishing he had a photograph. Other songs on “Listen” seem to rely even more on futuristic and techno themes, with more upbeat music.
By 1984 things had changed though. Mike dropped his waterfall haircut and AFOS released their third album “The Story of a Young Heart”. Instead of futuristic theme songs like “Electrics” and “Telecommunications” from their earlier albums, “The Story of a Young Heart” seemed to be about a lot of cynical love songs. Listeners heard depressing songs like “Suicide Day” and “Heart of Steel.” The album lacked a hit single of the magnitude of “I Ran” or “Wishing”, but still had some fine music in songs: “The Dancer”, “Remember David”, and “The More You Live, The More You Love.” The latter was to be the last AFOS single to chart.
Shortly after, Paul Reynolds left the band. Without Paul, the magic ended. The original trio added additional musicians and released their fourth album “Dream Come True” in 1986. The music was so foreign to anything AFOS released before, and consequently flopped. The band disbanded after this. But after a three-year hiatus, Mike Score kept the name alive, added other musicians and released the single “Magic” a song reminiscent in sound and intensity of A Flock of Seagulls’ earlier days. Newer younger musicians came and went, but Mike Score continued to tour through out much of the 1990’s and released “Light at the End of the World” in 1995. Essentially, the album fell on deaf ears, which is a shame, since the music, though different from earlier AFOS sounds, still features the full essence of Mike Score’s music.
Though the century has recently ended more than 20 years since the conception, A Flock of Seagulls looks forward to more tour dates this spring and summer, plus a live album is planned for release. Mike Score and the newer “Seagulls” give it there all on stage, and concert goers will remember the futuristic music and reminisce the past.
Jack Hues born Jeremy Ryder on December 9, 1954 in Gillingham, England — “a grey town outside of London.” Hues began listening early on to the Beatles, then Cream and Jimi Hendrix before being intrigued by the long-form tracks of groups like Yes and Genesis. His next music passion was classical, studying music for three years at London’s Goldsmith College before going on to attend the Royal College of Music, studying composition and writing. While there, Jack met his friend (and future Huang Chung member) Dave Bernard (aka Hogg Robinson). After one year at the Royal College of Music, Jack left to pursue his dreams…..
(On a personal note: It should be mentioned that Jack doesn’t drink AT ALL or smoke, he likes avocados and he’s sick of Chinese food (when they were on tour, the promoters used to ply them with it!). He also likes bungee jumping, and he used to listen to classical music before going on stage to get himself in the mood. Although classically trained, he prefers working in the “pop/rock” field because it allows more spontaneity.)
Nick Feldman born on May 1, 1955 in North London, England. Nick was similarly inspired by the Beatles in the beginning, before immersing himself in an eclectic musical diet over the years: Frank Zappa, Soft Machine, modern classical, Miles Davis, punk, and traditional classical music. At the University of Liverpool, Feldman found himself studying subjects like psychology. “I soon found out that I wasn’t interested in rat behavior, but people instead.” He dropped out of the university, joining various bands in Liverpool before moving to London, where he’d eventually meet Jack in the midst of the punk movement.
In 1977, singer/guitarist/keyboardist Jack Hues and singer/bassist/keyboardist Nick Feldman met for the first time after Jack responded to an advertisement that Nick had placed in the classifieds of the weekly British music press, Melody Maker. Prompted by the freedom of the exploding punk music movement in England, they first played together in an avant-garde group called “The Intelektuals”, which was together from mid ’77 to late ’78 approximately. The group included Jack Hues (guitar/vocals), Nick Feldman (guitar/vocals), Paul Hammond (drummer – formerly of the rock band “Atomic Rooster”), and Bud Merrick (bass guitar).
In late 1978 after “The Intelektuals” split up, drummer Darren Costin, bass player Lee Gorman (who later joined the group “Bow Wow Wow”), and lead singer Glen Gregory (now with the group “Heaven 17”) joined Jack and Nick after meeting them while in the same rehearsal studio. The band was then reborn under the name “57 Men”. Some songs they performed include: “I Wanna be an Object”, “Disco Dave”, “Don’t Reac’t”, “Cheap Emotions”, “Disco Dave’s Dream” and many more. After playing around England for a year and a half trying to get a record deal, “57 Men” split up.
In late 1979, out of the ashes of “57 Men”, Jack Hues, Nick De Spig (Feldman), and Darwin (Darren Costin) re-grouped and started out again as a three-piece family, becoming “Huang Chung”. The band recorded four live tracks for 101 Records in the late ’70s, all of which appeared on a pair of compilation albums in 1980 and 1981.
Finally landing a small record deal, the independent record company Rewind Records signed the band up for a two single deal. Huang Chung released their first single Isn’t It About Time We Were on Television? in 1980; that record led to a contract with Arista Records. Saxophonist Hogg (Robinson) joined the band just after the Rewind singles. They released their first album, Huang Chung, in 1982. Throughout ’82 and ’83 the band toured extensively in Europe, where they gained valuable experience and honed their musical skills. In late ’82 or early ’83, saxophonist Hogg amicably left the band over “musical differences”.
By the summer of 1983, the band changed record companies upon being spotted by John David Kalodner at a live gig. Switching from Arista to Geffen Records, the band also changed their name to Wang Chung and immediately went back to the studio to record. The band again consisted of Jack Hues, Nick Feldman, and Darren Costin. The product of their labor was 1984’s Points on The Curve, which charted at #30.
Dance Hall Days was a small hit in Britain, yet the band hit the Top 40 twice in America — Don’t Let Go made it to number 36, while Dance Hall Days peaked at number 16 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart. From this point on, Wang Chung ignored the U.K. market, choosing to concentrate on the U.S.A., such as making TV appearances on “American Bandstand” and “Solid Gold”.
Sometime in 1985 before the release of To Live and Die in L.A., Darren Costin left the band, leaving Hues and Feldman to take an experimental turn when director William Friedkin asked them to score his movie. The soundtrack album not only contained their pop stylings, but also included several instrumental tracks as well. The theme song from William Friedkin’s thrilling film just missed making the Top 40 in 1985.
Hues and Feldman continued as a duo and released Mosaic in 1986. The album was their biggest success, launching the number two hit Everybody Have Fun Tonight and the Top Ten smash Let’s Go! Both tunes spawned videos that were put into heavy rotation on MTV in late 1986. To promote the album, the band made several appearances on American TV again, performing on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” and on Joan Rivers’ (now defunct) talk show.
Wang Chung returned in 1989 with The Warmer Side of Cool, which spent a mere six weeks on the charts, spawning the minor hit Praying to a New God. After feeling the impact of the relatively minor sales volume for the album, the group quietly stopped touring and recording. The album would eventually go out of print. However, Geffen Records has slated the record to be re-released on August 11, 1998!
Wang Chung returned in 1997 (in a way) with the release of their greatest hits compilation Everybody Wang Chung Tonight… Wang Chung’s Greatest Hits. It contains… “All the hits, plus a new remix of Dance Hall Days, and a brand new track: Space Junk”. Nick and Jack reunited to embark on a small promotional tour in order to publicize the compilation. They made several appearances on local radio stations across the USA, and also performed live at several small music festivals.
Today, all four original members are still working hard within the music industry. Nick Feldman is an A&R man working for Warner Brothers (WEA) in the UK, promoting fine new bands, such as Arkarna. Jack Hues is still busy writing music and producing on his own, being responsible for such projects as the soundtrack to “Betsy’s Wedding” and another William Friedkin film, “The Guardian”. Darren Costin (aka “Darwin”) is also busy as an engineer, producing and editing various projects for the likes of Bjork and Pavarotti. Darren Costin is now involved with a new band named “LOBE”, with an album in the works. Dave Bernard (aka “Hogg” Robinson) put his music degree to use and is now the head of all the music universities in England! Nick Feldman and Jack Hues are also founding investors in a new project: Studio Encyclomedia, the first interactive global directory of recording studios on CD-ROM.
With its unique, colorful and jampacked history in the music business, Missing Persons is a band like no other. Over the years, this collection of talented and strong-willed personalities created music that tested boundaries and limits, and now they’re back for more!
Before the band began…
In 1975, Terry Bozzio was playing in Frank Zappa’s band, becoming a legend in the music industry as well as with Zappa fans. Enter, Dale Consalvi in 1976. A former Playboy Bunny from Boston, Dale visited Frank at the studio one day, and she and Terry hit it off (marrying in 1979). Warren Cuccurullo, a guitarist and Zappa fan from New York, was hired into the band in 1978 just as Terry left. When the band returned from the 1979 European tour, the Joe’s Garage albums began to take shape, making Dale and Warren as infamous as Terry had previously been. Dale and Warren began writing their own songs, and Terry quit the band he was playing with (UK) to join Dale and Warren in founding a new band. Their energy, potential, persistence and talent created Missing Persons.
Turning down a chance to go back on tour with Frank Zappa, Warren chose to dedicate himself to Missing Persons, and the three of them began writing, rehearsing, performing and recording. They appeared as “Teddy and the Ruff Riders” in the movie Lunch Wagon. Ken Scott, their producer, got excited about the band, becoming their manager. With $3,000.00 from Warren’s father, Missing Persons released the 4 song, 7 inch Missing Persons EP on their producers’ label, KoMoS. Incredible live shows, self-promotion and persistence paid off: the EP sold (estimates vary) between 7000 and 11,000 copies, and when they sold out a 3000 seat hall, Capitol Records gave them a contract in March of 1982.
Capitol re-released the EP, which became the best selling debut EP at that time, selling 250,000 copies and charting on the Billboard album chart. In October 1982, Missing Persons released its first full length album, Spring Sessions M. “Words” and “Destination Unknown” were released as singles, gaining airplay all over the U.S. Brash and energetic, the new songs were perfect for a new era of music. The album went gold, peaking at #17 and was the band’s most successful album. Missing Persons performed on many television shows, including Solid Gold, and did interviews with Entertainment Tonight, MTV and others. On New Year’s Eve, 1982, the band played in front of a sold-out crowd at the Long Beach Arena, which seated 18,000, and in May 1983, they did a set at the US Festival, which was in front of several hundred thousand people.
In early 1984, Rhyme and Reason was released, accompanied by Helmut Newton’s stunning photos of the band. Three more videos were made, and a tour was launched. Another album, Color In Your Life, was released in 1986. A single and video were released for “I Can’t Think About Dancing.” Shortly after the album’s release in the summer of 1986, the band broke up along with the Bozzio marriage.
The members of Missing Persons all went on to have careers in the music industry. Warren joined Duran Duran in 1986 and remained with the band for the next 15 years, co-writing the 1993 top five hits “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone.” Warren’s contributions to Duran Duran were many, including not only his guitar wizardry, but his talent, versatility, creativity, energy, home studio, production experience and prolific songwriting. He also has released four solo albums. Meanwhile, Terry Bozzio has made a name for himself playing with many different groups and artists, including Duran Duran studio work in 1995. He won a Grammy Award for Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop in 1990. Most of his time is spent conducting drum clinics and selling instructional videos. Dale Bozzio released a solo album on Prince’s Paisley Park label in 1988 and toured occasionally throughout the 1990’s performing Missing Persons songs with a hired band. She participated in the Zappa’s Universe concert in December 1991, was featured in MTV’s It Came From The 80’s in 1996 and appeared onstage with Duran Duran in Boston to perform “Destination Unknown” with Warren in 1999.
As for Missing Persons, Capitol Records released The Best Of Missing Persons on CD and cassette in 1987,and a special markets cassette compilation called Walking in L.A. in 1988. A live album released by Warren, Late Nights/Early Days, includes a concert from 1981 as well as the previously unreleased”Action, Reaction.” The next project was an album of remixes (Remixed Hits), for which TV Mania (Warren Cuccurullo and Nick Rhodes) contributed their version of “Destination Unknown.” In May 2001, Warren announced that he was leaving Duran Duran to re-form Missing Persons with original members Terry and Dale. Plans include tour dates and recording, and he’s already writing new music with Dale. Although fans never dared to hope for a reunion, especially considering the fact that Terry and Dale are divorced, the news has been greeted with much happiness among this still cohesive and devoted fanbase.
FARRINGTON AND MANN, original vocalists of WHEN IN ROME UK
Farrington and Andrew Mann formed When In Rome circa 1985 when Clive met Andrew in Horts Wine Bar in Manchester one cold winter night! They soon started collaborating on lyrics and melodies for songs.
Clive’s dad built a studio for them to work in and pretty soon, the formula was set for what was to become the one and only When In Rome album! First, they signed to Elektra Records via Simon Potts (A&R) and then Virgin 10 Records via Mick Clark (A&R). Both had become friends of Andrew when he moved to London; demo tape in hand, containing ‘The Promise’ in very rough 4 track form!
Clive had written the lyrics, melody and arrangement for the first verse and chorus and now it was down to Andrew to complete the song, lyrically. This was the formula used for every recorded When In Rome song!
The song completed in demo form, it was time to record this and the album.. The album was completed at Power plant Studios, London with the great Ben Rogan (Sade – ‘Diamond Life’). Further vocals were recorded at Linford Mannor, Hertfordshire and Townhouse, London.
Virgin America were asking for more like ‘The Promise’ and the guys flew to LA to record 3 further tracks with Richard James Burgess (Landscape, Spandau Ballet, Colonel Abrahams) at Sound Control and Hollywood Studios respectively. The 3 songs that came out of this session were, ‘Heaven Knows’, ‘Wide Wide Sea’ and ‘Sight of Your Tears’. The album was mixed at Quad Studios, NYC by Michael Brauer and Clive Farrington.
In 1987, ‘The Promise’, released as a 12″ single quickly caught fire on the West Coast via Live105, San Francisco and ultimately reached No.1 on the Hot 100 Club Play Chart in 1988 and No. 11 on the U.S. Hot 100 major chart in the same year! When In Rome undertook 2 successful club date tours of the U.S. in 1988 and 1989. In 1992, Clive and Andrew to When In Rome to Brazil on a very successful 1 month tour with Matt Rowe (East17, Spice Girls, Sophie Elllis Bexter) on keyboards.
In 2005, ‘The Promise’ was used as the main end theme for the cult movie, Napoleon Dynamite and won MTV’s Best Movie for the year award presented by actress Daryl Hanna Soon, the band were asked to tour again in the USA and recruited electronic percussionist, Rob Juarez who’s worked with General Public, Paul Humphreys of OMD, Trans X and The Flirts as touring member. The band are currently planning a Nationwide tour of the U.S., South America, the Philippines and Canada.