Comprising Noel McKoy (vocals) and Steve Spiro (keyboards), International Foot Language, based in London, England, came together in 1990 when the duo met and elected to join forces, though each was already heavily implicated in their own separate projects. McKoy is a veteran of his own band, McKoy, plus the James Taylor Quartet, co-writing most of their 1993 album Supernatural Feeling and singles such as ‘Love The Life’ and ‘Brighter Day’. He has also worked with the Pasadenas, Snowboy and Steve Williamson. Spiro made his name in production and writing, working with artists including East 17 and the Pet Shop Boys. His remixes include work for MC Hammer, the Farm and Talk Talk. He had previously been commissioned by BBC Television to provide music for its sports programmes, including the 1992 Olympics, Grand Prix coverage, Ski Sunday and Match Of The Day. This connection led to International Foot Language’s first single, ‘The Brave’, being used as the theme to the BBC’s coverage of the 1994 Commonwealth Games. ‘The Brave’ was written and produced by the duo with the use of Canadian Indian chants and recordings of tribal music form north-west Canada, where the Games were being held. Underpinning the vocals were western dance beats, sampling and production technology.
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