Stephen Lennon (vocals/guitar), John Robertson (vocals/guitar), Paul Barry (vocals/bass) and Chris Kowalski (drums) were all pupils at a secondary school in Edinburgh, Scotland when their home-recorded demo tape secured a recording deal with Zoom, a local independent label. The group’s two singles betrayed an obvious immaturity, but they also unveiled the germ of a songwriting talent. Voted ‘Best Young Band’ on television’s Saturday Banana show, the Questions then came to the attention of Paul Weller, who signed the quartet to his Respond label. When Lennon left the line-up, Paul Barry emerged as the group’s principal songsmith and his melodic, soul-tinged direction was apparent on the unit’s three minor hits, ‘Price You Pay’, ‘Tear Soup’ (both 1983) and ‘Tuesday Sunshine’ (1984). However, they were unable to secure a significant breakthrough and when Weller’s own commercial fortunes declined, so did those of his several protégés, including the Questions.
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