Taking their name from a snatch of lyrics to Pink Floyd's "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" ("You were caught on the crossfire/Of childhood and stardom/Blown on the steel breeze"), the Californian sextet Steel Breeze became an early darling of MTV. Blending traditional, guitar-based power pop with the new wave/synthesizer trends of the day, their self-titled 1982 release scored a sizable hit, aided by the fledgling video outlet, with "You Don't Want Me Anymore." The song wasn't quite able to crack the Top Ten (halting at number 16), but it remained charted for five months. When "Dreamin' Is Easy" followed it into the Top 40, the band relinquished any possible claim on one-hit wonder status (although it's unlikely that few but the most trivia-oriented fans remember the song). The band would release Heart on the Line in 1983, but it faded without much notice (although Clarence Clemons did contribute saxophone to one track) and Steel Breeze would be a cover band playing West Coast clubs by the '90s (and into the ensuing decade). Lead singer Kevin Chalfont would become a member of the Storm, singing on their sole hit "I've Got a Lot to Learn About Love," which would be a Top 40 single in 1991.
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