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This pop rock quartet was formed in Birmingham, England, in 1983 by Kevin Griffiths (vocals, bass) and Daren Underwood (guitar). With Dave Fletcher (guitar) and Dean Cook (drums), they released a self-financed…
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This pop rock quartet was formed in Birmingham, England, in 1983 by Kevin Griffiths (vocals, bass) and Daren Underwood (guitar). With Dave Fletcher (guitar) and Dean Cook (drums), they released a self-financed single that was given considerable airplay by BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Peter Powell. A Radio 1 live session was followed by a recording contract with Heavy Metal Records. Too Young emerged in 1985, an over-produced affair that was full of lightweight guitar, high-pitched harmonies and anodyne lyrics. The album flopped and the band was forced to return to the club circuit. Take On The World, a self-financed cassette, was released in 1986, and eventually resulted in a new contract with CBS Records. Half the album comprised a selection of cover versions, including Richie Valens’ ‘La Bamba’ and Sister Sledge’s ‘Frankie’.