Espionage

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Walking the line between commercial pop and synth pop, Espionage burst upon the scene in 1983 with their self-titled debut album on A&M. Led by Chazz Coghlan (vocals, keyboards) and Paul Hutchinson (vocals,…
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Walking the line between commercial pop and synth pop, Espionage burst upon the scene in 1983 with their self-titled debut album on A&M. Led by Chazz Coghlan (vocals, keyboards) and Paul Hutchinson (vocals, keyboards), the quartet was rounded off by guitarist Nielson Kearon and bassist Gordon Goodwin (sessionman Dennis Conway occupied the drum stool). With the album produced by the legendary Roy Thomas Baker (and featuring backing vocals by Flo & Eddie), there was an initial interest with leadoff track "The Sound of Breaking Hearts" garnering some airplay across the country. Espionage's mix of British synth pop (à la Heaven 17) and commercial rock (courtesy of Roy Thomas Baker's perfect production) on paper would seem like a mismatch, but this album proves that you can have the best of both worlds. When the album didn't set the charts on fire, A&M dropped the band. In 1985, Espionage returned with their sophomore effort on Elektra. Though Kearon and Goodwin were gone and Roy Thomas Baker was now listed as executive producer, engineer Gordon Fordyce produced yet another solid effort by the band. Assistance from Lindsey Buckingham, Tommy Lee, Elliot Easton, and others helped the effort even more. Though it was another great batch of songs, public interest was nonexistent and the band disappeared off the radar.