Alongside Hollywood, Dex Dexter and Orlando the best known of the bands to resurrect the spirit of new romanticism in the mid-90’s short-lived ‘Romo’ movement, Brighton, Sussex, England’s Plastic Fantastic comprised John Golds (bass), Stuart Fantastic (vocals), Shadric (guitar) and Conrad Toop (keyboards). Press photos pictured them throwing knowing poses, dressed in dinner jackets and high heeled boots along with dyed hair. Musically, too, they consciously recalled the mid-80s heyday of Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet, and took their name by adapting an Adam And The Ants song, ‘Plastic Surgery’. Their debut single for Fontana Records, ‘Fantastique No. 5’, was the first release by a new breed of bands emerging under the collective banner of ‘Romo’ - the name coined by Britain’s music weeklies to describe the rebirth of new romanticism on the London club scene. As their singer, formerly a member of Scorpio Rising, recounted, ‘Yes, it is pretty trashy. Jerry Hall, Chanel No. 5 and the Leeds club Vague - that’s what it’s about.’ When the hype surrounding ‘Romo’ died a death so did many of the bands associated with the movement, including Plastic Fantastic.
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