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This interracial Brit-funk band started as a six-piece in 1980. The group, which then included Phil Bishop, Jim Ross and Tony Simmons, was taken under the wing of producer Alpine Grant. He recorded their…
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This interracial Brit-funk band started as a six-piece in 1980. The group, which then included Phil Bishop, Jim Ross and Tony Simmons, was taken under the wing of producer Alpine Grant. He recorded their first single, ‘Everybody Get Up’, at the studio belonging to his famous brother, Eddy Grant, and it was initially released on the indie GB label. Though not a hit, it caused a big enough stir in the clubs to secure the group a contract with A&M Records. They released several records over the next two years on that label, including the critically acclaimed ‘Girl’ and ‘No Way Out’, but neither charted. Disappointed with the lack of crossover sales, the group, now reduced to a quartet, joined RCA Records in 1983. Top producer Steve Levine worked with the foursome, Bishop (guitar), Ray Davies (bass, vocals), keyboard player Pat Seymour (keyboards) and Rusty Jones (drums). Their first release, ‘Love’s Gonna Get You’, gave them their only UK chart record but it proved to be the last record of note for these pioneers of UK funk.