Saturday, December 15, 2007

CAVA CAVA - The Collection

Country:
UK
Genre:
Electronic
Style:
Synth-pop


Members:
Richard Hixson - Guitar
Marc ? - Guitar ("I used to play guitar in Cava Cava before they signed their record deal ")
Steven Parris (Steven Young) - Vocals
Jonathan Hallett - Bass, Keyboards (-83)
Dave Parsons - Drums (1983)
Derek Ritchie - Drums (-83)
Michael Seeman - Drums (83-)
Paul Darville - Bass (83-)
(http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Darville/100000306501123)

VIDEO
"Where's Romeo"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQJdsbY4-yI


Tracklist:

01 Where's Romeo
02 Pink Shower
03 Back To The Zoo Of Tears
04 Lipstick Man
05 Burning Boy
06 Brother Brihgt
07 Stranded
08 Country Boy
09 Love Storm
10 The Clown
11 See Saw & sway
12 Burning Boy (extended mix)


Link to download:
http://rapidshare.com/files/76348187/cava_cava_256_kbs.rar.html

Notes:
It contains their whole album (tracks 1-9) and three bonus songs.
If you don't know this group ,you will be surprised as you heard at first the voice of the singer:) (My girlfriend can't bear it!) .He has really "unusual" voice something like Clare Grogan's voice was in Altered Images. Anyway the first song "Where's Romeo " is really Altered Images - "I Could Be Happy" influenced and its cool listening them together :)
Another favourite is "Stranded" where i explored a synth sounding in some parts that is very similar to a synth sound in some songs of Men Without Hats. (I don't know why,but after this song i always have to listen OMD and/or A Flock Of Seagulls)
My third favourite tarck is "Country Boy" ,a slow song where some girls singing ("floating") behind/around Steven.To me, three songs ("Astroboy","I Love You (Miss Robot)" and "Island") from The Buggles match this song. What do you think?
There are some more good songs as "Pink Shower", "Back To The Zoo Of Tears",and "Brother Bright",so give it to a try!:)
Their only album produced by Tim Friese-Greene from Talk Talk
Album
CaVa CaVa[1983] or [1984]?

Singles:
Where's Romeo c/w See Saw And Sway [1982]
Brother Bright [1983]


Biography:
?????

Im sorry i dont have more bio and info about this very obscure group except what you can see here:(

I found only these:

"However, only those with the most detailed interest in the minutiae of synthesised 1980s pop will recall the Wareham-based band Ca Va Ca Va, who were honoured by having the lyrics for their 1982 single Where's Romeo? duplicated in the pages of Smash Hits.

The band - Steven Parris (vocals), Richard Hixson (guitar), Jonathan Hallett (bass, keyboards) and Derek Ritchie (drums) - went on to release a follow up, Brother Bright, in 1983 before fading into obscurity."
(http://archive.thisisdorset.net/2006/2/4/113932.html)

"They had 3 singles on Regard Records (London) in '82-'83. The debut single "Where's Romeo" was incredibly catchy synth-pop that should have been a big hit. Singer had an unusual voice. The band which became a hot topic in BBS. They are quartet from Bonemath (?) debuted on Regards Records which Hayze Fantayzee and Won The Jugler (?) also were on. "Cava Cava" is supposed to mean "Hi, how are you?" in French. Steven said "I thought this name is it as double names were popular like Duran Duran and Talk Talk. Their looks are idol-like that reminds Kajagoogoo and G. I. Orange."
MIKE LEYTON added:
"Hi,When "CAVA CAVA" split at the end of 1983, the band went their separate ways and "Richard Hixson" and "Paul Darvill" formed another band called " Shoot The Moon ." They toured all over the u.k and soon had a big following before parting company due to disillusionment with the music business in 1986 and the frustration of having some great songs and no record deal.The line-up was Richard Hixson [guitars] Terry Bernard [drums] Paul Darvill [bass] and Mike Leyton [vocals].Paul, Mike and Terry still live in Bournemouth, Richard, I believe, still lives in his native Swanage.One of the biggest music crimes of the 1980's was that this band never reached the pop charts.I should know...I was the singer" .Mike.
More on Shoot The Moon:
DAVE PARSONS:

"Hello, I was the drummer in Cava Cava right up to 5 weeks before theysigned their record deal.
Having been with them for sometime and doing demo's at Matrix studiosin London with Richard Mazda (Ex Tours) producing, recording BBC radioone sessions, playing live, rehersals twice a week and more demos forEMI (they signed some band called Duran Duran not Cava Cava what everhappend to Duran Duran(?)....... it felt like the world had ended whenSteve & the band booted me out... but in the end I can say that I didnot share the debt they had after they had spent all theiradvance ;) ..... still love em all but did not keep in touch muchbeyond 1983/84" Dave Parsons

More info:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www2.plala.or.jp/wasteofpops/band_uk/bandsC.htm&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=5&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522cava%2Bcava%2522%2B%2522Where%2527s%2BRomeo%2522%26start%3D30%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN


http://www.nanonano.co.uk/music/index.html


If you have any more info,pics,material,article ,send me please!



52 Comments:

Blogger harleytexas said...

this web site has a cover version and some info http://www.nanonano.co.uk/music/index.html
Japanese site with some more info
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www2.plala.or.jp/wasteofpops/band_uk/bandsC.htm&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=5&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522cava%2Bcava%2522%2B%2522Where%2527s%2BRomeo%2522%26start%3D30%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi,many thanks for these infos!

greetings
salty

5:33 AM  
Anonymous biffbangpow said...

hi many thans for your very pleasant and documented blog, i use to see it every week,
i saw Cava Cava on the french TV in the early 80's when i was 10, and i haven't listen "where's romeo" since this time ... there's great songs like kajagoogoo's white feathers (without Japan influences) and the similarity with Clare Grogan's voice is true, i think "stranded" is my favourite song with its false trumpet songs it feels like Blancmange.
thanks again for your job and have a nice week
BBP

1:43 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Thanks for this one! I had never heard/heard of them at all. It's getting tougher to find 80's synthpop that I haven't heard and your blog continues to help relieve this burdon!

No rush, but at some time, I'd be really great if you could re-up the 1st Rheingold album/CD reissue with the bonus tracks. One of my favorites that I have on vinyl and the 1st CD issue with no bonus cuts.

Thanks again!
Jason

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the nice comments:)
Im happy you like Cava Cava!

@Jason

sure i will the 1st Rheingold up!

@BBP

I also like Biff Bang Pow!!:)

greetings
salty

2:27 PM  
Blogger Alan1074 said...

HI there, I only just found this site and the link to the Cava Cava album has expired. Could you please re-post it? I had no idea they did an album, although I had the first two singles which I loved.

He (Stephen) was a huge fan of Thereza Bazar of Dollar I remember.

Regards

Alan

PS - I was in Budapest last month for the first time. Lovely city!

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

helo Alan,

ive just checked the link and its still alive! (please click the link ,its lead you to the rapidshare page,scroll the mouse down and push "Free" button.You have to wait about 1,5-2 minutes before type the code they show you,and push enter to get the file)

I hope it can help,but if you have still problems to download, i will upload it in another way:)

Anyway do you know Stephen personally,it would be great to get more info:)

I hope you enjoyd your holiday in Hungary!:)

regrads
salty

5:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got to work. Thanks Salty. I must hae hit on it first time when Rapidshare was down or something.

It was great to hear the album and a crackle free "Where's Romeo" after all this time. Both that song and "Brother Bright" were minor UK hits, Top 50 and Top 70 respectively I think. "Burning Boy" didn't chart.

I never knew Stephen but I remember an interview at the time saying he used to sing to a poster of Thereza Bazar on his wall when he was sad. He had a voice which was a cross between Claire Grogan and Thereza I always felt.

7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not having any luck with this link...Help!

4:31 PM  
Blogger Jon H said...

Hi Guys,

I'm Jonathan, the bass player with CaVa CaVa back in '82!

I've been on the phone with Steven Parris tonight and he's very upset that you don't have his name correctly....it's Steven with a "V", guys, not Stephen with a "PH"!!

Seriously, thanks a million for your interest in our music...I would recommend that you also check out Blue Zoo, singer Andy O....they were our main rivals back in the heady days of the eightys! Would make another good blog subject....

All the best for now,

Jon Hallett

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the new link is here for fans,enjoy:
CAVA CAVA - The Collection
http://rapidshare.com/files/76348187/cava_cava_256_kbs.rar

Hello Jonathan and Steven!!

Im happy to see you here!
Can i ask you to send us a detailed biography of Cava Cava please? Also would be great to know if you wanna release a "Collection" album? Or maybe any chance for a new one? Also some gigs in the near future?

As for Blue Zoo,thanks for the recommendation,yes i was thinking about it yet,i will post them sometime:)

all the best
salty

2:23 AM  
Blogger djethell said...

Loved Brother Bright but never had the cash at 14 as I was buying fags and saving up for other (at the time) more important 12" singles, (sorry guys) but good to see they are remembered in history and now we can hear them again for the first time in over 26 years! Thanks for the link.

9:50 AM  
Blogger KevM said...

Hi,

Showing my age now, but I remember Cava Cava very well. I loved the single 'Brother Bright' (still got it) and remember one of the music mags at the time (Record Mirror?) ran a feature on the band. It was said that Steven's shirt had to be specially made and cost aroud 250ukp. It's a shame they faded into obscurity, but I s'pose that was typical of the scene at that time - bands came and went very quickly. I don't actually recall what prompted me to search for the band's name but this was the only useful reference I could find.

12:46 PM  
Blogger goalscrounger said...

Fantastic!!

caVa caVa were (until today) the only 80's group that I'd failed to track down online.

Somewhere in my loft I have Where's Romeo, Brother Bright and Pink Shower singles (Pink Shower is a weird shaped blue picture disk - I will dig it out and upload a picture one day)

Can't wait to hear the tracks again.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous aTom Ten said...

There are profiles of this band and cover art on both Discogs.com and RateYourMusic

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have every caVa song ever made, a close friend of mine used to do a lot of work with them, if anybody wants me to give them access to the whole library of songs, comment back.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes plaese!!!!!!! We want more Cava Cava! Thanks in advance!

Cheers
salty

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi - I managed the download, but can't get it to play on my PC. Am I just being dumb? Thanks for making this available, I'd really love to hear it. I had a vague memory of seeing them on Saturday morning tv back in the mists of time, and couldn't believe it when I found your blog. I'd be grateful for advice or info on another way to download it. All the best.

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi,there.
I'm ecxiting with this page.
i7ve just DL 12songs and i'm about to tears...
cavacava is a special band for me and my friends because ...
25years ago we used to play girls band , in the biginnig we have been played cavacava's songs...!
SeeSaw and sway is our live-debut number.

At that time very few information about cavacava.
So it's very happy finding here!
and very glad to hear the menbers of CAVACAVA are doing well.

i wish that lyrics come up here .
thank you very much.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Midi_3 said...

Hi

I used to play guitar in Cava Cava before they signed their record deal and my best friend at the time Kevan did their concert publicity and photographs etc. I think I still have some very old demos and artwork somewhere.

I saw that Jon from the band has left a message here and it's good to know that he is still in contact with Steven and (presumably) the others as well as I remember they were all friends from School. Jon used to have the nickname of IDAK - You would have to ask him why!

If the person who left a message to say that they have every Cava Cava song ever made I would be interested in hearing them as I may have played on a few and I may also know the friend. Please let me know how we can contact each other.

Marc

6:06 AM  
Blogger south coast mike said...

Hi,
When "CAVA CAVA" split at the end of 1983, the band went their separate ways and "Richard Hixson" and "Paul Darvill" formed another band called " Shoot The Moon ." They toured all over the u.k and soon had a big following before parting company due to disillusionment with the music business in 1986 and the frustration of having some great songs and no record deal.The line-up was Richard Hixson [guitars] Terry Bernard [drums] Paul Darvill [bass] and Mike Leyton [vocals].
Paul, Mike and Terry still live in Bournemouth, Richard, I believe, still lives in his native Swanage.
One of the biggest music crimes of the 1980's was that this band never reached the pop charts.I should know...I was the singer.
Mike.

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Marc

Hi, thank you for your message, can i ask you to send me some of your old photos and demos please!!
Thanks in advance!

Thanks Mike for the info! I have never heard about Shoot The Moon unfortunatelly, but i wonder if you have a website to listen to some of your songs? Im interesting in to know more about your band! Thanks in advance

Cheers
salty (saltyka@freemail.hu)

7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually Steven is , Steven Young not Parris which is his stage sirname...remember him a bit up himself in swanage where he lived originally after he relaeased that music.. walking down the street and turning his nose up as you look to acknowledge him. didnt like much of the music anyway, or his voice sorry...Rich ok man..

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey I remember cava cava, yeah know what you mean.

5:45 PM  
Blogger south coast mike said...

As the technology used to record and demo in the 80's was basic, all the "shoot the moon" recordings were made on studio tape and transposed onto cassette. How sad... there were no c.ds back then, however the result was a warmer more natural studio sound... no digital mastering. The result being, we don't have anything to upload at the moment. I will see what can be transposed onto c.d.from both various studio and live recordings and maybe put a compilation together,to make a digital master in the new year for download. We have loads of old promo photos, though again I don't have hold of them myself. I saw Paul Darvill a few weeks ago, we went out to see another old 80's band "It Bites"[remember them?] who are currently back touring again.Anyway, will see what we can do in the New Year...Merry Christmas one and all !
Mike Leyton.

3:19 AM  
Blogger paul.darvill said...

hi to everyone i played bass for cava cava in japan,and my band shoot the moon with mike terry and rich good days bring em back all best paul

9:30 AM  
Blogger south coast mike said...

Hey Paul,
I think you terry and I need to get together for a Christmas drink...Maybe dig out some old demos and photos...what do you say?
Mike.

10:02 AM  
Blogger paul.darvill said...

i think its a big yes friend, many many people are asking about us,will be great all best paulus

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mike that will be a yes me you and tel gotta find rich hey

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mike and Paul! Thanks for the news! So the reunit of Shoot The Moon is on the horizon?:) I am more and more attracted to get to know your music and can't wait to hear from you and the news!

Merry Christmas guys!

salty

11:47 AM  
Blogger paul.darvill said...

terry and i have set up a shoot the moon site on facebook, we are going to add lots of info and photos+video and music we put it on soon as possible will be good all the best paul

6:59 AM  
Blogger south coast mike said...

Hi Paulus,
Have had a butchers On facebook , there are a shedload of sites all for different bands called "Shoot the moon !" one is a ska band, another a prog-rock band.Can you believe it ??
Wingnut.

10:01 AM  
Blogger paul.darvill said...

hi mike at mo go on paul darville,at fb then shoot the moon,any problems,765528, spanner/wingnut

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, I was the drummer in Cava Cava right up to 5 weeks before they signed their record deal.

Having been with them for sometime and doing demo's at Matrix studios in London with Richard Mazda (Ex Tours) producing, recording BBC radio one sessions, playing live, rehersals twice a week and more demos for EMI (they signed some band called Duran Duran not Cava Cava what ever happend to Duran Duran(?)....... it felt like the world had ended when Steve & the band booted me out... but in the end I can say that I did not share the debt they had after they had spent all their advance ;) ..... still love em all but did not keep in touch much beyond 1983/84

Dave Parsons

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my father Paul Darville has passed away on Saturday 13th November 2010

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if anyone's interested i have a xample of a demo recording by a pre-signed cava cava on my website dedicated to the early 80's bournemouth music scene:

http://www.gavinunderhill.co.uk/bmthbeat.htm

1:19 AM  
Blogger AlanaDevotional said...

Hi. The new link is dead. Please re-upload!

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After searching though a pile of old C90 cassette tape (remember them) I came across some demos from various bands I was involved in during the 80's which I have uploaded onto SoundCloud. The Cava Cava session was recorded in London at Matrix Studios. The band at the time were, Richard Hixson - Guitar . Steven Parris – Vocals. Jonathan Hallett – Keyboards. Dave Parsons – Drums, Myself on Guitar (Marc Ford) and I believe that Pat Davey was the bass player on this session. It was produced by Richard Mazda.

I've also uploaded songs from other bands I was involved in during this period

http://soundcloud.com/marcford-1

I hope you enjoy.

Regards

Marc

4:36 AM  
Blogger AlanaDevotional said...

Thank you for wonderful archive, @Mark :) Very rare and great songs.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Priscila said...

Where can I find their songs' lyrics?

Thanks in advance.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Rockola said...

Hello there. Is it possible to get a working link to the Cava Cava album that 's mentioned on here please? Many thanks

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Rockola said...

Hi there. Is it possible to get a working download link for the Cava Cava album that's mentioned on here please? Any news on giving it a proper CD release? Thanks

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Rockola said...

Hi there. Is it possible to get a working download link for the Cava Cava album that's mentioned on here please? Any news on giving it a proper CD release? Thanks

1:44 PM  
Anonymous andy said...

MEH. I have no stinking Facebook.

Can anyone please name me a known Shoot The moon song so that I can start searching for info?

Surprisingly enough, there was ANOTHER 90s band "Shoot The Moon", and lo and behold, they were from UK, too.
(songwriting R.D. Brookes, prod. Simon Hanhart)

But from *THIS* Shoot The Moon mentioned far above I can't find any single release.

5:53 AM  
Anonymous Priscila said...

I've found this site with a download link for their tracks: http://www.fade2grey.com/talk-talk/cava-cava-3/

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Priscila said...

I've posted a video on youtube with "See, Saw & Sway", one of the bonus tracks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPnLD6Azubk&feature=plcp

4:19 PM  
Blogger Ariel Salvador said...

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11:03 PM  
Blogger Ariel Salvador said...

the link is dead!

please reupload!

11:06 PM  
Blogger S Kumar said...

plz upload new links as the old ones are dead. plz plz

10:35 PM  
Blogger S Kumar said...

plz upload the links as they are dead. plz plz

10:36 PM  
Blogger fanwave67 said...

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1:25 PM  
Blogger fanwave67 said...

For all music fans and collectors, Australian label Lost 80s Record Company printed on silver factory pressed CD longawaited self titled album. God hears our prayers. Thank you.
https://www.discogs.com/CaVa-CaVa-CaVa-CaVa/release/8337281

3:08 PM  

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