THE THOUGHTS - Passion's in Fashion (1984)
On the photo:
top left. Mark Edwards. top right Steve Morley. now living in austin texas USA. Bottom left Chris Waters. Bottom right Tony Newman (thankx for Mark Edwards!)
New Wave, Synth-pop
Jenx (Michael Jenkins) -keyb.,vocals
Producer-Clive Scott (from Jigsaw ,check:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Scott) /Engineer-Andy Pearce/Gary Barnicle-sax/Clive Scott-synths
"Wait A Long Time For You - Live '84 German TV show"
01 Cry Like A Child
02 Wait A LOng Time For You
03 Passion's In Fashion
04 Strange Things Happen In My Sleep
05 Am I Dreaming
07 Face In Photograph
08 That's Life
09 Emotional Blackmail
10 Crawling Back To Me
Link to download:
This is a rare album from 1984,but hope you will like it. Their sound,especially the voice of the vocalist is similar to the voice of Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) . I think this band is very very underrated or even perhaps unknown for most people and they deserve much more. So i'd like to put them on the map.
The Thoughts started as Naughty Thoughts (1981-1984) where members were:
Mark Edwards-guitar/vocals (from the punk band The Rivals 1976–1981,see:http://www.therivals.org.uk/ )/Chris Walters-lead vocals/guitar/Jim Peel-bass guitar/Jenx-keyboards and Marc Hebden-drums (he is also from The Rivals).
The Naughty Thoughts had three singles released "All or nothing" - "Wait along time for you" and "Ecstacy".They changed their name to The Thoughts (Jim Peel and Marc Hebden left the band) when they signed to Teldec for Germany,Austria and Switzerland. They released an album and some singles.They used Gary Barnicle on Sax, and then brought in George Sketcher for the live work.The band was touring all over Britain,and had a number one hit in Germany, with "Wait along time for you", was released in 1983. The band did Top of the Pops in Munich TV studios, then six dates in Munich and Frankfurt. When the Thoughts broke up Jenx contacted Rory Wilson (ex Broken Home) and another Dover boy and The Gems were born..
The Gems lined up with almost the same members as The Thoughts. Only one new member joined:Rory Wilson Guitar (from Broken Home)They signed to silent records (RCA) had 3 singles and toured on the 1986 Gary Glitter xmas tour , playing a home gig at the leas in December, hope this adds to your story it really is a good read, and brings back a lot of good memories of the"Springfield, Windsurfer,Chatsworth hotel (Hastings),Tofts,Pipers,Red Lion, Alberrys Wine Bar etc etc...
Jenx added for The Gems:
"This line up lasted for quite a while till I swopped the keyboards to looking after the band as I had made good contacts while working for a London venue. I was replaced by Steve Bignall on keyboards. Next to leave was Mark who later went to join "Anti Nowhere League". This line-up signed to Silent Records and released three singles; all produced by Steve Barnacle - brother of Pete and Gary."
"hello mate. just a bit about naughty thoughts'1981-1984.had three singles released.all or nothing. wait along time for you. and .ecstacy. the band was touring all over Britain.and had a number one hit in Germany, with Wait along time for you.did ,Top of the pops in munich TV studios.then six dates in Munich and Frankfurt. Mark Edwards who played guitar and was song writer . was from the punk/power pop band THE RIVALS. who was one of John Peels loved bands and promoted their music THE RIVALS had a single out in 1980 called HERE COMES THE NIGHT. (check this video: The Rivals - Here Comes The Night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM72av6X_Gw ) which was record of the week in record mirror.also Mike Reeds record of the week radio BBC one. Mark Edwards went on to do a single with Bruce Foxton of the JAM.who was then playing for STIFF LITTLE FINGERS. also played for THE GEMS. THE LAST RESORT (.http://www.myspace.com/thelastresortuk) "Following this split, there was a reformation of sorts in 1988 when Arthur and Andy, contacted Roi to reform the band, bringing in Mark Edwards from The Rivals on lead guitar. However when Arthur and Andy dropped out, Roi recruited Dean Wilkinson on drums and Mick Melville on bass to complete the band, which was called The Resort. This line-up released the "1989" album, before splitting-up at Christmas 1990."
"My name is Jenx, use to play keyboards etc in Naughty Thoughts/The Thoughts, i saw the write up on us by Dave Whithead and if your interested i could send you in a update on the band there's a good story there to tell, a number 1 single in germany but we never saw a penny, a manager who disapeared with our royalties....same old story, BLAH,BLAH,BLAH."
"Thought i'd add a bit more info on The Thoughts, We signed to Teldec for Germany,Austria and Switzerland, For the Album and Singles we used Gary Barnicle on Sax, and we then bought in George Sketcher for the live work, When the Thoughts broke up i contacted Rory Wilson (ex Broken Home) and another Dover boy and The Gems were born.."
"I lived in Thanet from 78-82, and there was a great band at the time called "Naughty Thoughts". They had such talent, I'm amazed they didn't make it. They had a great lead singer called Chris (Waters ?), another guy called Chris Edwards, and a really fantastic showman called "Jenks" who use to leap about and play a bit of keyboard.They used to do a lot of Police-style white reggae, and very melodic power-pop stuff. They had some excellent original material."(David Whitehead)
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