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The artists performing at Rewind in Henley-on-Thames on Sunday, August 18th.
Celebrating over 25 years together, Peter Cox and Richard Drummie had their first hit "We Close Our Eyes" in 1985, the first of many including "Don’t Look Down", "Tracks of My Tears", "Call Me" and the opening song to the hugely successful film "Pretty Woman", "King of Wishful Thinking". Their self-titled album "Go West" sold 1.5 million copies worldwide and established the pair as a chart force and as one of the greatest singer-songwriter duos to emerge in the 80s. In 2010 the pair went back on the road, touring throughout the UK to celebrate 25 years together and the release of a new album – "3D" – a unique album released in three parts. Fantastic performers with a huge repertoire of hits, the group are Rewind favorites and a real treat live.
Celebrating over 30 years in the entertainment industry, Leee John has been an all-round artist, singer, writer, record producer, actor and recently a film producer. Leee came to the world’s attention with his group Imagination which he founded in the early 80s, making a mark not only as musicians but also as true masters of stage and performance, known for their outrageous costumes and stage shows. With hits such as "In and Out of Love", "Body Talk", "Flashback", "Music and Lights", "In The Heat of the Night" and "Just An Illusion", millions of singles were sold internationally. Imagination also went platinum worldwide with sales in excess of 30 million albums. As a result Imagination have played to sold out concerts across the globe. Following on from festival appearances at Rewind Festivals in South Africa last year, Leee brings his soulful tones and spectacular wardrobe back to the Rewind stage in Henley.
Fresh-faced pop starlet Sonia was only sixteen when she first entered the music business, having been spotted by record producer Pete Waterman on the Liverpool club circuit and successfully auditioning for a recording contract with Simon Cowell at BMG. Her debut single "You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You" was released in 1989 and shot to number one in the UK selling a staggering 350,000 copies. Numerous television appearances revealed her bubbly personality and natural enthusiasm endearing her to a large audience. "Everybody Knows", her debut album sold half a million copies and included a string of top singles such as "Can’t Forget You", "Listen To Your Heart" and "Counting Every Minute". As well as chart success, Sonia has been a familiar face on stage and screen, having starred as Sandy in the hit West End musical "Grease" alongside Craig McLachlan and Shane Ritchie in the nineties amongst many other shows and television appearances.
Featuring former members of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Electric Light Orchestra Part II, The Orchestra bring a massive repertoire of hits with them to Rewind Festival this year, stopping off as part of their "Greatest ELO Hits Tour". With songs from the eleven studio albums ELO released between 1971 and 1986 to choose from along with The Electric Light Orchestra Part II back catalogue, expect to hear such symphonic rock classics as "Evil Woman", "Livin’ Thing", "Sweet Talkin’ Woman", "Do Ya" and future festival anthem "Mr Blue Sky" as The Orchestra rock Rewind Festival.
If ever anyone has given Madonna a run for her money as the queen of the three-minute pop song, it’s Belinda Carlisle. Over the last two decades, she’s made the journey from Hollywood-based teen punk with The Go-Go’s to the ultimate global big hair pop icon with a series of sophisticated, but instantly memorable pop-rock singles. Achieving international success with "Heaven Is A Place On Earth", the single reached number one on both sides of the Atlantic and established her as a solo artist in her own right after the demise of The Go-Go’s in 1985. With such massive solo hits as "Circle In The Sand", "(We Want) The Same Thing", "I Get Weak", "Leave A Light On" and "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" to her name, Belinda is still touring the world with her brand of uplifting and inspirational pop. Having played Rewind South Africa in the autumn, she now brings her fabulous set of songs to Rewind in the UK.
The last time Blancmange did a major interview, it was 1986 and they had just been chased down a motorway by a group of girls. This was not an uncommon experience for Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe, the two members of the duo who, along with Human League, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Yazoo and OMD, made edgy but accessible synthpop with croony vocals the de rigueur sound of the early-to-mid-80s. Why were the pair being chased by said gaggle of excitable young women? Because at the time – i.e. between 1982 and 1985 – Blancmange had seven top 40 hits (including the world music flavoured slice of electro-pop "Living On The Ceiling", "Blind Vision" and "Don’t Tell Me") and two top 40 albums and they were bona fide, if unlikely, pop stars; ubiquitous during the synthpop / new romantic era. Although the pair ended the group, they never left the music industry and in 2010 reformed going on to make a new album together – Blanc Burn – with all the same electronic integrity and chart-friendly melodies of the 80s but exploring the darker recesses of the human condition.
He’s so self-effacing that he’d probably just laugh at the description, but Paul Carrack is a bit of a renaissance man on the quiet. He’s a label owner, hugely popular recording and touring artist, one of the most in-demand voices and songwriters of his generation and the creator of a catalogue of household hits. But beyond all that, Carrack just loves making music. Across four decades, countless Carrack performance have quietly made their mark on the collective consciousness, including Ace’s "How Long", Mike & The Mechanics "The Living Years", "Over My Shoulder" and "Silent Running", Squeeze’s "Tempted" and solo landmarks like "Satisfy My Soul", "I Live On A Battlefield" and "Eyes Of Blue". In September 2012 he delivered a real career landmark and the best blue-eyed soul album of the year – "Good Feeling" - on his own Carrack UK label.
Matt Bianco might sound like a person, but the UK pop group’s band name came from their love of spy TV themes and film scores – Matt is a made up spy, a secret agent. They were formed in 1982 by the late Kito Poncioni (bass), Mark Reilly (vocals) and Danny White (keyboards) whose first album, "Whose Side Are You On?", featured the jazzy vocal arrangements of then unknown vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska and produced such hits as "Get Out of Your Lazy Bed" and "Half a Minute", turning Matt Bianco into one of the biggest acts of 1984’s Europe. When Basia and Danny White left the group to pursue lucrative solo-careers, Mark Reilly found Mark Foster (keyboard player and session musician) and continued, recording the next Matt Bianco album followed by a European tour that saw them perform in front of more than 250,000 people. They went on to have sustained success throughout the decades in America and Asia and in 2003, after 20 years apart, reformed the original line up and embarked on a world tour. In 2009, Mark Reilly and Mark Fisher joined forces again releasing the album "Hi-Fi Bossanova", and have performed concerts and jazz festivals worldwide since. On March 8th 2012 they are releasing their new studio album "Hideaway".
After fifteen albums and two decades on the music scene, Aswad (a name derived from the Arabic word for "black") remain one of Britain’s best loved reggae bands, renowned among reggae fans for their rich melodies and compelling harmonies, woven over hard rhythm tracks and inspired horn riffs. Formed in 1974, the trio first gained national attention in 1976 when their debut release, "Back To Africa", hit the #1 slot on the UK Reggae Charts. "Love Fire", their popular anthem released in 1981, eventually became part of the reggae canon and is still covered today by many Jamaican record producers. The band became known for their adventurous fusion of such different musical styles as dancehall, funk, hip-hop and dub and their catchword "fresh" soon became a favourite in Jamaican dancehalls. After a series of successful singles and albums on Island and CBS, Aswad earned international acclaim in 1988 with their reggae version of "Don’t Turn Around" sailing to the top of the UK chart. Aswad have toured extensively, playing to packed houses across the globe from London’s Royal Albert Hall to West Africa, Israel and Japan. Now get ready to welcome the original UK reggae masters to Rewind Festival.
The Pointer Sisters began their formal vocal training in their father’s church, The Church of God in West Oakland, California. They went on to achieve worldwide success, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and have secured a place in pop music history as a dynamic female group. Their aptly named 1983 album, "Break Out" saw "The Pointer Sisters at their sassiest, brassiest, up-tempo best" according to Studio Review, and the rest of the world seemed to agree. The album featured such smashes as ‘Automatic’, "Jump (For My Love)", "Neutron Dance" (as featured in Beverly Hills Cop) and the classic party anthem "I’m So Excited". Still touring and performing their music to this day, Ruth Anika and Sadako make a rare appearance in the UK at Rewind Festival 2013 to close the weekend’s proceedings with a glamorous bang! Get your dancing shoes at the ready .. and get excited!
Fronted by the dapper Martin Fry, their debut album The Lexicon of Love, released in 1982, crashed straight into the charts at number one, showcasing a string of hits including "The Look of Love", "Tears Are Not Enough", "All Of My Heart" and "Poison Arrow". After five further albums and a greatest hits compilation, ABC bowed out of the spotlight in the early nineties, only to resurrect the name at the end of the decade much to the delight of their fans. In the past few years, highlights for the group included performing their debut album "The Lexicon of Love"in its entirety to a sell-out audience at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, over a quarter of a decade since its debut release. In December 2012 the group returned to London to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their debut, playing the album in its entirety alongside a selection of other material from across their career to another sell-out audience at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane; this time accompanied by the Southbank Sinfonia and conducted by Anne Dudley. Whether performing as a band or with an orchestra, Martin Fry is the consummate show man.
Originally formed in 1985, this Grammy nominated Anglo-Canadian rock band will always be remembered for their classic songs "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" and "I’ve Been in Love Before". Original singer and writer Nick van Eede performs every gig now with his amazing guitarist, Gareth Moulton. The past few years have brought festival appearances alongside Toto, Supertramp & Level 42. Their great live show has reached the hearts of audiences across the world and now Cutting Crew return to Rewind to rock the crowd once again.