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Life's rich tapestry...

Modern English is an English group formed in 1979 in Colchester by Robbie Gray, Gary McDowell and Michael Conroy. Who will be joined quickly by Richard Brown and Stephen Walker.

Their first single "Limp" was released in 1979 and was only very successful.

It was a year later in 1980 that the band had their first two hits with "Swans on glass" and "Gathering dust". Modest successes but success nonetheless.

The year 1981 saw the release of their first album "Mesh & Lace". Album that performs a more than honorable journey in the Charts. Ditto for the single “Smiles and laughter” which came out the same year.

The beginning of international recognition began in 1982 when the album "After the snow" was released. Album driven mainly by the hit "I melt with you" which will go strong on both sides of the Atlantic.

Two years later in 1984 the album "Ricochet days" was released, which in turn was popular with the public. “Chapter 12” will be the flagship single and to a lesser extent “Hands across the sea”.

The album "Stop Start" was released two years later in 1986 but went relatively unnoticed. The group did not recover and imploded shortly thereafter.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Gathering dust 1980

  • Smiles and laughter 1981

  • Life in the gladhouse 1982

  • I melt with you 1982

  • Someone’s calling 1983

  • Chapter 12 1984

  • Hand across the sea 1984

  • Ink and paper 1986

  • Life's rich tapestry 1990


Clips :

1980 ... remarkable beginnings which positioned the group from the outset as one of the best prospects of the moment. A case to be continued...

1981 ... the level rises, slowly, but surely. Admittedly, the group has not yet found 'its' style but we are getting closer ...

1982 ... the BIG year. That starts quietly, of course, but the best is yet to come, you just need to be patient ...

1982 ... the group has finally found its style. Result of the races : a first top hit which finally devotes them to the planetary level

1983 ... the years go by but are not necessarily alike. Grand cru 1982, much less in 1983. A small hit and then goes ...

1984 ... even years are doing quite well for them. The proof with this excellent title which will undoubtedly remain as one of their most emblematic...

1984 ... a title which will only be classified on the other side of the Atlantic. No one is a prophet in his country as they say. But at least it allows them to save the furniture ...

1986 ... not much to eat in this new year. A title that will not even be classified despite a significant quality however ...

1990 ... a new decade which will see them disappear from the radar, like many colleagues. An atypical group which will have produced, in any case, several high class titles


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