Tailor-made to win...
Bucks Fizz is an English group formed in 1981 and made up of Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston. A group whose particularity is to have been specially formed to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, a competition that they will also win with the title "Making your mind up".
Thanks to this victory, the title made a real worldwide hit and allowed the group to reach a phenomenal level of notoriety. The title will sell nearly 4 million copies worldwide !
A first eponymous album was released the same year, an album which in turn was a hit. Album from which another top hit will be extracted with the single “Piece of the action”, a much more pop-oriented single. The group capitalizes on the enormous success of "Making your mind up" and is quickly becoming one of the biggest phenomena of the moment across the Channel.
A decidedly exceptional year 1981 which ended in style with the release of a last top hit "The land of make believe".
1982 got off to a good start with the release of the single "My camera never lies". Single which will not know the level of success of its predecessors but which carries out a nice course in the Charts. The album "Are you ready" follows in the process and is also less successful than its predecessor except across the Channel. Album which will contain the 2 singles hits released previously but which will struggle to produce others.
A year 1982 which ended in the best possible way with the release of the single "If you can’t stand the heat", single which allows them to record a new success of great caliber. And which also allows them to have the royal privilege of performing in front of the Queen and the Queen Mother !
The year 1983 saw the release of the album "Hand Cut", an album which was not spared by the critics and which only produced the hit mentioned above. A year that will ultimately be saved by the release of "When we were young", and to a lesser extent "London town", 2 singles on their first compilation which will be released at the end of the year.
A year later in 1984, the album "I hear talk" was released, an album which saw the group's sound evolve considerably. Just like their look. Album that allows them to return to success but, once again, only across the Channel. A year which almost came to a dramatic end when the bus that took them to Newcastle on December 11 for a concert suffered a serious road accident. All the members of the group are more or less severely injured.
This did not prevent the group from releasing new singles a few months later during the year 1985, an eventful year which saw them undermined by tensions, scandals and internal rivalries. Singles with limited success and contained in their future album "Writing on the wall" which will be released one year later in 1986. Album which will allow them to experience a last major success the same year with the title "New beginning (Mamba Seyra )”.
The group will release a few more titles thereafter but which will in no way know the level of success of the previous ones.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Making your mind up 1981
Piece of the action 1981
One ot those nights 1981
The land of make believe 1981
My camera never lies 1982
Now those days are gone 1982
If you can’t stand the heat 1982
Run for your life 1983
When we were young 1983
London town 1983
Talking in your sleep 1984
Golden days 1984
I hear talk 1984
You and your heart so blue 1985
New beginning (Mamba Seyra) 1986
Love the one you’re with 1986
Keep each other warm 1986
Heart of stone 1988
1981 ... perfectly pre-formatted beginnings which will allow these 4 little youngsters to pass from shadow to light in a sensational way. Usually, winning Eurovision turns out to be complicated to manage afterwards. They will be the exception ...
1981 ... as a rule Eurovision winners disappear as quickly as they appeared. The group decided to prove that he can exist on his own. And it will work !
1981 ... well, it is clear that there is a very marked ABBA aftertaste. 2 women, 2 men, same musical style, it still smells strongly of copy. With a little less talent ...
1981 ... for a first year of existence, the success is still quite incredible. They started the year with a bang, it will end in the same way with this title which will remain as one of their most emblematic. HU-GE !
1982 ... a group which will quickly find a style and a sound of its own and which will allow him to exist well beyond a victory at Eurovision like most of their predecessors
1982 ... well, it is true that sometimes, we border on caricature. And when it's really too conspicuous, the public is not fooled and does not necessarily follow ...
1982 ... a register that suits them much better. Of course, they will never compete with the heavyweights of Dance but when they want, they are far from being ridiculous
1983 ... of a group which should have lasted only a few months, we are already at a few years. A nice feat to be attributed to an obvious know-how and a certain talent
1983 ... the 'big' hit of the year. A title that allows them to stay in the middle of the peloton, quietly, and especially surely
1983 ... still one of their most iconic titles. A BIG year 1983 with several titles of great caliber which prove an obvious desire to do well. HU-GE !
1984 ... who could have imagined that they would want to resume this title from the Romantics dating from the previous year. The 2 groups don't really play in the same category, that's clear. But hey, the cover is not ridiculous, far from it
1984 ... we feel a slow, but obvious, deceleration of the group which starts seriously to unscrew in the Charts. It is true that their style is starting to look somewhat outdated in the middle of the decade ...
1984 ... this does not prevent them from continuing on their way. For how long, that's a good question ...
1985 ... sudden acceleration of the tempo to try to catch up with the leading pack but that will not be enough unfortunately. A very nice group, moreover, but which is seriously starting to show its limits ...
1986 ... they still manage to deliver one last big-caliber title when we thought they were lost body and soul. Like what, we must always believe in it !
1986 ... the end is fast approaching and it is unfortunately not this title which will be able to prevent anything. The competition is now light years away ...
1986 ... a group with an imposing discography, certainly of unequal quality, but they will at least have had the merit of believing in it until the end. Respect !
1988 ... the last classified title and almost the last title at all. An adventure that will have lasted almost a decade and my faith, it's already not bad !
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