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The Flying Pickets...

The Flying Pickets is an English group formed by Brian Hibbard in 1982 from a group of actors from the '7:84 Theater Group' whose particularity is to sing A cappella. The group will thus be composed, in addition to its founder, of Rick Lloyd, Gareth Williams, David Brett, Ken Gregson and Red Stripe.

The name of the group is said to be a reference to the flying strikers who would have distinguished themselves during the famous miners' strike between 1972 and 1974. A group which from the start stood out from the others just by its unique style : the enormous Favorites of Hibbard, Stripe's eye makeup as well as the dress of the rest of the troupe to say the least.

Their first single, released in 1983, is indeed a luxury cover of Yazoo's track "Only you" released the previous year. And what a cover ! The group will make a real worldwide hit and see himself propelled in a sensational way on the front of the stage.

Their first album "Lost boys" was released a year later in 1984. An album which in turn enjoyed considerable success but which already showed a certain decline in the public's enthusiasm for the group.

A year 1984 which coincides with the enormous strikes of miners across the Channel and during which the group will invest enormously to support them. A support which they will pay a high price because some radio stations, record companies and record stores will decide to boycott them outright.

A marginalization that will unfortunately be fatal for the group and everything that will come out thereafter, singles as albums, will find very little echo from the public.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Only you 1983

  • When you’re young and in love 1984

  • So close 1984

  • Who’s that girl 1984

  • Only the lonely 1985

  • Sealed with a kiss 1985

  • Take my breath away 1986

  • Englishman in New York 1991

  • Tainted love 1992


Clips :

1983 ... just a single title, THIS title, was enough to bring the group One Shot into the musical legend of the 80s. All thanks to this revisited and above all particularly original version of Yazoo's title dating from 1982. MAS-TER-FUL !

1984 ... this time it's a title from the Marvelettes dating from 1967 that they bring up to date, at least to their liking. Unfortunately, this sequel will not really have the same level of success as the previous title ...

1984 ... the beginnings were sensational, the rest will be much more complicated to manage. Their totally offbeat style will have worked on one title, much less on the others unfortunately ...

1984 ... they do not demerit, it is clear, by cover one of the flagship titles of Eurythmics and dating from 1983. But at the time of synths and rhythm machines, their so particular style finds only little echo especially with young audiences ...

1985 ... that does not prevent them from moving forward anyway. Even if the success is mainly limited to England, they still believe in it. Not for long unfortunately ...

1985 ... this revisited version of one of the flagship titles of the Sixties and interpreted by Brian Hayland at the time is far from being ridiculous. But this time, mass is said, the group leaves the Charts for good ...

1986 ... this time, they tackle the flagship title of Berlin and which dates from the same year. Good job once again but with no more results ...

1991 ... they will even try the passage to the decade 90 with this cover of the title of Sting dating from 1988. What did not work any more during the decade 80 is not likely to work during the decade 90. Nice try but lost advanced bet...

1992 ... they attack to finish with the enormous title of Soft Cell dating from 1981, version which was already a cover of the original title of Gloria Jones dating from 1965. A last title to close an adventure for the less original !


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