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Too much or nothing...

General Public is an English group and originally formed in 1983 by 2 ex The Beat, Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger. Who will be joined by prominent former members of other renowned bands such as Mickey Billingham (Dexys Midnight Runners), Mick Jones (The Clash), Horace Panther (The Specials) and Stoker (Dexys Midnight Runners).

Group which released its first album "All in the rage" in 1984 and for a first try it was rather successful since the album will know a nice course in the Charts. In particular thanks to the single which bears the name of the group but also, and above all, the enormous "Tenderness", a single which was also released in 1984 and which was to be a worldwide hit.

New album "Hand to mouth" two years later in 1986, less successful album but still successful. Album which will mainly produce the single "Too much or nothing".

We thought the adventure was over but they came back in force 8 years later in 1994 by signing one of the titles of the soundtrack of the film 'Threesome', title which will give them a last notorious success.

They will try to bounce back in 1995 with the release of a new album "Rub it better", album which will struggle to produce any major hit apart from the title "Rainy days", title which will be the only one to make talk about it.

A relative failure which will definitely seal the fate of the group which will separate shortly after ...

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • General public 1984

  • Diswasher 1984

  • Tenderness 1984

  • Never you done that 1985

  • Hot you’re cool 1985

  • Faults and all 1986

  • Too much or nothing 1986

  • In conversation 1986

  • I’ll take you there 1994

  • Rainy days 1995


Clips :

1984 ... first title and first entry success. It starts off rather well this new adventure of the 2 ex The Beat. It must be said that given their pedigree, we expected no less !

1984 ... a title that will only work in the Netherlands but since it is a story without words, a worldwide success would have been most astonishing ...

1984 ... on the other hand, the planetary success, the real one, there it is ! The group delivers here an enormous single which will remain like the biggest success of all their discography. Light, rhythmic, airy, everything to please as they say. HU-GE !

1985 ... difficult for the following title to compete necessarily. But the quality is once again at the rendezvous and we will largely be satisfied with it !

1985 ... this one on the other hand will have more difficulty to impose itself. At the end of 1985, the group was demoted in the leading pack, to say the least worrying. Attention danger...

1986 ... and the start of 1986 will be even worse. Inspiration is frankly lacking and the group pays cash for success in the Charts ...

1986 ... fortunately, business resumes with this title. The group came close to leaving the road ahead but was able to recover in time. Phew !

1986 ... unfortunately, the group relapses directly behind. Clearly, things get more and more complicated and the group cannot find a possible second wind that could have brought him back to the front of the race ...

1994 ... we thought their fate sealed but here they are back as if by a miracle in this year 1994. With the key to obtaining a totally unexpected top hit thanks to this revisited version of the Staple Singers title dating from 1972. Revisited version which will be part of the soundtrack of the movie 'Threesome'. This explains that...

1995 ... this time the group is indeed coming to the end of its adventure with this last title. Last title but new success all the same. An exit through the main door as they say ...


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