Remember the early eighties when the new romantics were on the rise? The music press at the time was always telling us the next big thing was going to be Latin American influenced music - salsa and beguine were the buzzwords. At the forefront of this movement was Blue Rondo A La Turk, followed by…er…can’t remember any others unless you include Modern Romance who had some novelty hits on the back of all the hype. The critics were kind to Blue Rondo but the commercial breakthrough never happened (and neither did the salsa/beguine movement as far as I can remember).
Here’s a song I’ve been enjoying recently from their 1982 Chewing The Fat album (some guy on Ebay wants £30 for a copy):
Two members (Mark Reilly and Danny White) left and found more commercial success as Matt Bianco by simplifying the formula and getting in a more TV/radio friendly singer in the form of Basia Trzetrzelewska.
Buy Matt Bianco here.