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102.5 KEZK presents Back To The Eighties: The Retro Futura Tour
August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. The first two albums, ‘Humans Lib’ and ‘Dream into Action’, brought Howard a host of hits including ‘New Song’,‘Things Can Only Get Better,’ ‘What is Love?,’ ‘Pearl In The Shell,’ ‘Like to Get To know You Well,’ ‘Hide And Seek’ (performed at Live Aid), ‘Look Mama,’ and ‘No One Is To Blame’, which reached No.1 in the US. Howard has sold over 8 million albums across the globe and is one of a select group of British artists who have comprehensively ‘broken America’.
The English Beat
Hailing from working-class Birmingham, England, Dave Wakeling and The English Beat entered the music scene in the 1979 – a time of social, political and musical upheaval. They managed to fuse all of their respective musical influences – soul, reggae, pop and punk – into a unique sound that was highly danceable. Today Wakeling tours with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing the hits of The English Beat and General Public.
Modern English are an English rock band best remembered for their songs ‘I Melt with You,’ ‘Hands Across the Sea,’ and ‘Ink and Paper.’
Men Without Hats
The new wave synth pop collective Men Without Hats were formed in 1980 by brothers Ivan and Stefan Doroschuk. Ivan was the leader of the group, writing the majority of the songs and providing the lead vocals. Taken from their debut, the single ‘The Safety Dance’ became a major hit, peaking on the American charts at number three in 1983. Driven by an insistent three-chord synthesizer riff, the song was one of the biggest synth pop hits of the new wave era.
Katrina and The Waves had their first big break in 1984 when The Bangles covered their song ‘Going Down To Liverpool’. This drew attention to the group and lead to a deal with Capitol Records. Their first album was a substantial critical and commercial success and ‘Walking on Sunshine’ was a worldwide hit earning top ten spots around the globe. Since then, the song has been broadcasted over 2,500,000 times in the U.S.
Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow
Annabella Lwin, at the tender age of 14, was one of the most photographed, talked about and popular vocalists in the early 80’s with her band, BOW WOW WOW, who enjoyed success with massive hits such as ‘I Want Candy’, ’Do U wanna Hold Me?’, ‘Go Wild in the Country’ and ‘C30, C60, C90, Go!’ Her unique vocals defined the sound of a new and energetic pop culture; her memorable performances influencing and inspiring a brand new wave of up‐and‐coming artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins and Green Day amongst others.