I'm taking a slightly different tact with not another singer songwriter this week, I'm going to focus on 2 singers who combine former lead singer , not another and bigger than the beatles all in one go. This week I'm going to post about James Grant and Chris Thompson.
First off I'll start with the band where it all began - Friends Again.
Formed in Glasgow the band burned brightly for a short while with 5 singles (3 of which sunkissed , honey at the core and state of art released on their own label and are just glorious pop tunes) and one lp - Trapped and Unwrapped
Produced by Bob Sargeant who had more success with Haircut 100, the guitars jangled like Orange Juice and Aztec Camera but put through the mixer with a some country and some funk.
They were hotly tipped by the music press but in band tensions about future direction led them to self combust.
The following from the all music guide sums it up nicely
"While many of their compatriots wrote new wave pop songs propelled by jangling guitars, in Glasgow, Scotland's Friends Again distinguished themselves from their peers by combining '60s-influenced rock with funk, R&B, and country. Featuring Chris Thompson (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), James Grant (lead guitar, vocals), Neil Cunningham (bass), Paul McGeechan (keyboards), and Stuart Kerr (drums), Friends Again formed in 1982. The band produced three singles, Sunkissed, Honey at the Core, and State of Art on Moonbot Records before signing to Mercury Records. The group released a self-titled EP in 1983 and then recorded their debut album, Trapped and Unwrapped, in 1984. The LP explored the band's various musical influences, veering from '70s-style funk (Lullaby No. 2) to soulful balladry (Old Flame) sung with Thompson's David Bowie-esque croon. However, the LP received mixed reviews, namely for Bob Sargeant's slick production, and it was also a commercial failure. Longing for an outlet for his own songs, Grant left the group in 1984, and Friends Again immediately fell apart. Grant formed Love and Money in 1985, delving deeper in the funk, R&B, and country influences that guided Friends Again. McGeechan, Kerr, and Cunningham followed Grant in Love and Money while Thompson created The Bathers in 1987".
I've posted the extended version of one of those glorious first 3 singles
Sunkissed - Friends Again
Below is the video for State of Art - sadly the video hasn't dated half as well as the song!
And finally a live version of the third piece of perfect pop - big hair , sharp cheekbones and big guitars played with short shoulder straps how could it go wrong!!?