Band History

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14 Top of The Pops

Appearances

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David Jaymes co-formed Modern Romance  in 1981. That same year, a drummer and vocalist named Andy Kyriacou, joined

the band.  Andy's PR ideas were incorporated by the band for the release of the single, "Everybody Salsa" and within 8 weeks Modern Romance had their first chart hit!

The song was later rebranded, remixed and released as a single, reaching number 2 in the U.S. Billboard dance charts as "Can You Move."

This was followed up with "Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey" which made the top ten singles chart in the U.K.  and was soon followed up with "Queen of the Rapping Scene (Nothing Ever Goes The Way You Plan)". After another hit with "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" the band released "Best Years of Our Lives," a song which has since become an anthem for the 80s.

Three more hits followed in 1983. The first of these was "High Life",  followed by "Don't Stop That Crazy Rhythm" and finally their last chart hit,  the beautiful ballad, "Walking In The Rain" which became one of the biggest-selling singles of the year.

 

The band toured extensively in Europe and the Far East, picking up Gold Discs for tracks and albums released in several territories including Japan, Venezuela, Italy, Spain and of course, the U.K.

In 1999 Andy felt it was time to relaunch the band and reintroduce the unique Modern Romance Sound to a new generation. The band began touring that year and received a welcome boost when, in 2001, the first Shrek movie featured "Best Year of Our Lives" on the soundtrack.

Andy has made Modern Romance a successful 80s band and due to their immense popularity, they have become regulars on the retro music scene.

In 2019 the band released their first single since the 80s, putting out "Rhythm Is My Lover". An album titled "Their Greatest Hits" was released in December 2020, featuring all of their hits from the 80s plus six new songs.

 

 

The Hit List

year                weeks in chart

EVERYBODY SALSA                                                                                                      1981                               12 

AY AY AY AY MOOSEY                                                                                                   1981                               10

QUEEN OF THE RAPPING SCENE                                                                              1982                               37   

CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE                                                         1982                               15   

BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES                                                                                        1982                                4

HIGH LIFE                                                                                                                        1983                                8

DON'T STOP THAT CRAZY RHYTHM                                                                         1983                               14

WALKING IN THE RAIN                                                                                                 1983                                7