14 Top of The Pops
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 third 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, 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