British Hit Singles
1981 Happy Birthday #2
1981 I Could Be Happy #7
1982 See Those Eyes #11
1982 Pinky Blue #35
1983 Don't Talk To Me About Love #7
1983 Bring Me Closer #29
1983 Love To Stay #46
1983 Change Of Heart #83
1981 Happy Birthday #26
1982 Pinky Blue #12
1983 Bite #16
Chart positions shown are for the UK
Happy Birthday was cruelly kept off the top spot but stayed at No.2 for three weeks. The song was the title track from the album and also featured in the John Hughes coming-of-age film Sixteen Candles. The B-side was entitled So We Go Whispering and the 12" vinyl also included the track Jeepster.
The lead single from second album Pinky Blue saw the band venture further into the mainstream pop world. You can see a Top of the Pops performance in the playlist (above) where Clare Grogan wore a kind of plastic style wedding dress, along with what looked like toilet paper stuck in her hair. It was a fine example of the fun and quirky 80s fashion styles of the early 80s, and as ridiculous as she may have looked to many now watching the video, she didn't need to resort to taking half of her clothes off to get attention, at least.
There were mixed reviews from the critics, with Smash Hits awarding just five stars. Bite was was also the least commercially successful album and the band split-up after a final tour.
Don't Talk To Me about Love (1983)
Lead singer Clare Grogan attempted to start a solo career in 1987 with the release of Love Bomb on London Records. However, the single flopped and the forthcoming album Trash Mad and single Strawberry were shelved by London Records. Another band member Johnny McElhone went on to perform with Hipsway and then Texas.