Synthpop band Blancmange formed just before the start of the great eighties, in 1979. Originally, the band had three members; Neil Arthur, Stephen Luscombe and Lawrence Stevens, although Stevens left before they had even recorded and released any songs.
The remaining duo released their first EP in 1980 entitled Irene & Mavis. The first album, Happy Families, was released in 1982, reaching #30 in the British album charts. After the first two singles Gods Kitchen/I've Seen The World and Feel Me failed to break into the UK Top 40, it came as a bit of a surprise when the third single, Living On The Ceiling, became a top ten hit, peaking at #7. This was the first of seven consecutive Top 40 hits between 1982 and 1985.
Happy Families (1982) #30
Mange Tout (1984) #8
Believe You Me (1985) #54
Blanc Burn (2011) #163
The video clip features Blancmange performing on Top Of The Pops on 19th April 1984, after being introduced by Radio One DJ Gary Davies - check out the eighties fashion!
Don't Tell Me was Blancmange's second biggest hit single, peaking at #8 in the UK, and was the third single to be lifted from the band's second album Mange Tout.
Other hits from the album in release order were; Blind Vision (#10), That's Love Like It Is (#33) and the fourth and final single The Day Before You Came (#22) which was a cover of the Abba song.
Living On The Ceiling 12" front sleeve