Howard Jones had a very novel sense of fashion. He had a wacky 80s haircut that probably took at least two hours to prepare, but then, bizarrely, wore what looked like one of his dad's pullovers to complete his look. Thankfully, his music made much more sense.
Released in September 1983 (Early '84 in the US), the aptly-titled New Song was Howard Jones' debut single from his debut album Human's Lib, and reached #3 in the UK. It spent twenty weeks in the Top 75.
The song also reached #27 in the Billboard Hot 100 and featured in the movie Supergirl. The Human's Lib album featured his best songs which combined catchy synthpop melodies and thought-provking lyrics. The lyrics passed me by as a teenager growing-up in the eighties. But now, after listening to them more closely I've come to realise that he was a songwriting genius.
New Song featured on the 80s synth artist's debut album Human Lib which entered the UK album charts at #1 and sold 100,000 copies within the first week. The album spent 57 weeks in the charts.
If you've ever seen Howard Jones live then you'll know that he's a damn fine pianist. Newer versions of some of his songs are more piano-based, and had he released these back in the 80s he would probably have gained more notoriety as a musician like Elton John. But he should be proud that he used synthesizers and embraced the New Wave sound on his first album - so much more interesting!