Official Video for the 80s song What Is Love?
What Is Love? was the second single to be lifted from Howard Jones' first and most
successful album Human's Lib. Released on 26th November 1983, the synthpop tune charted one place higher than the debut single New Song and peaked at No.2 in the UK singles chart in 1983. What Is Love? also charted in the U.S., peaking at #33 during the summer of 1984. The song was also used in the 1984 movie Supergirl.
Welsh Synthpop solo artist Howard Jones had a string of hits in the 80s including New Song, Like To Get To Know You Well and Life In One Day. Overall, he achieved ten Top 40 hit singles during the 1980's. My personal favourite, though, is Pearl In The Shell, where Howard sings "and the feel goes on!".
His stunning debut album Human's Lib - this topped the British album charts - was his most successful in the UK. However, n the US Howard's second album Dream Into Action was more successful. This was released in 1983, reaching #2 in the UK (#10 in the states) and spending 57 weeks in the album charts. It featured the hit singles New Song, What is Love?, Hide and Seek and Pearl in the Shell.
Released in March 1985, the second album Dream Into Action was also a big hit, peaking at #2 in the UK album charts.
October 1986 saw the release of a third album, One To One, which peaked at #10, although only the lead single, All I Want, managed to reach the UK Top 40, peaking at #35.
The final album of the 80s, Cross That Line, was not commercially successful, stalling at #64 (#59 in the U.S.) and producing no hit singles.
Starting with New Song, Howard Jones achieved a run of ten successive Top 40 hits during the 1980s, the final one being All I Want in 1986, which was the musician's last Top 40 hit in the UK.
This was my favourite track from Howard's debut album Human's Lib. It was the fourth and final single to be lifted from the album and peaked at #7 in the UK. The saxophone solo is played by Davey Payne who was in Ian Dury's band The Blockheads.
The third single from the Human's Lib album reached No.12 in the UK singles chart, which was slightly disappointing after the previous single What is Love had reached No.2 in 1983.
However, a No.12 in the 80s was stilll very successful and would probably have shifted more copies than the majority of the singles from recent years.
The B-side featured two instrumental tracks Tao Te Ching and China Dance.
I bought this single on 12" from Woolworth's, although I managed to break it within a week and had use sticky tape on the B-side to hold it together - I haven't heard the B-side since then!
Released in August 1984 (Sept in the U.S.), this was Howard's fifth single release, reaching #4 in the UK and #49 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song featured on The 12" album and was also added as an extra track to the second studio album Dream Into Action. The B-side was entitled Bounce Right Back. The 12 inch vinyl featured the International Remix of the A-side and the Cause + Effect Mix of the B-side.
Look Mama was Howard Jones' seventh hit single of the 80s,
reaching #10 in the UK in 1985. It was the second single to be released
from his second studio album Dream Into Action, and the follow-up to Things Can Only Get Better which had reached #6 in the UK singles chart.
This single was taken from his third album One to One. Sadly, this was the start of the slippery slope for Howard, as this was the first single not to reach the top 40 - it peaked at No.43.
Front sleeve from the Japanese import of for You Know I Love You Don't You?