Synth wizard, Paul
Hardcastle, had a number of electro-pop hits during the 80s, and he
achieved some acclaim for his early
singles, notably the instrumental, electro-funk
classic "Rain Forest" (in 1984). However, the musician came to greater prominence in 1985
with the No.1 single "19".
"19" was released as the first single from his
self-titled third studio album Paul Hardcastle . The song
features a strong anti-war message about the soldiers who served in the
Vietnam war, and the physical and mental scars that they endured.
He had several other UK hits including "Don't Waste My Time" (No.8 - UK) and "The Wizard" (No.15 - UK) which was the theme tune for the BBC music programme Top Of The Pops.