This was T'Pau's very first single release and the lead single from Bridge Of Spies. After featuring in a Pepe Jeans advert, the song became a big hit, reaching No.4 in both the USA and UK. It features rapping in a kind of Pet Shop Boys style, which then overlaps the actual main lyrics. Having not listened to this track for a very long time, it now sounds kind of strange. I guess the producer, Roy Thomas Baker, was trying to be clever!
This eighties power ballad was my favourite track from the Bridge Of Spies album, and the last top ten single in the UK for T'Pau, peaking at #9. The song was written by the band's guitarist Ronnie Rogers and lead singer Carol Decker. The B-side was entitled Giving My Love Away.
A reissue was released in 1993 to help promote the compilation album Heart And Soul - The Very Best Of T'Pau, although it failed to make a dent in the Top 40, stalling at #53.
This official video clip by Absolute Radio features T'Pau lead singer Carol Decker being interviewed at the 80s Rewind festival in the summer of 2012. Eighties band T'Pau disbanded in 1991, but reformed with a totally new line-up in 1998, with Decker remaining as the lead singer. They now regularly perform at eighties nostalgia festivals.
T'Pau's last British hit was back in 1991 with Whenever You Need Me. Reaching #16, this was the lead single from the band's third studio album The Promise.
Carol Decker married restaurateur Richard Coates in 2006, but her partner during the the band's golden years was band member Ronnie Rogers, who also co-wrote many of T'Pau's songs with Carol.
Lyrics for China In Your Hand