PAUL HARDCASTLE "19" (1985)
By Mark Nobes
Synth wizard, Paul Hardcastle, achieved success with a number of electro-pop hits during the 80s, and he received some acclaim for his early singles, notably the instrumental, electro-funk classic "Rain Forest", in 1984.
The musician came to greater prominence in 1985 with the No.1 single "19". The single hit the top of the charts in a dozen European counties, including Ireland, and also in New Zealand. It reached #15 in the U.S.
"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.
"JUST FOR MONEY" (1985)
Paul Hardcastle's follow-up single, "Just For Money", failed to make the same impact on the record-buying public as "19", ironically, peaking at #19 in the UK charts and #15 in Ireland. The song tells the story of a bank robbery, with the video featuring actor Bob Hoskins.
PAUL HARDCASTLE FT. CAROL KENYON "DON'T WASTE MY TIME" (1986)
"Don't Waste My Time" was the second single by Paul Hardcastle to reach the top 20 in the UK singles chart, peaking at #8 in 1986.
A newer version of the Paul Hardcastle album was released in 2007 and features ten extra tracks including three mixes of "19", three mixes of "Don't Waste My Time" and a 12 inch remix of "Just For Money".
"THE WIZARD" TOP OF THE POPS THEME
If you watched Top of the Pops between 1986 and 1991 you will certainly remember the theme music, which was created by Paul Hardcastle. I do remember Paul giving a very enthusiastic performance on the show, although the music was not actually performed live - this was the case for the majority of TV show performances during much of the 80s.