THE KIDS FROM FAME "HI FIDELITY" (1982)
There was no escape from the gang of American dance students when you switched on the TV either, as the Fame TV series became hugely popular here in the UK.
Walk into any music store (in my case, Woolworths) and you would have found it almost impossible to avoid the flyers promoting the kids' debut album which topped the British album charts for a whopping 12 weeks - it felt like a lifetime - and by the 12th week you were extremely tempted to ask the nearest young teen girl if you could borrow their leg warmers to shove in your ears and use as ear muffs!
The first of a number of singles, Hi-Fidelity was released in the summer of 1982 and reached #5 in the UK. Apparently, the only members of the group to actually contribute to the song-writing process on the group's songs was Lee Curreri on synths (he played Bruno Martelli) and Lori Singer (Julie Miller) on Cello. You can see both of them on the Hi-Fidelity single sleeve photo below. The group's follow-up single "Starmaker" was also a top 5 hit.
As we all know, the pop music industry is a fickle business and by the summer of 1983 the British audience was already beginning to lose interest in the gang's songs, with the single Body Language stalling at #76 in the charts. However, the TV series continued on BBC1 until 1987.