Broken English (band)
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|Years active||1987 - 1991|
|Associated acts||The Counterfeit Stones|
|Members||Steve Elson: Vocals/Guitar
Jamie Moses: Guitar
Alan Coates: Guitar
Broken English were a British band formed in 1987 by Steve Elson (singer and guitarist), who at the time performed in a Rolling Stones tribute band. He wrote a song called "Comin' On Strong", which had a Stones sound to it. A friend, Oliver Smallman, heard the song and thought it was too good to be a one-off novelty song and encouraged Elson to put together a band and record more material. The first single did reasonably well, however the two follow-up singles did not fare so well as this is highlighted and detailed in the sleeve notes of their only album.
Rolling Stones references
Broken English made several nods to the Stones, including:
- The name of the band referenced the title of an album recorded by Marianne Faithfull.
- The band's record label was the same as the Stones had once used.
- Steve Elson - guitarist and singer - now lead singer with The Counterfeit Stones
- Jamie Moses - guitarist - has performed with Queen + Paul Rodgers, Brian May and Paul Young
- Alan Coates - guitarist - used to perform with The Hollies
- Paul Fenton - drums - used to perform with T.Rex
- Zak Starkey - drums - used to perform with Oasis
- Geoff Cooper - drums - used to perform with The Counterfeit Stones
The second single
According to the sleeve notes included with the album The Rough and the Smooth, it was suggested that Bruno Brookes' brother wrote a track for the band, which was included on the b-Side of "Love on the Side". When word got around this had happened, and as Bruno Brookes was a DJ at Radio 1 at the time, the recording disappeared from the playlist.
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|CD||Picture disc||12"||7"||Information||Music Video|
|"Comin' On Strong"||"Suffer in Silence"||
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|"Love on the Side"||"Deep in my Heart"||
|"Do You Really Want Me Back"
|"Do You Really Want Me Back"
7" Version & "Running Out"
Broken English recorded one album which was not released until 2007, nearly 20 years after it was first recorded. It's called Platinum. The sleeve notes of the album give a detailed history of the band and reasons for them slipping into obscurity.
- The Rough with the Smooth (2007)
1. "Show a Little Mercy"
2. "Straight Lace Girls"
3. "Don't Change"
4. "Emotional Suicide"
5. "You Take Me Away"
6. "Comin' On Strong"
8. "Ball 'n' Chain"
9. "Love on the Side"
10. "Woman of Stone"
11. "Do You Really Want Me Back"
12. "Comin' On Strong (2)"
13. "Fire Me Up"
14. "Rough Cut Diamonds"
15. "Running Out"
Comin on Strong features a full length music video of the band in their Ghostbusters look, playing the song in a run down work yard. Due to the visible steam of their breath, the video gives the impression that the band is in the cold outdoors.
Do You Really Want Me Back shows the band playing in a studio and is filmed in black and white. The video consists of a woman de icing a window allowing her to observe the band performing. At the end of the video the band appears in the style of the Take on Me video by A-ha.