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Kane Gang were a sophisti-pop/blues rock trio from North East England that scored several UK and U.S. hits in the 1980s. Named after the movie Citizen Kane, the trio recorded for the indie record label, Kitchenware, that was also home to Prefab Sprout.
Vocalists Martin Brammer (born 13 May 1957, Seaham, County Durham) and Paul Woods, plus multi-instrumentalist Dave Brewis formed the trio in 1982, after meeting while in small local bands, and signed to a small record label, which led to a deal with London Records in 1984.
Their debut album, Bad and Lowdown World of the Kane Gang (released in the U.S. as Lowdown), was released the following year. It spawned two UK hit singles. These were "Closest Thing to Heaven" (#12) and a cover of The Staples Singers' "Respect Yourself" (#21). The latter was also a hit in Australia, reaching #19. The album had a decent pedigree, being produced by Pete Wingfield, and having both P. P. Arnold and Sam Brown as backing vocalists.
The band's next album, Miracle, was released in 1987 and spawned two U.S. hit singles: "Motortown" (#36 US / #45 UK) and another cover - this time of Dennis Edwards' "Don't Look Any Further" (#64 US / #52 UK). The latter hit #1 on the US Dance Charts.
Woods left the band in 1991 to attempt a solo career. Woods and Brewis also worked on an album which was never released.
Kane Gang performed the music for the "Ooh Gary Davies... On Your Radio" jingle for BBC Radio 1. As was the fashion around that time, bands would adapt songs to provide the radio station with a jingle, and embed the hook of the track in the public's consciousness. The Gary Davies jingle was based on their track "Smalltown Creed" (from The Bad & Lowdown World of the Kane Gang LP). The same track was used as the basis for the theme tune of the long running Children's BBC Byker Grove, the television programme that launched the careers of Ant & Dec (as PJ & Duncan) and Donna Air.
- Beverley Knight - various songs on her Music City Soul album
- Tina Turner - "Open Arms"
- Lighthouse Family - "Lifted", "Loving Every Minute" and "Raincloud"
- James Morrison - "Undiscovered" and "The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore"
- Sheena Easton - "Time Bomb" (from her What Comes Naturally album)
- Roland Gift - "Flown"
- Nick Carter - "My Confession" and "Is It Saturday Yet?" (from his Now or Never album)
- Jack McManus - "Bang on the Piano"
- Tony Moran and Nicki Richards - "Lighthouse"
- 1985: The Bad and Lowdown World of the Kane Gang - UK Albums Chart #21
- 1987: Miracle - UK #41; U.S. Billboard 200 #115
- 2007: The Miracle of The Kane Gang (double CD collection released on Kitchenware Records, containing tracks from the two albums plus previously unreleased tracks and B-sides)
- 1983: "Brother Brother"
- 1984: "Smalltown Creed" - UK #60
- 1984: "Closest Thing to Heaven" - UK #12
- 1984: "Respect Yourself" - UK #21; Australia #19
- 1985: "Gun Law" - UK #53
- 1987: "Motortown" - UK #45; U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #36
- 1987: "What Time Is It?"
- 1988: "Don't Look Any Further" - UK #52; U.S. #64
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. dance chart
- Number-one dance hits of 1988 (USA)
- List of 1980s one-hit wonders in the United States
- List of performers on Top of the Pops
- Bands and musicians from Yorkshire and North East England
- Now That's What I Call Music 4 (UK series)
- Allmusic.com - overview
- "Allmusic ((( Kane Gang > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))".
- Allmusic.com discography - songs
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 296. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Allmusic.com - Charts & Awards