King (band)

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This article is about the new wave band from the mid-1980s. For the electro/dance/rap/pop band, see KING (band).
King
Origin Coventry, England
Genres New wave, 2 Tone, pop rock, soul
Years active 1984–1986
Labels CBS
Past members Paul King
Mick Roberts
Anthony "Tony" Wall
Jim "Jackal" Lantsbery

King were a British new wave pop band. The band achieved chart success in 1985, and are best known for their hit single "Love and Pride" which reached number 2 in the UK. The band had two Top 20 albums (both certified Gold) and five Top 30 singles in the space of a year.

The band's name comes from the surname of lead singer Paul King.

Overview[edit]

The band was formed from the remnants of Coventry rock-ska band The Reluctant Stereotypes along with producer Paul Sampson. After The Reluctant Stereotypes, singer Paul King formed The Raw Screens, who perfected their act and style to what Paul King and his manager Perry Haines called "Multi Tone", a reference to "Two Tone", and then, in 1983, relaunched the group as self-named band King.[1]

As lead singer, Paul King wore a 'cockatoo' haircut and spray-painted Doc Marten's Boots - a look described "like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."[2] The band released two UK Top 20 albums on CBS, both produced and mixed by Richard James Burgess, who also played drums on most of the debut album Steps in Time (the second LP, Bitter Sweet, saw Adrian Lillywhite on drums). Both albums were certified gold and produced five hit singles, the most successful being the UK No. 2 hit, "Love & Pride".[3]

Despite a year of success, the band split up in 1986. In 1987 Paul King released a solo album entitled Joy, produced by American producer Dan Hartman. After that, he briefly worked as a VJ for MTV. From 1988 to the present, though, his TV appearances have become increasingly infrequent.

In 1998, a compilation album was released, entitled The Best of King - Love & Pride, with 18 tracks, featuring the band's greatest hits and stand-out tracks, including Paul King's one minor solo hit, "I Know".

The only single of the band's to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 was "Love & Pride", which peaked at No. 55 in September 1985.

Line-up[edit]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year A-side B-side UK Singles Chart[3]
April 1984

CBS

"Love & Pride"

(12": Body & Soul Mix)

"Don't Stop"

"Classic Strangers" (12")

84
August 1984

CBS

"Soul On My Boots"

(12": Rub-A-Dub Mix)

"Ain't No Doubt"

"Fools" (12")

-
October 1984

CBS

"Won't You Hold My Hand Now"

(12": Heavy Times Mix)

"Endlessly"

"Never Ending" (12")

-
January 1985

CBS A4948 Reissue 7", 12"

"Love & Pride"

(12": Body & Soul Mix)

"Don't Stop"

"Classic Strangers" (12")

2
March 1985

CBS

7", limited double 7"**, 12"

"Won't You Hold My Hand Now" (remix)

(12":Youth Mix)

"Fish" (Reprise) (Live, Glasgow 26.1.85)

"Won't You Hold My Hand Now" (Encore, Live)**

"And As For Myself" (Live)**

24
August 1985

CBS 7", 12"

"Alone Without You"

(12": Scorcher Mix)

"I Kissed The Spiky Fridge" (Rock Hard Mix)

"Love & Pride" (USA Summer Mix) (12")

8
October 1985

CBS A6618 7", 12"

"The Taste Of Your Tears"

(12": Breaker Heart Mix)

"Crazy Party"

"Alone Without You" - The Reprise (12")

11
January 1986

CBS QTA6761

"Torture"

(12": PF Extended Mix)

"Groovin' With The Kings"

"These Things" (Reprise)(12")

23
1987

CBS PKING1 Paul King solo

"I Know" "Some Risks"
59[4]
1987

CBS PKING2 Paul King solo

"Follow My Heart"

(12": Heartbeat Mix)

"Love, Pride and Brutality"
-
1987

CBS Paul King solo

"Smug and Irritating"  ?
-

Albums[edit]

  • Steps in Time (1984) - King - UK No. 6[3]
  • Bitter Sweet (1985) - King - UK No. 16[3]
  • Joy (1987) - Paul King solo
  • The Best of King - Love & Pride (1998) - King & Paul King collection


References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC - Coventry and Warwickshire - Entertainment - Pop into the Past
  2. ^ icCoventry - King of the charts
  3. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 301. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 302. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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