The Helicopters were a South African pop rock band active in the 1980s. They formed in 1981 in Vereeniging and were stylistically similar to the new wave bands Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls. Benjy Mudie signed the group to Warner Bros. Records in 1984, where they released one album and several singles; in 1987 they moved to Epic and released a second full-length before disbanding. The band scored several hit singles in South Africa, including "Mysteries and Jealousy". The group was a popular concert draw, able to fill stadiums in its home country.
- Love Attack (1985, WEA)
- In the Flesh (1987, Epic)
- What Affair EP (1988, Gallo)
- The Best Of The Helicopters (2002, RetroFresh)
- "Flying High" (Klingel, 1981)
- "Mysteries and Jealousy" (Warner, 1984)
- "Miles and Miles Apart" (Warner, 1984)
- "Kissing For Pleasure" (Warner, 1984)
- "Only for You" (Warner, 1985)
- "Come and Dance" (Warner, 1985)
- "I Wanna Live in Hollywood" (Warner, 1986)
- "Whisper Your Secret" (1987, Epic)
- Bernard Binns
- Bert Askes
- John Mason
- Andre van den Heever
- Piet Koen
- Franco de Nuzzo
- Nick Matzukis
- Macjek Scheibel
- Paul Hughes
- Martin Ledger
- Alistair Broadhead
- Carole Walsh
- John McKeen
- Pete Delahaye
- Rob Lax
- Amuzine CD of the Week Archives. (Wayback Machine cache.) Accessed January 25, 2010.
- Interview with Bernard Binns. Accessed May 11, 2007.
- Garth Chilvers and Tom Jasiukowicz, "The Helicopters". History of Contemporary Music of South Africa (Toga Publishing, 1994), p. 53.
- Backbites. The Independent, May 13, 1995.
- Nils van der Linden, "An Outsider Looking In". iafrica.com, September 18, 2007.
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