Everyday People (band)

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Everyday People
Origin UK
Genres Soul, R&B, jazz, funk, sophisti-pop
Years active 1990–1991
Labels SBK Records
Associated acts Floy Joy, Desi Campbell

Everyday People was a soul, R&B and jazz-influenced pop group formed in England who recorded one album and had success with a few singles across Europe.

History[edit]

Following the commercial failure of Floy Joy's 1986 album Weak in the Presence of Beauty, both vocalist Desi Campbell and Shaun Ward went separate ways. However by 1990, Campbell and Ward worked under the name Everyday People as a trio. Campbell had moved to Los Angeles and Ward moved to New York's club land. When both returned to Yorkshire, filled with enthusiasm, a reunification, this time alongside local guitarist, Lloyd Richards seemed the right option. The newly established record label SBK Records were sharpest to react and signed the band.[1] The band soon won the Radio One UK battle of the bands competition, and also went to Japan to play in the international finals at the famous Budokan.[2]

The band decided to work with producer Stewart Levine, as they opted for an organic sound for their debut album. In a 1990 interview with the group, Campbell noted "We'd had enough experience with producers and would really have preferred to do it ourselves. But Stewart didn't want to change a thing. He told us at the beginning that all he wanted to do was enhance what we already had, and that's exactly how it turned out."[3] The band flew out to Bearsville, New York and recorded an entire album without sample or sequence. The band's only album You Wash... I'll Dry was released in 1990 via SBK Records.[4] The album peaked at #26 in Germany.[5] The band's first single was "Headline News"[6] which gained some minor interest where it peaked at #99 in the UK,[7] #83 in the Netherlands[8] and #53 in Germany.[9]

"I Guess It Doesn't Matter" followed as the second single and was the band's most successful release.[10] The song peaked at #93 in the UK,[11] #24 in Switzerland[12] and #34 in Germany.[13] Both singles "Place in the Sun" and "This Kind of Woman" followed but failed to make any national impact across Europe.[14][15] The band's final single "Second Nature"[16] managed to peak at #54 in Germany.[17] During the year, the band toured Europe extensively, however the minor success caused the band to dissolve.

Members[edit]

  • Desi Campbell - Vocals
  • Shaun Ward - Bass guitar
  • Lloyd T. Richards - Guitar

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Headline News" (1990)
  • "I Guess It Doesn't Matter" (1990)
  • "Place in the Sun" (1990)
  • "This Kind of Woman" (1990)
  • "Second Nature" (1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Everyday People Interview". Desi Campbell. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Bio". Play Drums With Gordy Marshall. 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Everyday People Interview". Desi Campbell. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Everyday People (5) - You Wash... I'll Dry at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  5. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Everyday People (5) - Headline News at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  7. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Headline News by Everyday People Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Everyday People - Headline News". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  9. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  10. ^ "Everyday People (5) - I Guess It Doesn't Matter at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  11. ^ "The Official Charts Company - I Guess It Doesn't Matter by Everyday People Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Everyday People - I Guess It Doesn't Matter". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  13. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  14. ^ "Everyday People (5) - Place In The Sun at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  15. ^ "Everyday People (5) - This Kind Of Woman (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  16. ^ "Everyday People (5) - Second Nature at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  17. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2012-12-01.