Fashion (band)

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Fashion
Also known asFashion Music
(stylized as "Fàshiön Music"; 1978–1980)
Fashion
(stylized as "Fashiøn"; 1980–1984, 2009)
OriginBirmingham, England
GenresNew wave, post-punk, synthpop
Years active1978–1984, 2009
LabelsFàshiön Music
I.R.S.
Cherry Red
Associated actsTroy Tate
Shake
The Teardrop Explodes
Nature's Pocket
Past membersDik Daviss
John Mulligan
Luke Sky
Tony Dial
Ian Moore
De Harriss
Martin Recchi
Al Darby
Troy Tate

Fashion was a British new wave band, primarily active from 1978-1984, with a brief revival in 2009. They began as a post-punk band, before developing into a new wave/synthpop ensemble that placed three singles on the lower reaches of the UK charts in 1982-84.

History[edit]

Fashion went through several line-up overhauls during its initial existence between 1978 and 1984. John Mulligan (synthesiser, bass) and Dik Daviss (drums) were constants, but the band's frontman changed with each of the band's three albums.

Post-punk years: Fàshiön Music[edit]

Fashion was formed originally as Fàshiön Music, in Birmingham, England, in 1978, and consisted of John Mulligan (bass, synthesizer), Dik Davis (drums), and Al James (vocals, guitar). James became known as Luke Sky, or simply Luke or Lûke (short for "Luke Skyscraper" - a reference to the Star Wars character Luke Skywalker and the fact that James was tall and thin),[1] while John Mulligan was known simply as Mulligan and Dik Davis simply as Dïk (or "Dik Mamba" on their debut single).

In 1978, they also founded their own Fàshiön Music label;[2] from this point forward, the band was generally (though not completely consistently) identified as Fashion, as distinct from the name of their self-owned label.

Fashion released their first two singles ("Steady Eddie Steady" and "Citinite") as independent issues on the UK in 1978/79. The group was quickly picked up by I.R.S., who put out a third single in the US in September 1979, "The Innocent".[3][4]

Their sound was varied, playing punk, post-punk and indie repertoire, although Mulligan at that time also had a synthesizer which later characterized the future synthpop years of the band.

Still signed to I.R.S., in 1979 they recorded and released their first album, Product Perfect. All three members were credited as having written the songs collectively.

Between 1978 and 1980, Fashion played shows with performers such as Toyah Willcox, UB40, Hazel O'Connor, or Billy Idol, who later became well known. A then-recently formed Duran Duran opened their shows; they toured the UK with U2, both the UK and USA with The Police, and opened for The B-52's on their first British tour.[5]

In March 1980, no longer associated with I.R.S., Fashion released their "Silver Blades" single, again on their own Fàshiön Music label. Later in 1980 they also released one more song, "Let Go", on a Birmingham bands compilation called Bouncing In The Red (EMI).

In June 1980, after a last gig in London with U2, Luke James left the band and moved to United States.[6]

A revised line-up was assembled, containing Dik and Mulligan along with Tony Dial (former singer with the Neon Hearts) on vocals and guitar and Ian Moore on bass. This version of the group recorded sessions for BRMB, and played live gigs as a support act for The Human League, as well as at the Holy City Zoo club in Birmingham. However, Dial and Moore soon left, and the band regrouped once more.

New Romantic years: Fashiøn[edit]

By late 1981, Fashion—which had now been picked up by Arista Records—consisted of De Harriss (vocals, guitar), Martin Recchi (bass), Mulligan (synths) and Dik Daviss (as he now billed himself) on drums. This line-up issued the single "Move On" in November 1981, and though it didn't chart, the single still garnered enough attention to allow the band to record the album Fabrique (1982), produced by Zeus B. Held. In addition to "Move On", Fabrique contained the singles "Streetplayer (Mechanik)" and "Love Shadow", both of which were minor UK hits. Harriss (born David Harris) was now the band's frontman and songwriter, writing every song on the album (two were co-writes with Held). Fabrique was later re-issued with additional material as The Height of Fashion (1990, 2001).

Harriss left Fashion before a proposed world tour of Fabrique. Following the loss of their lead singer and songwriter, once again Fashion was dropped by their label.

Harriss was replaced by vocalist Troy Tate and guitarist Al Darby. Although Troy Tate did not record any studio material with Fashion, he performed his own songs with the band live. Songs during Tate's period included "Love Is" and "What You Gonna Do Next." Tate subsequently departed, with Darby left to perform lead vocals. This iteration of the band was signed by Epic Records.

In 1984, Fashion released an album entitled Twilight of Idols, with Darby now acting as lead singer and primary songwriter, penning all but two tracks. Keyboardist Mulligan remained, as did bassist Recchi (who now billed himself as Marlon Recchi, rather than Martin) along with drummer "Dik"/"Dik Mamba"/"Dik Daviss", who now billed himself as Dik Davis. Zeus B. Held was once again the producer. "Eye Talk", released as a single, again put Fashion on the lower end of the UK singles charts. However, the band split up after playing live gigs to support the album.

Mulligan went on to record material with Nick Beggs of Kajagoogoo.

After leaving Fashion, De Harriss reverted to using the name "Dave Harris" and in 1984 recorded an album with Richard Wright, keyboardist of Pink Floyd, as Zee. He later worked as an in-house songwriter and producer at Warner Chapell Music in New York City from 1990 to 2000. He then returned to the UK, where he now works under the name David Harris as a songwriter and producer in Lincoln.

Fàshiön reformed[edit]

Thirty years after the first Fashion single was issued, original vocalist/guitarist Luke Sky (now based in California) reactivated the Fashion name to issue a new album. Released in February 2009, Stairway to Nowhere featured Luke Sky on vocals and all other instruments, with the exception of Vuk Pavlovic of Nature's Pocket providing drums for three of the tracks. This iteration of Fashion existed for a short time before once again becoming dormant.

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

  • Dik Daviss - drums (1978-1984)
  • John Mulligan - synthesiser (1978-1984), bass (1978-1980)
  • Luke Sky - vocals, guitar (1978-1980, 2009), synthesiser, bass, drums (2009)
  • Tony Dial - vocals, guitar (1980-1981)
  • Ian Moore - bass (1980-1981)
  • De Harriss - vocals, guitar (1981-1982)
  • Martin Recchi - bass (1981-1984)
  • Al Darby - guitar (1982-1984), vocals (1983-1984)
  • Troy Tate - vocals (1982-1983)

Line-ups[edit]

1978-1980 1980-1981 1981-1982 1982-1983
  • Dik Daviss - drums
  • John Mulligan - synthesiser
  • Tony Dial - vocals, guitar
  • Ian Moore - bass
  • Dik Daviss - drums
  • John Mulligan - synthesiser
  • De Harriss - vocals, guitar
  • Martin Recchi - bass
  • Dik Daviss - drums
  • John Mulligan - synthesiser
  • Martin Recchi - bass
  • Al Darby - guitar
  • Troy Tate - vocals
1983-1984 1984-2009 2009
  • Dik Daviss - drums
  • John Mulligan - synthesiser
  • Martin Recchi - bass
  • Al Darby - vocals, guitar

Disbanded

  • Luke Sky - vocals, guitar, synthesiser, bass, drums

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Steady Eddie Steady" (1978)
  • "Citinite" (1979)
  • "The Innocent" (1979)
  • "Silver Blades" (1980)
  • "Move On" (1981)
  • "You Only Left Your Picture" (1982)
  • "Dressed to Kill" (1982)
  • "Streetplayer (Mechanik)" (1982) - UK #46
  • "Something in Your Picture" (1982)
  • "Love Shadow" (1982) - UK #51
  • "Eye Talk" (1984)) - UK #69
  • "Dreaming" (1984)
  • "You in the Night" (1984)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exclusive Magazine". Anne Carlini. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  2. ^ David Vlado Moskowitz, Caribbean Popular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, p. 109, Greenwood Press, 2006. ISBN 0-313-33158-8, ISBN 978-0-313-33158-9; The Fashion Music Records label was formed by Luke James, John Mulligan, and Dick Davis in the late 1970s in Birmingham, England.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 5 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Fàshiön Music - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  5. ^ UK. "Fashion | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Fashion | blog op Myspace". Blogs.myspace.com. Archived from the original on 28 August 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-12.

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