Linx (band)

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Linx was a British soul/funk band consisting of David Grant (lead vocals), Bob Carter (keyboards), Andy Duncan (drums), Canute Edwards (guitar), Peter Martin (bass) (aka Sketch) and Junior Giscombe (backing vocals). After its first hit in 1980, the band slimmed down to a duo of Grant and Martin.[1] They had six entries on the UK Singles Chart from mid 1980 until mid 1982.[2] The band's biggest success was "Intuition," which reached number 7 in early 1981.[2] Other hits included "You're Lying" and "So This is Romance." Linx also contributed to the influential C81 compilation cassette released by New Musical Express magazine in 1981.

Linx's success with "Intuition" was assisted by a BBC technician's strike, which resulted in only music videos and repeat performances being allowed to be used on Top Of The Pops for a period. This led to the video for "Intuition", first played when the song was in the 60's in the music charts, being shown several times. This helped the single reach the Top Ten.

Bass player Sketch played a variety of bright funk styles that typified the band's sound. Junior Giscombe is the uncle of British comedian and TV personality Richard Blackwood. Bob Carter and Andy Duncan were session musicians who were known for their contribution to Hazel O'Connor's Breaking Glass album and movie.

Linx split in early 1983, although there were indications that this was going to happen in 1982 as well. Grant went on to have a number of solo hits.[1] More recently, he was featured as a vocal coach on the BBC TV show Fame Academy.

David Grant married Carrie Grant, a "cheerleader" on Top Of The Pops. The cheerleaders were utilized on the show to keep the spirits of the audience up and create a party atmosphere.

Peter Martin (the bassist) joined the band 23 Skidoo.[3]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release date Single title UK Singles Chart[2] position[4] US R&B Chart[5] US Dance Chart[6]
September 1980 "You're Lying"
15
27
71
March 1981 "Intuition"
7
-
-
May 1981 "Together We Can Shine"
-
45
-
June 1981 "Throw Away the Key"
21
-
-
September 1981 "So This is Romance"
15
-
-
November 1981 "Can't Help Myself"
55
-
-
July 1982 "Plaything"
48
-
-

Albums[edit]

Release date Album title UK Albums Chart position[2][4] US Pop Albums[7] US R&B Albums[8]
March 1981 Intuition
8
175
39
October 1981 Go Ahead
35
-
-

References[edit]

5. The Story Of 1981: Top Of The Pops. First Broadcast January 2016, BBC4, UK.

  1. ^ a b Carrieanddavidgrant.co.uk Archived 2008-10-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 323. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Allthingsdeep.com
  4. ^ a b Chartstats.com
  5. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs". Billboard. Billboard. 1981. Retrieved 20 Dec 2017.
  6. ^ "Dance Club Charts". Billboard. Billbaord. 11 April 1981. Retrieved 20 Dec 2017.
  7. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. Billboard. 11 July 1981. Retrieved 20 Dec 2017.
  8. ^ "Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Billboard. 20 June 1981. Retrieved 20 Dec 2017.