Metro (British band)

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Metro
Metro British band promo photo.jpg
Metro circa 1977. From left to right: Godwin, Browne, Lyons
Background information
Also known asPublic Zone
OriginUnited Kingdom
Genres
Years active1976 (1976)–1980 (1980)
Labels
Past members

Metro were an English rock band, featuring Peter Godwin (vocals, saxophone, synthesizer), Duncan Browne (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Sean Lyons (guitar).[4] The band is best known for their song "Criminal World", which was covered by David Bowie on his 1983 album, Let's Dance.[5][1]

History[edit]

Godwin and Browne formed Metro in 1976 and were later joined by Lyons.[6] They recorded their self-titled debut album in 1976 and released it in 1977. The lead single off the record, "Criminal World", was banned from the BBC playlist due to its sexual content.[5] During this time, the band briefly changed their name to Public Zone and released a single, "Naive", with the Police's Stewart Copeland on drums. Copeland declined an offer to become a permanent member of the band, to remain with the Police.[7]

Following the release of their debut album, Browne departed the band.[1] Godwin fronted the band with the addition of new members. Metro released New Love and Future Imperfect in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Following the demise of the band, Godwin embarked on a solo career, releasing his debut album, Images of Heaven, in 1982.[7]

Band members[edit]

  • Peter Godwin – vocals, tenor saxophone, keyboards (1976—1980)
  • Duncan Browne – guitar, keyboards, vocals, bass (1976—1978)
  • Sean Lyons – guitar, piano (1976—1980)
  • Colin Wight – guitar (1978—80)
  • Tony Adams – bass, vocals (1978—80)
  • John Laforge – drums (1978—80)
Timeline

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • Metro (1977)
  • New Love (1979)
  • Future Imperfect (1980)
Singles
  • "Criminal World" / "Precious" (1977)
  • "Christine" / "Cut Up" (1979)
  • "Christine" / "Girls in Love" (1979)
  • "Girls in Love" / "I Don't Wanna Dance" (1979)
  • "Girls in Love" / "I Don't Wanna Dance" / "New Love" (1979)
  • "The Mystery" / "Cut Up" (1979)
  • "America in My Head" / "Alone" (1980)
  • "Gemini" / "The Face" (1980)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thompson, Dave. "Metro – Metro". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Metro". Radio Magazine: 92. 1978.
  3. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Duncan Browne". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Metro". Hi-Fi News & Record Review. 22 (1–6): 141. 1977.
  5. ^ a b Buckley, David (2015). David Bowie: The Music and The Changes. London: Omnibus. ISBN 1783236175.
  6. ^ McCarraher, James (2012). 101 Songs To Discover From The Seventies. Lulu. p. 165.
  7. ^ a b Sutton, Michael. "Peter Godwin". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 July 2016.

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