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|Years active||1976–1990, 1998, 2000, 2012–present|
Barry James Thomas
|Past members||Paul Young|
Sad Café are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1976, who achieved their peak of popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for the UK Top 40 singles "Every Day Hurts", "Strange Little Girl", "My Oh My" and "I'm in Love Again", the first of which was their biggest hit, reaching number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1979. The band also had two US Billboard Hot 100 hits with "Run Home Girl" and "La-Di-Da". Frontman Paul Young went on to achieve greater chart success as the co-lead singer (with Paul Carrack) of Mike + The Mechanics.
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The group formed as a result of the unification of rock bands Mandalaband and Gyro. Its founder members were Paul Young (vocals), Ian Wilson (guitar), Vic Emerson (keyboards), Ashley Mulford (lead guitar), John Stimpson (bass) and Tony Cresswell (drums). Over the course of the band's history, only Young and Wilson were constant members, with other musicians amongst the band's ranks over the years including: Dave Irving (drums), Lenni "Sax" Zakson (saxophone), Des Tong (bass), Michael Byron-Hehir (lead guitar), Steve Piggot (keys), Jeff Seopardi (drums), Paul Burgess (drums), Phil Lanzon (keyboards) and Alistair Gordon (keyboards). Harvey Lisberg, who also managed 10cc, arranged for Eric Stewart to produce their third album, Facades, which included the top 3 single, "Every Day Hurts".
Reviewing the band's 1978 Misplaced Ideals LP, Robert Christgau wrote in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981): "In which the decade's most paradoxical, characteristic, and disgusting pop-music synthesis—combining hard rock's compulsive riff energy with MOR's smooth determination to displease no one—is achieved without recourse to jazz rhythms or semiclassical decoration. Misplaced ideals my ass—they threw them down the deepest hole they could find."
The band initially dissolved in 1990, but briefly reformed in 1998, and again in 2000. The 2000 concert was a tribute to the band's former vocalist Paul Young, who had died, aged 53, on 15 July 2000. In 2012, the band was reformed by Wilson, who due to Young's death is now the band's only continuous member, along with other former members Mulford, Irving, and Tong, and new members Sue Quin (vocals, keyboards), Simon Waggott (keyboards) and Steve Whalley (guitars, vocals). The band conducted a UK tour in November 2012, the band's first full live tour in 25 years.
The new lineup formed in 2018 includes Wilson, Tong and Irving plus Sue Quin and new members Dave Day (lead guitar, vocals), Barry James Thomas (vocals, percussion), Neil Shaw-Hulme (saxophone, wx7, vocals) and Pete Hughes (keyboards, vocals). They played their first gig in November 2018 to a sell-out audience at the Cinnamon Club in Bowdon and repeated the feat with two more sell-out shows in March 2019 where Matt Steele replaced Pete Hughes on keyboards.
|1985||Politics of Existing||-||-|
|1989||Whatever It Takes||
|1981||Live in Concert||
|2015||Access All Areas||
|1984||The Best of Sad Café||
|1994||The Best of Sad Café||
|1997||Everyday Hurts: The Best of Sad Café||
|Facades / Misplaced Ideals||
|2001||The Best of Sad Café||
|2002||Every Day Hurts||
|2009||Fanx Ta-Ra / Misplaced Ideals||
|Facades / Sad Cafe||
|"Love Will Survive" (UK-only release)||-||-||-||-|
|1978||"Hungry Eyes" (UK-only release)||-||-||-||-|
|"Run Home Girl" (US-only release)||-||-||-||71|
|1979||"Every Day Hurts"||78||48||3||-|
|"Emptiness" (US and Canada-only release)||-||-||-||-|
|"Strange Little Girl"||-||-||32||-|
|1980||"My Oh My"||-||42||14||-|
|"Nothing Left Toulouse" (UK only-release)||-||-||62||-|
|"I'm in Love Again"||-||-||40||-|
|1981||"Black Rose" (Live)||-||-||-||-|
|"La-Di-Da" (US release)||-||-||-||78|
|"No Favours-No Way" (US-only promo)||-||-||-||-|
|"Follow You Anywhere"||-||-||-||-|
|1983||"Keep Us Together" (UK-only release)||-||-||76||-|
|1984||"Why Do You Love Me Like You Do"||-||-||-||-|
|1985||"Refugees" (UK-only release)||-||-||-||-|
|1986||"Only Love" (UK-only release)||-||-||-||-|
|1989||"Take Me (Heart and Soul)" (UK-only release)||-||-||-||-|
|"Whatever It Takes"||-||-||-||-|
- List of bands from Manchester
- List of bands from England
- List of performers on Top of the Pops
- Swan Song Records
- Artist Biography by Greg Prato (15 July 2000). "Sad Café | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 1051. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 478. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Laing, Dave (19 July 2000). "Obituary: Paul Young – Singer who made Manchester rock". The Guardian. London.
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 12 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
- Mowbray, Guy (8 November 2018). "Vic Emerson obituary" – via www.theguardian.com.
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 263. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.