The Europeans (band)
|Associated acts||Motion Pictures, How We Live, Marillion|
|Past members||Steve Hogarth
The Europeans were a British new wave group formed in 1981 and disbanded in 1985. They released three albums, none of which achieved much in terms of chart position. In 1989, their former keyboard player and co-lead vocalist Steve Hogarth joined Marillion as lead vocalist. The Europeans should not be confused with the similarly named Europeans, a Bristol band that were active 1977-1979.
- Steve Hogarth - keyboards, programming, lead vocals
- Colin Woore - guitars
- Ferg Harper - bass, lead vocals
- Geoff Dugmore - drums
In 1980, a Scottish band called Motion Pictures (consisting of Harper, Woore, Dugmore) moved to London and advertised for a keyboard player. Steve Hogarth, who had recently moved to London from Doncaster, was chosen. The band rehearsed in Shepperton, changing their name to The Europeans in early 1981.
Their first appearance on record was as the backing band on John Otway's All Balls and No Willy in 1982. They signed to A&M Records in 1982. Three singles were released before the first album Vocabulary: "The Animal Song", "A.E.I.O.U." and "Recognition". All lead vocals were handled by Harper, except "Kingdom Come" which was sung by Hogarth. Kiki Dee and Toni Childs were among the backing vocalists. Another single, "American People" was released, and the band toured extensively.
A free promo single, "Acid Rain", was released to promote their second studio album (the third overall), Recurring Dreams, which became available in October 1984. Hogarth sang lead vocals on five of the eight tracks. When the Managing Director of A&M left the company a day after the release of the album, promotion took a nosedive. Hogarth and Woore left, forming How We Live in 1985 and signing to CBS.
- "The Animal Song" (1982)
- "AEIOU" (1983)
- "Recognition" (1983)
- "American People" (1983)
- "Typical" (live) (1984)
- "Listen" (1984)
- Recognition (1983)
- Vocabulary (1983)
- Recurring Dreams (1984)
The Snoopies Album (1981) - Various artists compilation
Anne-Aurore Inquimbert,Marillion. L'ère Hogarth, Camion Blanc (France), 2014, 222 p.
- The Rainbow Room - Europeans and How We Live Pages. http://www.theeuropeans.co.uk (accessed 8 September 2013)