The Helicopters

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The Helicopters were a South African pop rock band active in the 1980s. They formed in 1981 in Vereeniging and were stylistically similar to the new wave bands Duran Duran and A Flock of Seagulls.[1] Benjy Mudie signed the group to Warner Bros. Records in 1984, where they released one album and several singles; in 1987 they moved to Epic and released a second full-length before disbanding. The band scored several hit singles in South Africa, including "Mysteries and Jealousy".[2][3] The group was a popular concert draw, able to fill stadiums in its home country.[4]

After the band's breakup, lead singer Bernard Binns moved to England, where he has released several solo albums.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • Love Attack (1985, WEA)
  1. Mysteries and Jealousies — 4:15
  2. In Love — 3:32
  3. Don't Vanish, It's a Love Attack — 3:33
  4. Night Vision Girl — 3:46
  5. Say That Again — 2:56
  6. Come and Dance — 3:26
  7. Kissing For Pleasure — 3:40
  8. Only For You — 4:05
  9. Miles Apart — 4:45
  10. Chased — 3:11
  • In the Flesh (1987, Epic)
  1. Television — 6:14
  2. Western Skies — 4:46
  3. In the Flesh — 4:43
  4. Hi-Tech Man — 3:42
  5. Whisper Your Secret — 4:34
  6. Terror in the Attic — 5:27
  7. Yesterday Was Never — 4:16
  8. Television Part II — 1:04
  • What Affair EP (1988, Gallo)
  • The Best of The Helicopters (2002, RetroFresh)
Singles
  • "Flying High" (Klingel, 1981)
  • "Mysteries and Jealousy" (Warner, 1984)
  • "Miles and Miles Apart" (Warner, 1984)
  • "Kissing For Pleasure" (Warner, 1984)
  • "Only for You" (Warner, 1985)
  • "Come and Dance" (Warner, 1985)
  • "I Wanna Live in Hollywood" (Warner, 1986)
  • "Whisper Your Secret" (1987, Epic)

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Members[edit]

  • Bernard Binns
  • Bert Askes
  • John Mason
  • Andre van den Heever
  • Piet Koen
  • Franco de Nuzzo
  • Nick Matzukis
  • Macjek Scheibel
  • Paul Hughes
  • Martin Ledger
  • Alistair Broadhead
  • Carole Welsh
  • John McKeen
  • Pete Delahaye
  • Rob Lax
  • SailorC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amuzine CD of the Week Archives. (Wayback Machine cache.) Accessed 25 January 2010.
  2. ^ Interview with Bernard Binns. Accessed 11 May 2007.
  3. ^ a b Chivers, G; Jasiukowicz, T (1994). History of Contemporary Music of South Africa Part 1. Toga Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 0-620-18121-4. 
  4. ^ Backbites. The Independent, 13 May 1995.
  5. ^ Nils van der Linden, "An Outsider Looking In". iafrica.com, 18 September 2007.

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