The Mobiles

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OriginEastbourne, East Sussex
GenresSynthpop, new wave
Years active1981–1984
LabelsRialto, RCA
Associated actsThe Avengers
Past membersDavid Blundell
Chris Downton
Russ Madge
Anna Maria
Eddie Smithson
John Smithson

Mobiles were a British 1980s synthpop band, whose existence was notable for their one major hit single in early 1982, with the song "Drowning in Berlin". It reached No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] The follow-up single "Amour, Amour" (No. 45 in the UK) continued the European flavour.


The Mobiles were based in Eastbourne,[2] with band members hailing from Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne, and were led by Anna Maria. Following the band's dissolution Maria and Madge worked together as "The Avengers", releasing a couple of singles for RCA. They were signed by Nick Heath and Tim Heath, sons of British bandleader Ted Heath, who owned the successful record label Rialto.

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Post Mobiles[edit]

David Blundell now lives in Madrid, Spain, where he works as social media manager at the British Council and Anna Maria, who lives in Seaford, East Sussex and works in the health profession, said they were delighted the album was now available on CD. "Back in the 1980s CDs weren't around", said Dave. "Everything was on vinyl. It was all such an adventure for us. We were just a band practicing in The Drive pub." The first week "Drowning in Berlin" was released, it appeared in their local record shop, Max Records at the bottom of Grove Road.[citation needed]

Blundell said, "One minute we were doing gigs in Eastbourne and the next minute we got a call saying they wanted us to do Top of The Pops. They were very exciting times for us all and we had a wonderful time doing it all."[3]

Russ Madge now lives in Orkney and is a Senior Coastal Operations Officer in HM Coastguard.

Chris Downton is now Chief Designer for Weslake Air Services in Guestling.

The reissue of the original album includes their best known hit along with further singles "Amour Amour" and "Partners in Fiction", the first time on CD. The video for "Drowning in Berlin" is still a fixture on MTV to this day. The comprehensive reissue features their debut album in its entirety, and a wide selection of rare bonus material including remixes and b-sides. Drowning in Berlin – The Best of The Mobiles also encompasses comprehensive packaging, with track by track liner notes from bass player David Blundell, a history, interviews with the band's one-time record label manager, numerous photographs and a complete discography.[4]



  • "Drowning in Berlin" / (b/w) "Tiptoe in Paradise" – 1981 (UK No. 9[1] - Rialto RIA 3)
  • "Amour Amour" / (b/w) "Skeleton Dance" - 1982 (UK No. 45[1] - Rialto RIA 5, included four Mobiles stickers)
  • "Partners in Fiction" / (b/w) "Snow Man" - 1982 (did not chart – Rialto RIA 10)
  • "You're Not Alone" / (b/w) "Struth" – 1982 (did not chart – Rialto MOB3, limited edition Mobiles 3-Pack included first 2 singles Buy 1 Get 2 Free)
  • "Build Me Up Buttercup" / (b/w) "Don't Pay The Axeman" – 1983 (did not chart – Rialto RIA 15)
  • "Fear" / (b/w) "Longtime" – 1983 (did not chart – Rialto RIA 20)
  • "Lost Without Your Love / (b/w) "Remember" – 1984 (did not chart – MCA/Panther Records PAN 10)[5]


  • Drowning in Berlin – 1982
  • "Drowning in Berlin"
  • "Better Late Than Never"
  • "Amour Amour"
  • "Fear"
  • "Long Time"
  • "Climbing Frame"
  • "Partners in Fiction"
  • "Struth"
  • "Tamarind Man"
  • "You're Not Alone"
  • Drowning in Berlin: The Best Of – 2006 (Cherry Red label – CDM RED 309)[6]


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 43. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Annemarie Field (28 December 2006). "EIGHTIES BAND'S ALBUM REVIVAL". Eastbourne Today. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2] Archived 10 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Mobiles Discography at Discogs". discogs. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Mobiles | Discography". AllMusic. 20 November 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2014.

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