Wax (UK band)
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|Also known as||
World in Action|
|Origin||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||New wave, pop rock|
Wax was a 1980s musical duo formed in Manchester, England which consisted of American singer-songwriter Andrew Gold and 10cc guitarist/bassist Graham Gouldman. In the US, they were listed as Wax UK. The band is best known for the hit singles "Right Between the Eyes" and "Bridge to Your Heart".
In 1981, 10cc were working on what would become their album Ten Out of 10. Andrew Gold was invited to record with the band by Lenny Waronker, head of A&R at Warner Bros. It led to an offer to join the band – an offer Gold declined because of other commitments.
After 10cc split in 1983, Graham Gouldman persuaded Gold to visit him at his home in Mottram St Andrew, England, to write and spend some time together. He ended up staying for seven months. During this period they wrote enough songs for an album. They chose World in Action as the band name and released a single "Don't Break My Heart". Soon afterwards, they changed the name to Common Knowledge. A second single "Victoria" was released, but both singles failed to get any attention and the album was shelved.
Under the supervision of Harvey Lisberg, Gouldman's long-time manager, they started working on songs for a new album, changed labels, and took the name Wax. Wax released three studio albums between 1986 and 1989. Their only British hit was "Bridge to Your Heart" which reached No. 12 in autumn 1987. A Top of the Pops appearance and a tour followed. The duo were about to split in 1990 when Gouldman was offered the chance to reform 10cc with Eric Stewart. Gold appeared on the comeback album ...Meanwhile playing guitar on "Charity Begins at Home" and sang lead vocals on "Ready to Go Home" from 10cc's last album Mirror Mirror, which he had intended to be a guide vocal only - but Stewart liked what he had done with the track and his vocals remained.
In 1998, their Common Knowledge album was finally released as Common knowledge.com with four new tracks under the Wax name. A collection of out-takes and rarities, Wax Bikini, was released in 2000 through Gold's website. In 1988, American pop singer Nicolette Larson covered the band's song "Shadows of Love", which served as the title of the album on which it appeared.
- Magnetic Heaven (1986) U.S. No. 101
- American English (1987) UK No. 59
- A Hundred Thousand in Fresh Notes (1989)
- The Wax Files (1997, compilation/unreleased material - released as Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman)
- common knowledge.com (1998)
- Wax Bikini (2000, released as Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman)
- "Don't Break My Heart" (as World in Action) (1984)
- "Victoria" (as Common Knowledge) (1985)
- "Ball and Chain" (1985)
- "Shadows of Love" (1986)
- "Right Between the Eyes" (1986) U.S. No. 43, UK No. 60, Neth No. 24
- "Systematic" (1986)
- "In Some Other World" (1987)
- "Bridge to Your Heart" (1987) UK No. 12, Neth No. 6, SWE No. 9, AUS No. 17
- "American English" (1987) Neth No. 96
- "Wherever You Are" (1989)
- "Anchors Aweigh" (1989) UK No. 95
Other Gold-Gouldman collaborations can be found on:
- 10cc - Ten Out of 10 (1981)
- 10cc - ...Meanwhile (1992)
- 10cc - Mirror Mirror (1995)
- Andrew Gold - Since 1951 (1996)
- Graham Gouldman - And Another Thing... (2000)
- "10cc : A Pure Injection Of Pop". The10ccfanclub.com. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
- common knowledge.com liner notes Archived 20 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Andrew Gold - Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 593. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Nicolette Larson - Shadows Of Love". Discogs. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
- "The Store". Andrewgold.com. Retrieved 29 April 2012.