Starclub - Hard to get, Bad Machine, We Believe, The Answer / Audio CD 1993 / CID9995 / Island Records
Starclub - Hard to get, Bad Machine, We Believe, The Answer / Audio CD 1993
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|Hard To Get||3:35|
|Let Your Hair Down||4:33|
|Call My Name||4:32|
|All Falls Down||3:59|
|World Keeps Turning||6:16|
Starclub was an early 1990s rock band from England, consisting of Owen Vyse (lead vocals, guitar, Hammond organ, keyboards), Steve French (guitar, backing vocals), Julian Taylor (bass, backing vocals) and Alan White (drums, percussion).
Vyse, French and Taylor grew up playing music together in Maidstone in Kent, and were known then as the Shoes. They were heavily influenced by the Beatles and formed a quartet with Alan Ware on drums. The highlight of this early incarnation, while the members attended Oakwood Park Grammar School and Maidstone Grammar School, was playing to a sellout crowd at the local Hazlitt Theatre.
The Shoes continued to play gigs, mainly in London, until Island Records offered them a deal. Their new name referenced the famous Star-Club venue in Hamburg, which had been synonymous with the Beatles.
Starclub's eponymous 1993 album, produced by Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears, Adam and the Ants), was recorded with several different drummers, but Alan White was recruited as a full-time member and toured with the band that year. Georgie Fame guested on the tracks "Forever" and "The Question".
The album received several positive reviews. In March 1993, Washington Post critic Mike Joyce said, ""Britain's Starclub has a similarly expansive view of the pop-rock world, though it is not nearly as fond of Top 40 novelties. Vibrant guitars, sweeping harmonies and an occasional funk groove are more to its liking. Because lead singer Owen Vyse sounds a lot like Paul Rodgers, comparisons with the British bands Free and Bad Company are inevitable, but Starclub's new self-titled album (on Island) is eclectic enough to make the reference moot".
The band were unexpectedly dropped by Island and split in 1994.
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