Sad Café Biography

Formed in 1976, Sad Café originally consisted of Paul Young (17 June 1947, Wythenshawe, Lancashire, England, d. 17 July 2000, Altrincham, Cheshire, England; vocals), Ian Wilson (guitar), Mike Hehir (guitar), Lenni (saxophone), Vic Emerson (keyboards), John Stimpson (bass) and David Irving (drums). They evolved out of two Manchester bands, Gyro and Mandala, although Young had previously sung in an earlier beat outfit, the Toggery Five. Their debut Fanx Ta Ra, introduced the band’s blend of hard rock riffs and adult pop, but it was a second collection, Misplaced Ideals, that brought them international success when one of its tracks, ‘Run Home Girl’, became a US hit. Facades, produced by 10cc guitarist Eric Stewart, contained ‘Every Day Hurts’, a UK Top 3 single in 1979, and two further Top 40 entries the following year, ‘Strange Little Girl’ and ‘My Oh My’. John Stimpson had become the band’s manager in August 1980 and Des Tong took his place in the line-up. However, despite enjoying a handful of minor hits, Sad Café were unable to sustain their early success although Wilson and Young continued to record, intermittently, throughout the 80s. Young later enjoyed great success as a vocalist with Mike And The Mechanics.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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