Formed in the summer of 1980, this Liverpool, England-based outfit comprised former Big In Japan vocalist Holly Johnson (William Johnson, 19 February 1960, Khartoum, Sudan) backed by Paul Rutherford (b. 8 December 1959, Liverpool, England; vocals), Nasher Nash (b. Brian Nash, 20 May 1963; guitar), Mark OToole (b. 6 January 1964, Liverpool, England; bass) and Peter Ped Gill (b. 8 March 1964, Liverpool, England; drums). It was a further two years before they started to make any real headway with television appearances and a recording contract with Trevor Horns ZTT Records. Their debut single, Relax, produced by Horn, was a pyrotechnic production and superb dance track with a suitably suggestive lyric that led to a BBC radio and television ban in Britain. Paradoxically, the censorship produced even greater public interest in the single, which topped the UK charts for five weeks from January 1984, selling close to two million copies...
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