|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||new wave synthpop 80s post-rock new romantic electronic post-punk|
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Formed in 1973, this English jazz-funk instrumental group comprised Richard James Burgess (vocals/computer/drums), Andy Pask (bass), Christopher Heaton (keyboards), Peter Thomas (trombone/synthesizer) and John Walters (computer programming/wind synthesizers). They built up a loyal following by continuously touring and after a couple of years formed their own independent record label. Their album debut came in 1979 when they signed to RCA Records. The record sold badly, despite the strong reputation they had gained as a live act. In 1980, European Man revealed a new direction. The easy-going jazz-funk had been replaced by advanced technology, computer programming, synthesizers and vocals. The single became a dancefloor favourite and just missed a national chart position. The group finally made an impact with the commercial anti-war track Einstein A Go-Go. Complete with a simple catchy hookline, it reached number 5 in the UK in...