Until the recruitment of a drummer (Vince Ely) in 1979, Richard Butler (5 June 1956, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England; vocals), Roger Morris (guitar), John Ashton (b. 30 November 1957; guitar, ex-Photon), Duncan Kilburn (woodwinds) and Tim Butler (b. 7 December 1958; bass) had difficulties finding work. The band was also dogged by an unprepossessing sullenness in interview, an equally anachronistic name - inspired by the 1966 Velvet Underground track, Venus In Furs - and Richard Butlers grating one-note style. It was not until a session on John Peels BBC Radio 1 programme that they were invested with hip credibility - and a CBS Records recording contract. Under Steve Lillywhites direction, their bleak debut album was followed by minor singles chart entries with Dumb Waiter and Pretty In Pink, both selections from 1981s more tuneful and enduring Talk Talk Talk. Creeping even closer to the UK Top 40,...
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