The 1980’s brought a British pop invasion to music. With the launch of Music Television (MTV) in 1981, these groups had the chance to build their brands known as much for their “look” as their music. Their music was a mix of electronica, reggae, soul and pop. While Duran Duran, the Eurthmics, Boy George and Wham! were perhaps more popular during their day, these were some of my FIVE-ORITES during high school and college.
Haircut One Hundred were a British pop group formed in 1980 by Nick Heyward. The band had four UK Top 10 hit singles between 1981 and 1982, including "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" and "Love Plus One".
Simply Red were a British soul band that sold more than 50 million albums. The band formed in 1985. "Holding Back the Years" is a single and track from the 1985 debut album, "Picture Book"