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80s Invasion / Hue & Cry Interview
Words and Pics – Brian Anderson
Muti million selling pop due are Hue & Cry are heading for Glasgow this Autam as part of the 80s invasion.The 80s invasion tour will also feature, Sister Sledge, Jason Donovan, Martika, The Fizz, Five Star and living in a box.
This is one heck of a compilation show with all the legendary acts playing all the hits.We manage to get a quick chat with legends Hue & Cry, brothers Pat and Gregory Kane who made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’, as well as hit singles ‘Labour of Love’, ‘Ordinary Angel’, ‘Violently’ and ‘Looking for Linda’.
To date Hue and Cry have sold in excess of two million records worldwide.The band have also sold tens of thousands of concert tickets worldwide, as well as performing alongside some of the greatest artists in music history – U2, James Brown, Madonna, Al Green and Van Morrison to name but a few. The duo was recognised by their peers when they were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Music Awards.
Here is the chat speaking with Gregory
How’s life lads?
Fantastic at the min, in the middle of a tour at the moment, The bitter sweet tour we have just finished Hampstead, which was great and currently into 12 of 30 with our new promoter.
You guys are Coatbridge lads what year did you form and how did that process come about?
The School band in Coarbridge, I was around 19 and Pat was 17, I joined Pats band and evenually both us left to form Hue & Cry.
Did you ever think you would ever get signed, was it a slog at the time or did it happen easy when you look back.
Wasnt a slog we put a single out at the time, we recieved some amazing reviews and not long we got signed by Island Records.
Island Records had other greaT artists at the time like U2, Bob Marley, Massive Attack and Nina Cherry, Then worked with Richard Branson, we got really well with Richard.
80s retro is really massive now Greg yes?
Absolutely we play all the festivals, and over the years roughly about 11 years now. We played the very first Rewind and its now massive as big as fesivals like TRNSMT.
What great artists did you guys collobrate that were your idols?
For us all the Jazz legends like Rod Carter and Miles Davis.
Apart from the obvious Jazz greats who were your other influences?
Personally loved all the Two-tone stuff, Gerry Dammer also The Specials to Madness.
Thanks for taken the time in your busy schedule to chat with us, enjoy the reast of the tour and cant wait to see you guys in Glasgow at the 80s invasion.
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TUES 29th NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555 www.trch.co.uk
WED 30th CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena 029 2022 4488 www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.
THURS 31st BIRMINGHAM Arena 0844 33 88222 www.arenabham.co.uk
FRI 1st HULL Bonus Arena 0844 844 0444 www.bonusarenahull.com
SAT 2nd MANCHESTER O2 Apollo 08444 777677 www.o2apollomanchester.co.uk
SUN 3rd LEEDS First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585 www.firstdirectarena.com
WED 6th GLASGOW The SSE Hydro 0844 395 4000 www.thessehydro.com
THURS 7th NEWCASTLE Utilita Arena 0844 493 6666 www.utilitaarena.co.uk
FRI 8th LIVERPOOL M&S Bank Arena 0344 8000 400 www.mandsbankarena.com
SAT 9th BRIGHTON Centre 0844 847 1515 www.brightoncentre.co.uk
SUN 10th LONDON Hammersmith Eventim Apollo 0844 249 1000www.eventimapollo.com
MON 11th BOURNEMOUTH BIC 0844 576 3000 www.bic.co.uk