Lindy Layton


Stop playing silly games and just be good to Lindy Layton…but where is she?(!)

If you were about in that long hot Summer of 1990 then Lindy Layton wouldn’t of been far away from your radar. She sang on the seventh biggest selling single of the year and kept us all dancing with her cover of Janet Kay’s 1979 hit “Silly Games”.

Belinda Kimberely Layton was born in London in 1970 and after attending stage school in the 1980’s, she was recruited by former Housemartin Norman Cook to sing lead vocals in his new group Beats International. Their debut single “Dub Be Good To Me” (sampling The SOS Band’s 1983 song “Just Be Good To Me”, The Clash’s “Guns Of Brixton” and New York DJ Johnny Dynell’s 1983 release “Jam Hot”) was released in January 1990 and after just three weeks, had perched itself at the very top of the UK singles chart. It charted top ten across Europe and made No.76 in the US where it also topped the Dance chart.

The group’s debut album “Let Them Eat Bingo” reached No.17 in the UK and has been certified Gold for sales of over 100,000 copies. It yealded one further top ten single “Won’t Talk About It” (UK No.9, US Dance No.4).

The group continued into 1991 before it disbanded but Lindy, having caught everyone’s attention, left in the Summer of 1990 to pursue a solo career. This kicked off in fine style with her cover of Janet Kay’s 1979 UK No.2 hit “Silly Games”, which Lindy (and Janet) took to No.22.

Her follow up “Echo My Heart” was released in January 1991 but this only managed to reach No.42 in the UK. Both songs featured on her debut solo album “Pressure” which failed to chart anywhere. A third single “Wait For Love” also failed to chart and a fourth “Without You (One And One)” (produced by soul-funk group Driza Bone) only managed No.71 in the UK in the Summer of 1991.

In 1993 Lindy signed to Pete Waterman’s legendary label PWL and recorded the singles “We Got The Love” (UK No.38) and “Show Me” (UK No.47) but following their disappointing chart placings, no album was recorded and Lindy had left PWL by the end of the year.

Apart for a few small hits and an album in Japan in 1996, Lindy has not troubled the charts anymore. She has, however, carved out a career as a songwriter with fellow writer and producer Mark Kootchi. Her most notable works are with the group Groove Diggerz for whom she wrote their song “Body Flow”. In 2009 they recorded “Just Be Good To Me”, a reworking of “Dub Be Good To Me” and asked Lindy to provide the vocals, just as she had done nearly twenty years earlier.

She performed with London group Dub Pistols at Glastonbury in 2010 and in 2013 Lindy hosted a short-lived radio show on Kane FM. In 2014 she took to the stage at the Penn Festival in Amersham and performed her best known song for a delighted crowd!

Lindy in 1990………………………………..and Lindy 2018

You can keep in touch with Lindy via her FACEBOOK page

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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