It’s been nearly thirty years, but The Chimes still haven’t found what they were looking for, but where can you find them?!
by Christopher Smith
The Chimes were a short-lived group formed in 1989 by bassist Mike Peden and percussionist James Locke, both born in Edinburgh, and Jamaican born singer Pauline Henry. The group released their debut single “1-2-3” in the Summer of 1989 which did well in New Zealand, reaching No.4 there and it also made an appearance on the US single chart too at No.86 as well as topping the US dance chart! In the UK, it peaked at No.60.
The follow up “Heaven” was released at the end of the year and followed “1-2-3” to the top of the US dance chart but didn’t quite make the singles chart. Again it went top 5 in New Zealand and made No.66 in the UK. The group brought out their debut album “The Chimes” in early 1990 that would peak at No.3 in New Zealand and chart around Europe. But it was their third single, a cover of U2’s 1987 hit “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” that the group would gain global attention and success. The song reached No.6 in the UK and charted top ten across Europe and Australasia. Even Bono of U2 was full of praise stating that is was the “only cover version I have heard that’s done the original justice”, adding “at last someone’s come along to sing it properly!” Praise indeed!
It helped sales of the album in the UK that would eventually peak at No.17 and be certified Silver for sales of over 60,000 copies. The group’s next single “True Love” was released in June of 1990 and made No.48 in the UK. They re-released “Heaven” in the UK in September, which this time reached a new high of No.24. A fourth single “Love Comes To Mind” reached No.49 in December.
Strangely the group went their separate ways soon after this and never recorded a follow up album. Mike Peden would go on to produce albums for many artists including Mica Paris, David Bowie, Des’ree, Kelly Clarkson, Tina Turner, Lena Fiagbe, Shakira, Delta Goodrem, Emma Bunton and The Lighthouse Family. In 2009 he was named at one of the ten most successful producers in the world of the decade.
It was hardly surprising that Pauline Henry would pursue a solo career and released her debut single “Too Many People” in July 1993, reaching No.38 in the UK. Her best known single is a cover of Bad Company’s 1975 US top ten hit “Feel Like Making Love”, which Henry took to No.17 in the UK in October that year.
She released “Can’t Take Your Love” in early 1994 making No.30 in the UK and “Watch The Miracle Start” in May (UK No.54), all from her debut album “Pauline” which peaked at No.45 in the UK. She released “Sugar Free” (UK No.57) and “Love Hangover” (UK No.37), her version of Diana Ross’ 1976 classic in 1995, from her ‘covers’ album “Do Over” and in 1996 reworked Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle’s 1986 hit “Never Knew Love Like This” with Wayne Marshall and took it to No.40 in the UK.
Henry left music soon after this and has obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree and a masters degree in Intellectual Property Law! She returned to live performing in 2014 and has released the singles “Sunshine” and “I Got The Feeling Right” in 2015. She re-recorded “Heaven” for an expanded 2016 re-issue of the The Chimes only studio album.
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