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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The Chimes/Pauline Henry

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.

Check out Pauline’s WEBSITE and Pauline and The Chimes’ FACEBOOK page for more

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Written by Christopher Smith

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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