Zoe

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Zoe

Does sunshine on a rainy day make your soul trip, trip away? Well it did for Zoe in the 1990’s and probably still does!

by Christopher Smith

London born Zoe Pollock (born 1969) began her career auditioning for the group Brilliant, lead by producer Martin Glover aka ‘Youth’, who produced such 90’s classics as Blue Pearl’s “Naked In The Rain” and Bananarama‘s “Preacher Man”. She released her debut single “Sunshine On A Rainy Day” in the Autumn of 1990 but it stopped just short of the top 40 at No.53 in the UK.

The track was a mellow, late Summer tune that perhaps was released too late in the day for it to make any impact on the singles chart at the time. Undettered, Zoe (who was now dating ‘Youth’) performed backing vocals on Bananarama’s 1991 album “Pop Life” that included the top twenty hit “Preacher Man”! Once this had been completed and released, She began writing and recording her debut album “Scarlet Red And Blue” but prior to it’s release, ‘Youth’ remixed “Sunshine” into a more funky dance track and upon its re-release in the Summer of 1991 it reached No.4 in the UK as well as charting across Europe and reaching No.1 in Zimbabwe!

The song has been covered numerous times, most notably by Australian singer Christine Anu in 2000 who took it to No.26 down under (Zoe’s version could only make No.147), Spice Girl Emma Bunton in 2001 and strangely by supermodel Naomi Campbell for her short-lived music career in 1994. Zoe released her second single “Lightning” in October 1991 which made No.37 in the UK. The album could only make it as far as No.67 on the UK album chart.

A third single “Holy Days” was released early in 1992 but this stalled at No.72. Zoe returned in 1996 with her second album “Hammer”, styled on American rock, both the title track and the album failed to make the chart anywhere and Zoe ‘retired’ from music to become a sculptor and potter as well as travelling around the world (presumably witnessing much sunshine on rainy days?!).

She would return in 2008 forming the musical partnership Mama with singer Sarah McQuaid. The pair released an album “Crow Coyote Buffalo” later that year which also includes a new folk recording of “Sunshine On A Rainy Day”. Nothing like reinventing your best known and biggest hit is there?! As far as we know, Zoe lives in Cornwall with her two children.

Keep in touch with Zoe through LINKEDIN and her FACEBOOK music group

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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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