Hue And Cry


They never stopped looking for Linda, but we are looking for Hue and Cry. It’s become a “Labour Of Love”!

80’s groups came and 80’s groups went. Every one we feature has been successful at some point, and brothers Greg and Pat Kane aka Hue and Cry are no exception. Born in Coatbridge, Scotland the pair released their debut single, “Here Comes Everybody” in 1986. It was not a hit but it did attract attention and they were subsequently signed to Virgin Records. Their first release there “I Refuse” made it to No.85 in the UK.

But it was their second single “Labour Of Love” that propelled them to chart stardom when it reached No.6 in the Summer of 1987. The pair released their debut album soon after “Seduced And Abandoned” which made No.22 in the UK. Further singles included “Strength To Strength” (UK No.46) and a re-issue of “I Refuse” which made No.47 the second time around.

The brothers returned in late 1988 with “Ordinary Angel”, the first taster of their second album “Remote” that was released that November. The single faltered at No.42 in the UK, but the follow up “Looking For Linda” put them back in the top 40 in January 1989 and reached No.15. “Remote” eventually broke the top 10 on the UK album chart.

Their follow up “Violently” reached No.21 in April that year and gave them their third UK top 40 hit and was followed by “Sweet Invisibility” which charted at No.55.

Greg and Pat decided on a change in musical direction for their third album “Stars Crash Down” which came in 1991. Latin vibes mixed with folk, country and a hint of jazz were the order of the day here and the album equaled “Remote”s chart high of No.10, although the singles “My Salt Heart” and “Long Term Lovers Of Pain” did not reach the UK top 40.

In 1993 a greatest hits package, “Labours Of Love”, was released and made No.27 in the UK. It featured a remix of their biggest hit “Labour Of Love” by Joey Negro and was issued as a single, this time making No.25 and becoming their last and most recent top 40 entry.

Despite releasing albums in 1994 and 1999, their popularity had diminished considerably and by the end of the decade and the century, the pair called it a day. But ‘retirement’ didn’t last long. In 2005 they regrouped and appeared on ITV’s Hit Me Baby One More Time and came second in the contest, being beaten by Shakin Stevens! Since then they have performed regularly at 80’s music festivals across the UK.

They released their first album for nine years, “Open Soul”, in 2008, which reached No.42 on the Scottish album chart as well as the singles “The Last Stop” and “Fireball”. Greg and Pat have recorded further works ever since with their most recent “Pocketful of Stones” in 2017.

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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!