Cicero

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Cicero

Say hello to Cicero. Wave goodbye to Cicero. Remember him?

Being signed to the Pet Shop Boys own label should of been a recipe to world wide success? Shouldn’t it? So why do we not speak of Cicero as a music giant and still ‘bop’ to his tunes? And who or what is Cicero? Well David Cicero was born in Long Island, NY but relocated to Scotland when his parent separated in the 1980’s. A huge PSB pan, it was after he saw them play live in Glasgow in 1988 that he sent them a demo tape. Chris Lowe liked it and singed him to their own label, Spaghetti without delay.

He released his debut single “Heaven Must Have Sent You Back to Me” in August 1991 but, despite having famous and successful backers, it failed to chart anywhere. More successful was its follow up “Love Is Everywhere”, released in January 1992 it found its way into the UK top twenty, perhaps production by Neil and Chris helped that, just as they had done with Dusty Springfield, Liza Minnelli and Eighth Wonder some years before.

A third PSB produced single “That Loving Feeling” came that Spring but stalled at No.46 in the UK. He released his debut album “Future Boy” (definitely a PSB sounding title!) came that June but failed to made an impression with anyone. The following month “Heaven Must Have Sent You Back to Me” was re-released, re-produced by PSB and with a video directed by Lowe. This time it did chart, but only as far as No.70 in the UK.

Cicero contributed the song “Live For Today” for the film ‘The Crying Game’, featuring backing singer Sylvia Mason-James – who provided vocals on Jimmy Nail’s five week chart topper “Ain’t No Doubt”. The soundtrack proved a hit as did the title theme sung by Boy George, but Cicero’s contribution did not.

In 1996 he left Spaghetti Records and went as an independent artist. He did support the mighty Take That on their tour that year and released the singles “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” and “She Had A Way” through Clubscene Records. Neither did anything at all. And that was it. Or was it?

On a 2008 episode of the BBC celebrity quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Cicero made an appearance in a line up on the Mystery Guest round. Could the panel work out which one he was…?

Despite vanishing again, Dave Cicero has continued to record and release music, his most recent being the single “Face This World Alone” in 2015.

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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!