Curiosity Killed The Cat

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Curiosity Killed The Cat

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For a brief time in the late 1980’s British group Curiosity Killed The Cat notched up chart hits all over the world. They returned in the early 90’s reduced to just Curiosity but still managed a top five hit. The band were made up of singer Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot (born 1965), guitarist Julian Brookhouse (born 1963), keyboard player Nick Thorp (born 1964) and drummer Mig Drummond (born 1964). The group debuted in 1986 with the song “Misfit” which, erm, missed the charts completely. More successful was their second release “Down To Earth” which rocketed to No.3 in the UK and No.5 in Ireland as well as charting in many other parts of the world.

Their first single of 1987 was “Ordinary Day” which reached No.11 in the UK and No.13 in Ireland and preceded their debut album “Keep Your Distance” in April that year. The album would top the UK chart receiving a Platinum certification after a re-release of “Misfit” would take the song to No.7 in the UK and then No.42 in America, where the album would make it to No.55. A fourth single “Free” would reach No.56 later in 1987.

After touring and taking a break, CKTC were back in 1989 with “Name And Number” which made it to No.14 in the UK and become a minor hit across Europe. Their second album “Getahead” would only chart at No.29 in the UK and following the failure of the second single “First Place”, the band were dropped by their label Mercury Records. “Name And Number” would have a more successful fling two years later when it was sampled for De La Soul’s 1991 release “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)” which reached No.10 in the UK and No.16 in the US!

Undeterred, and with one member less, they remerged in 1992 under the shortened name of Curiosity with a cover version of Johnny Bristol’s 1974 US and UK top ten hit “Hang On In There Baby” which reached No.3 in the UK, equalling their singles chart high of “Down To Earth”, as well as becoming a sizeable hit across Europe. It was the first track to be lifted from a third album “Back To Front”, which sadly along with three other singles, did nothing. The group finally disbanded soon after, although a greatest hits came out in 1996 which seems to of been completely missed by all.

Mig and Nick went on to form their own record company which was later bought by Eidos, Julian would score films and TV shows and Ben…well Ben still thinks it’s 1986! He regularly pops up at 80’s music festivals and get-togethers performing on his own but still using the Curiosity Killed The Cat brand (and I’m sure that hat is stapled to his head!).

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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!