Breathe

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Breathe

If you raise your hands to heaven and pray, then maybe you’ll know what happened to 80’s group Breathe!

The London based trio that were Breathe had their biggest hit in 1988 with “Hands To Heaven”, which reached No.2 in the US and No.4 in the UK and although they disappeared as soon as they had arrived, their story had actually begun four years earlier.

Singer David Glasper (b.1965), Guitarist Marcus Lillington (b.1967) and drummer Ian Spice (b.1966) together with Michael Delahunty (b.1965) were all childhood friends and attended high school together. They formed the band Catch-22 in 1982 and played concerts for the school. When they left two years later, the foursome recorded demo’s which lead to them being signed by Virgin Records on their Siren label. it was at this time, they changed their name to Breathe. They released their debut single, “Don’t Tell Me Lies”, in January 1986, which made it to No.77 in the UK.

Breathe followed this with a precession of five follow up singles during 1986 and into 1987, “In All Honesty”, “Jonah”, “Any Trick”, “Hands To Heaven” (first issue) and “All That Jazz”, all of which flopped, as did their debut album of the same name, when it was released in August 1987. At the beginning of 1988, Delahunty left the band despondent at their lack of success, but if he had hung around for a couple more months, he wouldn’t of been so disheartened. The remaining three were not giving up just yet and went for a re-release of “Hands To Heaven” in July 1988, and with plenty of radio play and live appearances, were given a huge Summer hit that would go top five both in the UK and in America.

“Hands To Heaven” would also go top ten across much of Europe as well as in Canada and would lead to new interest in the album, “All That Jazz”. They followed this in the early Autumn with “How Can I Fall?” which capitalised on their transatlantic success by reaching No.3 on the US singles chart and topping the Adult Contemporary chart and would win a hattrick with a re-release of “Don’t Tell Me Lies” when it went top ten on the singles chart and No.5 on the AC chart. Sadly this success was not repeated back home, where both tracks just missed the top 40 and a re-release of “Jonah” could only make it as far as No.60. “All That Jazz” the album would eventually sell over 500,000 copies Stateside while just scraping over the 60,000 mark back in the UK.

After an exhausting three years, Breathe paused only for a matter of months before beginning work on a follow up in mid-1989. The first new single, “Say A Prayer”, was delivered in August 1990 and while it gave the band a fourth top ten hit on the US AC chart, it bombed back home, as did the album, “Peace Of Mind”. Two more singles were lifted from this, “Say Hello” and “Does She Love That Man?”, which followed suit, although the latter made No.34 on the US singles chart. And so Breathe drew their last breath. They disbanded completely in 1992.

For many years after that, Glasper disappeared out of sight until 2012 when he started a website and a YouTube account with demos of new songs he had written. Two years later, on his 49th birthday, he released a seven track, self-titled album of songs digitally. He currently lives near Bangkok, Thailand. Lillington also disappeared out of sight and was working in the early years of the internet on website and design, forming his own company in 2002. He sang in the band Stroke The Toad, who issued their debut album in 2008, also digitally. Ian Spice also dropped out of the music business soon after and little is known about his activities in the immediate years after the band split up. Sadly, he died in September 2000 at the age of just 34.

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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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