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"The Blokes Wanted To Hit Us Because Their Girlfriends Fancied Us" Andy Kyriacou 2022

Modern Romance was a British pop group that formed in 1980. The band was founded by Geoffrey Deane and David Jaymes, who met while working at a recording studio in London. The initial lineup of the band consisted of Deane (vocals), Jaymes (bass), Paul Gendler (guitar), Andy Kyriacou (drums), Robbie Jaymes (keyboards), and John Du Prez (trumpet).

Modern Romance's early singles were released on the independent label Bubble Records. They gained attention with their debut single, "Everybody Salsa," which reached the Top 20 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981. A string of successful singles followed this, including "Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey" (1981), "Queen of the Rapping Scene (Nothing Ever Goes the Way You Plan)" (1981), "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" (1982), and "Walking in the Rain" (1983).

Modern Romance's music blended pop, ska, and Latin rhythms, and their live shows featured energetic choreography and colourful outfits. They became popular in the UK and Europe and succeeded in other parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

In 1983, the band released their self-titled debut album, which featured their hit singles and other tracks that showcased their eclectic sound. The album reached the Top 20 on the UK Albums Chart. Modern Romance continued to tour and release music throughout the 1980s, but its popularity waned in the mid-1980s. They released their final album, Burn It!, in 1985.

After the band's breakup, some members pursued other musical projects, while others continued to work in the music industry as producers and songwriters. In the years since Modern Romance's music has been featured in films and TV shows, fans of 1980s pop music have celebrated the band's legacy.

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