Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Vicious Pink - Cccan't You See & Soft Cell
Vicious Pink are a great example of a band that should have been huge but didn't quite break through despite a large underground and club following (in Europe and North America) and a very strong look.
Starting life as Vicious Pink Phenomenon in Leeds, England, they were originally elektro megastars Soft Cell's backing singers (they can be seen on the SC live performance below) who then went solo producing a string of club hits that never made the higher echelons of the pop charts. Their biggest hit Cccan't You See (featured on Elektro Diskow) only made no. 67 in the UK charts in 1984 but was a club favourite the world over. With their S&M overtones and almost industrial Fairlight-driven sound, VP were big on the emerging EBM and Belgian New Beat scene. Their stripped-back single 8.15 to Nowhere was even re-released in Belgium in '88 as New Beat was exploding.