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Passions, The

The Passions formed in Shepherds Bush, west London, in 1978.  Guitarist Clive Timperley was formerly with The 101ers, whilst drummer Richard Williams and singer/guitarist Barbara Louise Gogan were in punk band The Derelicts.

Their first single, Needles and Pills ( March 1979), won them a recording contract with Fiction Records.

passions_005Their debut album, Michael and Miranda  was released in 1980, followed by the singles Hunted and Swimmer. Bidwell and Barker left the band at this stage, with David Agar (once a member of the fledgling Spandau Ballet) taking over duties on the bass.

Their big break came with a major chart hit in I’m in Love With a German Film Star (1981) – a misty, trance-like song featuring delicate echoplex guitar work from Timperley.

A second album, 30,000 Feet Over China, was released in August 198, and included previously released A-sides and several brand new recordings.

Unfortunately The Passions were unable to ever repeat the success they had with German Film Star and – after a number of line-up changes and tours of Europe and the US – eventually disbanded in 1983.

passionsBarbara Gogan
Vocals
Clive Timperley

Guitar, vocals
Mitch Barker

Vocals
Claire Bidwell
Bass, vocals
Richard Williams
Drums
Kevin Armstrong
Guitar
David Agar
Bass
Jeff Smith
Keyboards
Stephen Wright 

Guitar 
Dack Dyde 

Guitar

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