It shows you how far and fast New Wave travelled. Five years earlier, Chris Sullivan might have been screaming lyrics in a punk band; in 1980, he could have been skanking in front of some neo-ska bunch. But in 1982, he was singing in a quasi-salsa/cool-jazz group wanting, in his words, to “bring back showbiz”.
Their second album, Chewing the Fat, used a number of big name producers (Langer and Winstanley, Godley and Creme, Mike Chapman), and the multi-ethnic London-based ten-piece turned in solid performances.
Blue Rondo à la Turk fractured with guitarist Mark Reilly, bassist Kito Poncioni and keyboard player Daniel White leaving to found the soon-to-be-chart-bound group Matt Bianco.
Art Collins, Tholo Tsegona, Moses Mount Bassie and Mike Bynoe also dropped out around this time, leaving the group a trio: vocalists Sullivan and Christos Tolera, and percussionist Geraldo D’Arbilly.
Mike (‘Choco Mick’) Lloyd Bynoe
Drums and timbales
Moses Mount Bassie
Tholo Peter Tsegona