Discovered in Los Angeles in 1979 by Peter Gabriel, Vivabeat were the first American signing to the British Charisma label.
The band came and went, and few noticed – in fact, they are so obscure today that Charisma’s all-encompassing 1993 box set ignored them.
Vivabeat’s gifts were legion: sweeping tunes such as Man From China, which Peter Gabriel admitted “influenced” his own Games Without Frontiers and the sure-fire hit single (it flopped) This House Is Burning (But There’s No One Home).
Band leader Mick Muhlfriedel was last seen penning the soundtrack to a PBS documentary, The Natural History Of The Chicken. So it goes . . .
Three members of Vivabeat ultimately died of AIDS: Alec Murphy in 1986, Connie de Silva in 1991, and Terrance Robay in 1994.
Marina Del Rey
Connie de Silva