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Encyclopedia entry for 'Eurogliders' LETTER:

Formed in 1980
StylePop, soul
 Original line-up: Bernie Lynch (guitar, vocals; aka Rip Torn, ex-Stockings), Grace Knight (vocals), Amanda Vincent (keyboards), Crispin Ackerman (guitar), Jeff Rosenberg (bass; ex-Hot Air Band, Stockley See Mason Band), John Bennetts (drums; ex-Stockings)
 Albums: Pink Suit Blue Day (PolyGram, 1982), This Island (CBS, 1984), Absolutely (CBS, 1985), Groove (CBS, 1988).

History
Perth band Eurogliders represented the accessible face of post-punk new wave music. The band's sophisticated brand of pop was traditional in its structure, but displayed the decidedly `modern veneer' (hip clothes, heavy use of synthesiser) of the day. This resulted in a good deal of success and chart action for the band.

Bernie Lynch formed the original version of Eurogliders (then known as Living Single) during 1980 with his partner, UK-born vocalist Grace Knight. Prior to that he had fronted new wave band The Stockings as Rip Torn. The Stockings comprised Frank Lee (guitar), Lon Gerae (bass) and Fred A'Snare (real name John Johnson, drums). Lynch left in 1980 to be replaced by Boris Garter (real name Bob Fallovic, guitar, vocals). The Stockings issued the 12-inch EP `Street Talking' (April 1980), the singles `(She's a) Devil'/`Tiny Voices' (May 1981), `Good Luck'/`Make You Cry' (August) and `Limbo'/`Boy Girls' (January 1982), plus the albums Red Tango (September 1981) and Limbo (April 1982) on the Rough Diamond label.

In late 1981, Eurogliders travelled to the Philippines to record their debut album for PolyGram. Even though the airfares and recording costs were cheaper, the experiment proved costly in the long run. Unhappy with the results, the band eventually re-recorded several songs and remixed the whole album. Despite such misgivings, Pink Suit New Day and the singles `Without You'/`No Goodbyes' (#32 in August 1982) and `Laughing Matter'/`Sharpening Knives' (September) provided Eurogliders with a strong foothold in the Australian market.

In 1983, Eurogliders signed an international deal with CBS. The first single on CBS was `No Action'/`All this Rain' (March). Jeff Rosenberg left at that stage, and the band travelled to the UK in July 1983 to record the all-important second album. Ron Francois (ex-Teardrop Explodes, Lene Lovich Band) joined as the band's new bass player. Eurogliders' return in December coincided with the release of their fourth single, `Another Day in the Big World'/`Simon'.

The band found success with the UK-recorded, Nigel Gray-produced album This Island which concentrated on a funky, dance-oriented sound. The album reached #5 in July 1984 and produced two of the band's most memorable singles, the national #1 hit `Heaven (Must be There)'/`Heliograph' (April 1984) and `Maybe Only I Dream' (August). `Heaven (Must be There)' also charted in the US Top 50, and the band was invited to play at the MTV Awards in New York.

Absolutely (October 1985) featured a smoother soul-influenced sound. It made the national Top 5, sold over 130 000 copies and yielded four singles, `We Will Together'/`Wildlife' (#8 in May 1985), `City of Soul'/`When the Stars Come Out' (#16 in September), `Can't Wait to See You'/`I Like to Hear It' (#11 in January 1986) and `Absolutely'/`Learning How to Swim' (#19 in April 1986). In early 1987, Amanda Vincent, John Bennetts and Ron Francois all left the band. Lynch, Knight and Ackerman continued on with new players Guy Le Claire (guitar), Rex Goh (guitar; ex-Air Supply), Lindsay Jehan (bass) and Steve Sowerby (drums).

1988's Groove was the band's most overtly soul/R&B/funk influenced album to date, and it peaked at #18 on the national chart. It contained the singles `Groove'/`Groovethang' (#9 in April), `It Must be Love'/`Ain't Nothing' (June), `Listen'/ `Christmas in Kings Cross' (September) and `Precious' (March 1989). The band called it a day in 1989. Grace Knight pursued a successful career as a jazz singer.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

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