Thursday, April 30, 2015


Does the name sound familiar? If not, some of the songs will. Howard Jones, described by AllMusic as "one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop" was a MAJOR pop star in the 80s in both his native UK and the US with a string of successful songs and albums, the biggest being Dream Into Action (#2 UK, #10 US)... then he went away. He was an important, figure in synth-pop, often combining the New Wave sound with an optimistic, 60s feel. Jones bombarded the charts with classic hits like What is Love (#2 UK), New Song (#3 UK), Things Can Only Get Better (#6 UK, #5 US), No One Is To Blame (#4 US), Everlasting Love (#12 US) and Life in One Day (#14 UK, #19 US).  Howard still tours and records when he feels like it, even releasing the album Ordinary Heroes in 2009. Mostly we can remember him by his wonderful 80s hits and this quote about his career that is just bad-ass, "I wasn't fashionable. I never got good reviews. But I'm proud of the fact that I wasn't liked by the media... Pop music is so reactionary and bigoted. And I found that what's 'cool' is often very shallow and transient." Chew on that, bitches!!! Anyway, here are some of Howard's VERY cool hits for you to enjoy and remember on this Throwback Thursday.

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