A large part of their success was undoubtedly down to lead singer Roland Gift, possessor of a particularly distinctive voice and once voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world (sadly I only made it to number 51...ahem).
After the band split he pretty much vanished from view for 20 years or so, apparently happy to be a dad and family man until a self released solo album in 2002.
In the past few years he's returned to live performances, playing the odd festival and guesting with Jools Holland on a recent tour but now it seems as though he's finally getting round to writing and recording some more new stuff. Seemingly out of nowhere he announced a brief (a mere 4 dates) UK tour a few weeks ago which will no doubt see some of these tracks unveiled for the very first time. Returning to his home city of Brum (he was born and raised in Sparkhill for the first 11 years of his life) the whole thing kicks off in the intimate surroundings of the Hare and Hounds this Wednesday September 3rd. Tickets still available!