The music of the eighties had it in itself and in every respect. The artists were shrill, bizarre, beautifully weird. Many had an outfit that was like a statement. We remember extravagant performances and music history was written. New music styles like Neue Deutsche Welle established themselves and synthie pop à la Depeche Mode came out big. The pop genre had its climax with big stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna or Elton John.
Incomparable and unforgotten – the stars of the 80s
But above all the many different pop groups of the 80s stars, who stormed the charts of the charts every week, played their music unforgettably into the hearts of their fans. Names like Alphaville, Sandra, Duran Duran and Rick Astley remain an integral part of the music of the 80s. Many still find their way into the charts with new and old hits and perform on the big stages of the world.
History of the British pop band Matt Bianco
The British pop band Matt Bianco is the one who should not be missed when naming the 80s stars. This extraordinary music group has created its very own musical style in the form of a mixture of Ethno-Jazz, Latin Music and Pop. Their rousing sounds paired with catchy lyrics have quickly reached the charts of pop music and created a large fan base. The band was originally formed in the UK in 1982. The band name Matt Bianco is fictional and is not, as you might think, based on the name of one of the band members, but is the name of a self-made spy. The artists liked agent films – et volià, the name was fixed.
In their first line-up the band consisted of front singer Mark Reilly, bassist Kito Poncioni and Danny White, who played the keyboard; for the background vocals, the Polish Baisa Trzetrzelewska was taken on board. The keyboarder left Matt Bianco after a short time to start a solo career together with the Polish singer Basia, so that Mark Fisher was engaged. He had already been on tour with the British band Wham! He remained with the pop band Matt Bianco until his death in 2016 and produced most of the most successful songs and record albums together with Mark Reilly. The singer Jenni Evans was also hired and stayed with the band until 1986. Bassist Kito Poncioni also left the band early to return to his native Brazil. Therefore, the band had the greatest successes under Mark Reilly and Mark Fisher and the duo had immense triumphs and filled concert halls.
The great success of Matt Bianco
The first big hit of the 80s stars was “Get out of your lazy Bed” in 1984, which lasted more than 30 weeks in the German charts alone and also stormed the charts in the United Kingdom. The single was a release of the first album “Whose Side are you on?“, which became more than successful. This was followed by the hits “Sneaking out the Backdoor“, “Whose Side are you on?” and their phenomenal hit “Half a Minute“, which probably remained in the ears of everyone who enjoyed the 80s until today. In 1986 the album followed, which was released under their band name Matt Bianco and from which the singles “Yeh Yeh“, “Just can’t stand it” and “Dancing in the Street” were extracted. The producer Emilio Estefan and husband of Gloria Estefan was hired by the two and produced the album “Indigo” together with the two artists, from which four singles like “Don’t blame it on that girl” and “Wap-Bam-Boogie” were released. A Best Of album was released in 1990.
In 2002, the successful duo separated. For some time frontman Mark Reilly got together again with the early retired Danny White and the singer Basia Trzetrzelewska and together they released the record album “Matt’s Mood“, with which the three musicians started their world tour in 2005. They played in the USA, Japan and Great Britain. However, this formation only considered this one album, as well as the following tour and the three, separated again afterwards. Until the death of Mark Fisher the two successful artists produced again under the successful name of the pop band Matt Bianco and released several albums like “Hifi Bossanova” and “Hideaway“.
Mark Reilly in his own way
After most of the fans thought Mark Reilly was Matt Bianco in person anyway, he continued alone after the death of Mark Fisher and recorded an album together with the Dutch big band New Cool Collective. He released the album “Gravity” and released the earlier albums in a deluxe version. The success is unbroken since the beginning of the 80s and the singer Mark Reilly with his soulful voice breathes life into his alias Matt Bianco. He belongs definitely to the stars of the 80s – Matt Bianco. The music style, which can be called New Jazz, is still very popular with the fans.
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