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Black Lace are a British pop group noted for their deliberately light weight hits such as “The Music Man”, “Agadoo” and “Superman”. They also represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 in Jerusalem, with the song “Mary Ann”, which finished seventh.

The group, whose biggest hits were obtained as a duo, started out as a four-piece group. The hit-making duo comprised of Colin Routh (born 8 September 1953) and Alan Barton (born 16 September 1953; died 23 March 1995).

Amongst the songs by other artists that Black Lace recorded were The Sweet’s “Wig Wam Bam”, The Village People’s “YMCA” and Los Del Rio’s “Macarena”. Some of their more original works, were “Music Man”, , and “Superman”. “Agadoo”, one of their biggest hits, is often thought to be an original, but is in fact a translated cover version of a French song, “Agadou”, a European hit in 1975. Agadoo has just been recorded again by Dene Michael,one of the original members from 1986,Agadoo Mambo 2009.

A few of the duo’s songs (e.g. “Gang Bang” - not the song by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band) are somewhat risqué, but the overall feeling is “seaside postcard” (a la Benny Hill) rather than obscene. They appeared in the British independent film Rita, Sue and Bob Too, as themselves, performing the song.

During their career, which has spanned almost 30 years, they were immortalised in the spoof TV show “Spitting Image” in the mid-1980s, with “The Chicken Song” a parody of “Agadoo”.

They are well known for their catchy, cheerful bubblegum pop style of music, and their music is often played at children’s parties.


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