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Curiosity Killed the Cat

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Curiosity Killed the Cat was a British band who found success in the United Kingdom pop charts in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

They played soulful, funky pop jazz and were initially signed to Phonogram Records’ Mercury imprint. The first came to notice of the UK music and style press when they hooked up with photographer Andy Warhol for the video of the 1986 single Misfit. This featured the band in New York and at one point featured Ben Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot dancing down a side street whilst Andy Warhol referenced Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by dropping pieces of white card in time to the music (an efect that would also be copied by INXS in the Mediate of 1988).

Their debut album Keep Your Distance entered the British charts at number one in May 1987, and stayed in the Top Ten for 13 weeks, however the release of that album’s “Free” lost some of the momentum by limping to only Number 56 in the UK charts.

The bands second album Getahead was lead by an upbeat funky track called “Name and Number”. Even though this record only reached Number 14 in 1989, the “Hey How You Doin’” refrain would find itself in the Top Ten two years later as part of the De La Soul song “Ring Ring Ring (Hey Hey Hey)”.

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