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Eighth Wonder

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(1983 – 1989)

Eighth Wonder were formed in London in 1983 when Patsy Kensit, aged 14, volunteered herself for an audition for the vacant job of lead singer in her brother’s band, then called Spice.
The audition was a success and Patsy joined what was initially a line up consisting of Jamie Kensit; guitar, Geoff Beauchamp; guitar, Lawrence Lewis on bass, Jake Walters on drums and a friend called Nigel on percussion. Musically it initially reflected the members interest in the white funk which was so popular in London clubs and venues at the time. Jamie and some of the band had been regulars at London’s famous Le Beat Route and Wag clubs and were influenced by Haircut 100 and Stimulin.
During the summer they rehearsed and made their live debut in a club in a West London Suburb in early Autumn 1983. Through the rest of 1983 and the beginning of 1984 the band did more gigs in pubs and clubs all over the country and started to build up a following and attract some press attention.
During the late part of 1984 changes started to take place. Firstly, the band line-up changed, Nigel left and Alex Godson, a keyboard player, joined the band. Secondly Patsy started to take a major role in the group’s songwriting with the other band members. Thirdly, the band’s name was changed, after much deliberation, to Eigth Wonder (a song by the Sugar Hill Gang).

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