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Hue & Cry

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Hue & Cry are coatbridge brothers Patrick (vocals) and Greg (instruments) Kane, who have been recording and performing since the mid-to-late 1980s to the present day. The Kanes became known for both their creative jazz-pop style records and Patrick’s distinctive, soulful voice (drawing strong similarities to Level 42 in both respects) - despite not achieving overwhelming commercial success, they are well respected by a large fanbase, and have recorded and released albums regularly (some of them failing to chart in the UK).

Their biggest hit via the singles chart in the UK came with ‘Labour of Love’, a punchy, identifiable record which reached #6, spending a total of 16 weeks on the chart (they also managed to secure two top ten albums, ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote / The Bitter Suite’ in the late 1980s). Their only other top 20 hit arrived with ‘Looking For Linda’ in 1989, though both their ‘Violently (Your Words Hit Me)’ EP in the same year and a remix of ‘Labour of Love’ in 1993 scored them top 30 successes.

Hue & Cry have witnessed a minor rebirth in the last couple of years thanks to finishing in the final seven of ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’, an ITV1 show in the UK in which artists and bands who faded from the public eye were given the chance to perform their best-known numbers and a cover version in order to win public votes (the overall winner then being given a recording contract). Shakin’ Stevens won the contest, but H&C managed to rouse a huge number of votes thanks to both their trademark hit and a highly entertaining performance of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’.

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  • Returnletterman

    Two lots of Hue and Cry in my library,how dumb!

    22 Jun 1:12pm Reply
  • rusty2000

    Best 80s Pop/Funk/White Soul band ever - and that is official!

    30 May 2010 Reply
  • Joseph_C

    Wrong group name: SEE Hue and Cry

    26 May 2009 Reply
  • robrainford

    A crucial element I will provide.

    23 Aug 2008 Reply
  • macsimusmaximus

    It was more like a dental extraction than a parting of the ways.

    2 May 2008 Reply
  • Jimbop_

    I love the way this song is sung. It's so unique!

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Rosemary

    Looking For Linda gets played semi-regularly where I work, which is always cheering.

    9 Aug 2007 Reply
  • brettpr

    When they came for the Jews and the blacks, I turned away When they came for the writers and the thinkers and the radicals and the protesters, I turned away When they came for the gays, and the minorities, and the utopians, and the dancers, I turned away And when they came for me, I turned around and around, and there was nobody left...

    22 Jul 2007 Reply
  • bmfstonecold

    Ain't gonna work for you no more! X

    17 Jan 2007 Reply
  • robrainford

    Three foot blasts of fire.

    13 Oct 2006 Reply
  • Rosemary

    She spent thirty-five pounds on one pack of ciggies, running an errand for him indoors

    13 Sep 2006 Reply
  • marcorai

    We've found the only thing more powerful than the boss - new computer religion going down right here

    29 Jun 2006 Reply
  • Rosemary

    Pseudo-satisfaction, baby.

    14 Apr 2006 Reply

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