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There is more than one artist with the name Real Life.

1. Real Life was a Melbourne-based Australian New Wave band that had hits with its debut single, “Send Me an Angel” (1983) and with “Catch Me, I’m Falling” (1984), both of which were featured on the band’s debut album Heartland (1983).

The band originally consisted of David Sterry (lead vocals/guitar), Richard Zatorski (violin/keyboard), Alan Johnson (bass) and Danny Simcic (drums). Steve Williams (keyboard) replaced Zatorski in 1986, who was then replaced by George Pappas in 1996 after a long hiatus of band activity.

Real Life released their second and final album with the original lineup in 1985 titled Flame, which spawned minor hits “One Blind Love” and “Face To Face” although neither the album nor the singles repeated their previous success. The first single “No Shame” failed to chart, a video was shot for the second single “Face to Face” and it got airplay in Australia but nothing in the way of success. In 1986, they recorded the controversial song “Babies”, which was even less successful, for a new North American release Down Comes the Hammer. “Babies”, was the first new recording by the band that was not written by David Sterry and Zatorski. There were two other new songs and a re-mix of “Send Me an Angel”. Incredibly this was to be the first of three best of albums after the band had only recorded two studio LPs. Zatorski left the band due to management pressure and attended law school and is now a practising lawyer in Melbourne.

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  • TheBlackRaven87

    @totenpartei: yes you're right. That wasn't even their only hit here in germany. Catch Me I'm Falling was also in the top 10 for a short time and for me just as good as Send Me An Angel. I probably should check out Heartland. 1984 is my favourite year of "mainstream" music. Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, Thompson Twins, The Stranglers...they all had very good albums in 1984.

    30 Aug 1:30pm Reply
  • fernbom

    Top Listener! :)

    13 Aug 11:17am Reply
  • fernbom

    Many albums now available on Spotify! In the 90s their sound was a mix of Mesh and The Shamen.

    5 Aug 2:49pm Reply
  • DjsMix74

    Amazing band!!!

    17 Mar 11:19pm Reply
  • totenpartei

    So underrated they have other songs besides Send Me An Angel people.

    22 Feb 7:46pm Reply
  • 1711

    Heart Land is just a perfect album. There's not only Send Me An Angel to appreciate.

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TheLifeOfDreams

    Do I dare say underrated 80s band?

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • Cimersies

    Amazing band !

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • DonMetod

    Thomas Anders - Heisskalter Engel (caver-version Send me an engel)

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • subundermusique

    gracias padre por introducirme en el new wave, gracias paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa . de Angelo para su papa José

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • PRSexton

    bicycle boogie.

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • RosesOfTomorrow

    shark dance

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Lesscities

    I go with the 12" of Face to face!!!

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • williamc99

    A GOOD GROUP CAPICHE?!

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Pieerrot

    Send me an angel -q

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • lhm1138

    Very underrated group. They have other songs just as great as Send Me An Angel. Their last two albums were ace.

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • williamc99

    Love this band and their songs.

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • ativke

    Yeah I'd say more Scorpions meets Dead or Alive.

    2 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Casteja

    mi segunda banda preferida tras Depeche Mode. Todos sus discos son buenos, de verdad no os quedeis solo con Heartland (es casi el que menos me gusta) Lifetime es un discazo, Happy e Imperfection tienen unas canciones geniales.

    2 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Timo_JZ

    i always thought that send me an angel was by the petshop boys ..... shame on me

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
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