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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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