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Red Box is a British pop group formed in the 1980s. The group was originally a five-piece band, and released its debut single “Chenko” on Cherry Red Records in 1983. Following this, the band slimmed down to a duo, Simon Toulson-Clarke and Julian Close, and took on a more synthpop direction. Their second single “Saskatchewan” (a cover of the Buffy Sainte-Marie song) brought them to the attention of WEA, who signed the duo.

In 1985 they enjoyed their first UK hit single, “Lean On me (Ah-Li-Ayo)”, an anthemic song which was promoted with an unusual video in which a British sign language interpreter provided a translation of the song’s lyrics. The following year, Red Box (with the help of numerous guest musicians) released the album The Circle and the Square.

Toulson-Clarke responded to WEA’s request for something to appeal to American radio with the sardonic “For America”, which lambasted what he saw as the style-over-content approach of the American media, as well as alluding to American military involvement in Grenada and Nicaragua. Unsurprisingly, the song was not a hit in the USA, though it did reach the top ten in several countries including the UK.

In 1990 they scored a club hit with Enjoy which was essentially a remix of an old B-side by Paul Oakenfold under the Solid Gold Easy Amex name.

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