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Scary Thieves


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Scary Thieves were a short-lived English 1980s New Wave band, best known for their 1984 hit “Tell Me Girl” and their 1985 hit “The Waiting Game”. Both songs are included on the “Hardest Hits” compilations, which focus on obscure New Wave/Synth bands that have little to big cult followings.

They released a handful of singles and even recorded a full-lenght album that was never released thanks to an internal conflict with a record exec. Shortly after, they disbanded and dissapeared from the scene.

The Scary Thieves Story

Chris Youdell - (synth player) and Phil Manikiza (singer) were songwriting partners, and through a mutual friend were introduced to manager Andy Fergurson (who managed the Undertones and Thomas Dolby at the time). They then were playing as a synth duo and decided to add a drummer (CP Snare) and guitarist (Ralph St Rose), to form Scary Thieves. With Andy Ferguson’s help they started doing demos for various labels in London and eventually had a bidding war going on between the labels to sign them! They did a final label showcase at the famous London Dingwalls, and signed to EMI. They then started recording their one and only album. They were given what at the time was a huge budget, and recorded in some of the best UK studios - Abbey Road, Martin Rushent’s Genetic (where Human Leagues’ Dare was recorded) Air and other really great studios. The album was produced by Steve Nye who had co-produced Japan’s albums.


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