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Kane Gang was a blue-eyed soul trio from North East England that had a few UK hits and one U.S. hit in the 1980s. They named themselves after the movie, Citizen Kane.

Vocalists Martin Brammer (b. c. 1958, in Seaham, County Durham) and Paul Woods and multi-instrumentalist Dave Brewis formed the trio in 1982, after meeting in small local bands, and signed to a small record label, which led to a deal with London Records in 1984.

Their debut album, Bad and Lowdown World of the Kane Gang (released in the U.S. as Lowdown), was released the next year, and spawned two UK hit singles, “Closest Thing To Heaven” (#12), and “Respect Yourself” (#21). The latter was also a hit in Australia, reaching #19. A third single, “Gun Law”, failed to crack the UK Top 40.

The band’s next album, Miracle, released in 1987, spawned two U.S. hit singles, “Motortown” (#36) (#45 UK), and “Don’t Look Any Further” (#64) (#52 UK).

Woods left the band in 1991 to attempt a solo career.

Brammer continues to write songs for other artists such as Tina Turner, Lighthouse Family, James Morrison, Nick Carter.


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  • chantywrastler

    No sign of 'Small Town Creed'. Disappointing.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • daveydee

    Their Debut album was a cracker....brings back such good memories

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • BigBuBBles

    An amazing and very underrated band. Great new compilation album out called The Miracle of The Kane Gang, some never previously released stuff on there.

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • nilling

    Gun Law still give me goosebumps

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    but I'll never forgive them for spawning the "Byker Grove" theme!

    10 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Jimbop_

    Closest thing to heaven, and Gunlaw =)

    25 Mar 2008 Reply

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