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The Vels were a popular new wave/synthpop band comprising Alice DeSoto, Charles Hanson, and Chris Larkin formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were a prominent fixture on the Philadelphia music scene in the early 1980s. Their notoriety grew to the point that they caught the attention of Mercury Records and were signed.

In 1985 and 1986, The Vels toured the world as the opening act for The Psychedelic Furs.

They released two albums under the Mercury label, but disbanded in 1987. Chris Larkin died from complications due to pneumonia on November 21, 2007.

Alice DeSoto - vocals, keyboard, percussion
Charles Hanson - backing vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion
Chris Larkin - backing vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion

Among their releases were:
Private World (Mercury; 12" vinyl; 1984) (discogs link)
Velocity (Mercury; 12" vinyl; 1984) (discogs link)
The Girl Most Likely To (Mercury; 12" vinyl) (discogs link)
Tell Me Something / Look My Way (Mercury; 12" vinyl; 1984) (discogs link)

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