I know British band Matt Bianco* as the group that Basia was in before going solo. I've got their 1984 debut album Whose Side Are You On? on vinyl from a cutout bin and it's like most Basia '80s stuff: if you're in the mood, it's spot-on and if you're not, it's annoying as hell. Offhand, I'd say they were a jazzier Miami Sound Machine, but with better writing and vocals from both male and female voices. Word has it they're still around in some form.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: I was in the right mood today, so I'm digging everything, except the tune Nervous which tries too hard to be a Janet Jackson cut. It's mindless background music, but it's upbeat and easy to listen to, so I'm good with that.
|Don't Blame It On That Girl||Indigo||1988|
|Half A Minute||Whose Side Are You On?||1984|
|More Than I Can Bear||Whose Side Are You On?||1984|
|Sneaking Out The Back Door||Whose Side Are You On?||1984|
|Fire In The Blood 7"||-||1990|
|Matt's Mood||Whose Side Are You On?||1984|
|Get Out Your Lazy Bed||Whose Side Are You On?||1984|
|Wap Bam Boogie||Indigo||1988|
|Dancing In The Street||Matt Bianco||1986|
|Whose Side Are You On?||Whose Side Are You On?||1984|
|Say It's Not Too Late||Indigo||1988|
|We've Got The Mood - Matt's Mood '90||-||1990|
|Fire In The Blood 12"||-||1990|
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None, just picked this beauty up out of the clearance bin for $3.
*the group name suggests that Matt Bianco is a person, often assumed to be an alias for the main constant member and frontman, Mark Reilly (I'm guessing that's him on the CD booklet cover), but Matt Bianco is in fact "a made up spy, a secret agent; we loved spy TV themes and film scores."