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Sad Cafe
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formed in Manchester in 1976
Biggest Hits...
Every Day Hurts listen to soundbites - UK no.3 (Sep 1979)
My Oh My listen to soundbites - UK no.14 (Mar 1980)
Strange Little Girl listen to soundbites - UK no.32 (Jan 1980)
Band members...
Paul Young
- vocals -
1976-85 & 1986, 1989
Ian Wilson
- guitar -
1976-85 & 1986,, 1989
Ashley Mulford
- guitar -
John Stimpson
- bass -
Vic Emerson
- keyboards -
Tony Creswell
- drums -
- saxophone -
David Irving
- drums -
David Tong
- bass -
Michael Bryon-Hehir
- guitar -
1982-1984, 1986, 1989 - 1990
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Sad Café were formed in 1976 when two Manchester bands merged (Gyro and Mandella). The original line-up included Wythenshawe vocalist Paul Young, guitarists Ian Wilson and Ashley Mulford, bassist John Stimpson, Vic Emerson (keyboards) drummer Tony Creswell and Lenni (saxophone).

Their debut album, the brilliantly pure Manc-titled "Fanx Ta Ra", didn't score much success but did represent the bands brilliant hard rock and adult pop style.

It was the second album though, "Misplaced Ideals" that achieved international success thanks to the US hit single "Run Home Girl'. The album appeared new drummer David Irving in replace of Tony Creswell.

UK success followed in 1979 with the UK Number 3 single "Every Day Hurts" taken off their third album, "Facades". The album was produced by 10cc's Eric Steward and recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport. It also spawned the UK Top 40 singles "Strange Little Girl" and "My Oh My".

The 1980 self-titled album "Sad Café" failed to capitalise on the success and John Stimpson became the band's manager as a result, replacing himself as bass player with Dave Tong for the 1981 'Ole' album. The "Sad Café - Live" album followed later that year to as little chart-success, and the band slowly faded away completely.

Paul Young joined Mike & The Mechanics in 1985 for their self-titled debut album which reached No.26 in the US and spawned the hit singles, "Silent Running", "All I Need Is A Miracle" and "Taken In". He returned to Manchester in 1986 to reform Sad Café with Ian Wilson and new bassist Michael Byron-Hehir.

The album "Politics Of Existing" guest starred Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack and would have been equally at home under the 'Mike & The Mechanics'-banner as Paul again scored success two years later with his other much bigger band. "The Living Years" album was a huge success (UK No.2) and produced the brilliant title-track (a UK No.2/Us No.1 single).

In 1989 the trick was repeated when Paul and his guest-star mates re-joined Ian to record the superb "Whatever It Takes" album under the name of 'Sad Café' and followed it up with Mike & The Mechanics' hit "Word Of Mouth" album.

Various compilation albums, including "The Masters" and "The Best Of" finally closed the Sad Café story in 1997. Paul Young, an ardent Manchester City fan, went on to enjoy massive success with his other projects.

Mike & The Mechanics scored hit after hit including "Beggar On A Beach Of Gold", "Hits" and "M6" albums.

Paul's final work was to perform live for the superb SAS Band (the group formed by the brilliant Spike Edney, the 'fifth' member of the largest ever super-group - Queen).

Paul Young died suddenly of a Heart Attack in Manchester, July 2000. He was only 53. He will be sadly missed by many on the Manchester music scene. A tribute concert was arranged for him on December 15th 2000, at the Manchester Apollo.

The Forever Young concert included a performance by original members of Paul's first successful group, the Toggery Five, who were joined by Dave Berry. There was a performance from Queen's Roger Taylor, and The SAS Band, which on the night included Spike Edney, Roy Wood, Fish, and Stevie Vann. Mike & The Mechanic's performed an emotional set but the highlight of the night was the performance by the remaining members of Sad Cafe. A wonderful tribute to one of Manchester's greatest rockers.

Paul Young - R.I.P - Everyday Hurts without you


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