Uploaded on Feb 8, 2010
1985) The music video was shot in black and white around New Brighton, Wallasey (an English seaside location) and features New Brighton Lighthouse and Promenade. It was directed by Gerard De Thame, husband of Rachel De Thame, and won an award at the NY Film Festival in 1988.
Black is the musical vehicle for singer-songwriter Colin Vearncombe (born 26 May 1962, Liverpool, England).
Black's first release was "Human Features" on Rox Records in 1981. This was followed by another independent release in 1982 "More Than The Sun" (Wonderful World Of Records), after which Black was signed by WEA Records.
In 1982 they joined pop band The Thompson Twins on tour for the 'Quick Step and Side Kick' tour, which made their name with the live sound of synth/percussion/guitar and the use of reel to reel tapes during their live performances.
The first release for WEA was "Hey Presto" (1984), which got them noticed outside the UK: the video for this track featured on the satellite music channel Music Box, and the single was released in Australia. The second WEA single was a re-recording of "More Than The Sun". After this, Black was dropped from the record label. During this period, the band also included producer Dave Dix.
1985 was a gloomy year for Vearncombe, causing him to write the ironically entitled minor key song "Wonderful Life". Released independently at first, this track got Black noticed by A&M Records who signed Vearncombe and launched his international career. At first, the singles "Everything's Coming Up Roses" and "Sweetest Smile" were moderately successful in the UK alone, but the third single, a re-release of "Wonderful Life", was a massive hit worldwide. The album of the same name, released in 1987, had similar success, reaping commercial and critical acclaim.
Black then went on to sell over two million records worldwide with Comedy (1988) and Black (1991). In the meantime, Vearncombe's personal life took a turn for the better when he married Swedish singer Camilla Griehsel, formerly from the band One 2 Many. Disillusioned with having to deal with a big record company, Black's remaining member Vearncombe founded the independent label Nero Schwarz (which is the word Black in Italian and German, respectively), and released one album Are We Having Fun Yet? (1993).
After a prolonged hiatus, Vearncombe returned in 1999 to release a string of critically acclaimed recordings under his own name.
Vearncombe returned to the band format and name to release a new recording entitled Between Two Churches in November 2005. On this album he included a song mocking the success of his hit "Wonderful life", where he poignantly re-asked the question, "Are you having a wonderful life?"
2009 saw two album releases; The Given on 4 July, which was initially available as a free download under his real name and Water On Stone on 17 November, the first Black studio album in four years.
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