" Whisper / Scream " was the 1st single released off Code Blue's self titled album from 1980.....
Code Blue was the brainchild of The Motels founder & guitarist , Dean Chamberlain ... Dean Chamberlain had been a founding
member of the original Motels with Martha Davis.
Moving to L.A. and leaving that band after a few
years ( all the focus was on Martha Davis ) , he felt he had finally progressed to the point of forming his own personal version of the great,
American rock 'n' roll band......
Dean Chamberlain found Drummer...Randall Marsh ( who played with Tom Petty in Florida in "Mudcrutch " ) & Bass Guitarist Michael Ostendorf & decided to call themselves...." Skin ".....
An A&R executive from Warner Bros. happened to see Skin at a local club
and was surprised to see her own A&R assistant, Dean Chamberlain,
fronting this great band. A deal was offered the next day; the contract was
signed soon afterwards. Although Columbia Records had also made a
serious bid for the band, Dean knew that Warner Bros. cultivated a nurturing,
family-type ethos. Skin were in good hands.
The label strongly suggested Skin find professional artist management.
Dean had taken care of business up to now and didn't see the need, but
he capitulated. Also, the name Skin seemed a bit harsh and extreme—
maybe they could come up with something a bit more radio-friendly.
Nigel Grey, fresh from producing the first two Police albums, saw the band
play at Blackies and was duly impressed. He signed on as producer and
suggested they record the album in London. A sudden disagreement in
creative and business direction caused Michael Ostendorf to part ways
with the band as they were preparing to record.
Gary Tibbs filled the vacated Bass Guitar spot just as the group had hit upon its new
name, Code Blue. At the time, Gary was the hottest young bassist around,
having come off of a stint with The Vibrators and playing on Roxy Music's
successful Manifesto album and world tour & also on Hazel O'Conner's " Breaking Glass "..... Code Blue was off to London
to record at the legendary Olympic Studios....
After Code Blue recorded their debut album & was preparing a tour , Bass Guitarist...Gary Tibbs left Code Blue to join Adam & The Ants as their Bass guitarist...
Joe Read, fresh from
Bram Tchaikovsky, filled in on bass and rehearsed for their national tour, on
which they inexplicably opened for classic-rock legends Thin Lizzy......The
six-week tour began on a positive note, with a good reception in
Columbus, Ohio. Most shows, however, were not well-received and left the
band—who drove around the country in a rented sedan—spiritually drained.
The events surrounding the recording and the less-than-hoped-for reaction
to the record and tour caused Dean to reevaluate Code Blue's direction
and basic premise. They would continue searching for the next year or
so, until they finally broke up. Their second album, True Stories, was a collection
of demos released posthumously.
Code Blue is an overlooked gem that ranks among the best rock albums
of the '80s, captured a sincere and unique slice of raw emotion. One
wouldn't necessarily link it, stylistically, to the decade, although
"Whisper/Touch" does play on Andie's car stereo in a scene from Pretty In
Pink, forever sealing it in the '80s time capsule.
In the rush of the moment, opportunities are created and seized. There may
be a brief window for you to take your shot before it closes. If an artist can
maintain his values throughout the process without settling for compromise
and adulteration, the ultimate reward just might be hanging onto his soul.