Song of the Day, December 15: New Song by Howard Jones

howard-jones-new-song-weaToday’s song is New Song, the first hit by 80s keyboard star Howard Jones. The oldest of four brothers, Jones grew up in a musical family, with the boys performing together as Red Beat in their teens. He continued a musical career as he pursued his education, including a stint with the progressive rock group Warrior. Deciding to base his music on his synth work, he went solo, gigging regularly and talking his way into a BBC Radio 1 session that led to slots opening for Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark. He landed a contract with WEA and released his debut EP in 1983.

The lead track was New Song, a simple synth and vocal song with a message of determination and optimism. Those threads would form the foundation of his career, featuring a dozen chart singles and three successful albums over the next decade. New Song wasn’t his biggest or most complex hit, but it’s simple charm showed off his talent and enthusiasm flawlessly.

Enjoy this lovely slice of 80s synth-pop today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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