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Heart And Soul by T'Pau
Album: Bridge of SpiesReleased: 1987Charted:
The band was named after a Vulcan high priestess on Star Trek. This was their only hit.
This shot up the charts after it was used in a commercial for Pepe jeans.
The album sold over 4 million copies in the UK. The follow-up wasn't even released in the US.
Lead singer Carol Decker was offered, but declined the role of Don Johnson's wife on Miami Vice.
When in the US, Decker says she is often mistaken for Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. It must be the red hair and British accent.
The album was retitled T'Pau for its American release later in 1987.
This song, written by Decker and bandmate Ron Rogers, was borne out of a happy accident when Rogers bought a new keyboard with a built in sequencer but didn't know how to use it. Decker explained in a Kickin' It Old School
interview: "So he was just trying to get used to the gizmos in it and while messing around with the sequencer he started the 'bum bum buh buh bum bum bum' of the bass riff. T'PauI started to sing a melody over it, the wafty vocal and came up with 'more than an ocean keeps us apart.' The lyrics were about when I went on holiday with my parents and Ronnie couldn't come. I missed him so much, but then I morphed the story into a fictitious one of not being loved back (which I was). The rap was the idea of Andy Piercy, our then producer. He said the gaps needed filling, so I started these syncopated sort of nonsense noises. I then turned those noises into words which took about a week to get right."
Decker told Kickin' It Old School she loves this song because, "It's unique still and has a killer chorus plus a universal message. We all want to be loved, don't we?"
Despite the single's success in the US, the country was not a great touring locale for the band. Decker lamented in a 1987 interview: "Most of the gigs we played in America were awful. Real toilets. We were there three months and even at the end, the biggest audience we were getting were less than a thousand."