Thursday, June 17, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Lighthouse Family
For a short time in the mid-90s, Lighthouse Family was one of the most popular groups in England. Their music never hit the mainstream in North America though they did get some club and Adult Contemporary airplay. Like a lot of R & B acts, they became Northern Soul favourites. They are worth checking out. Lead singer Tunde Baiyewu (born Nov. 25, 1968 in London) and keyboard player Paul Tucker (born Ayg. 12, 1968 in London) met while studying at Newcastle in 1988. They recorded some demos and one of them got the attention of Polydor Records A & R head Colin Barlow and he signed them to a developmental deal in 1993. He signed them to a full contract after some more demos and they recorded their debut CD Ocean Drive with producer Mike Peden. He started out as bass player for the dance pop group The Chimes and has been a producer since 1993. The single Lifted didn't do well when first released in 1995 but hit the British top ten when it was re-released in 1996. The album reached #3 and went Platinum. High is from their 1997 CD Postcards From Heaven. That album reached #2 on the British charts and also went Platinum. High reached #4 in 1998 but also did very well in many other countries including topping the Austrailan charts. It also got Adult Contemporary airplay in the US. So High was probably their most successful song internationally. Their third CD Whatever Gets You Through The Day didn't do as well and the duo split up in 2003. This 2002 comp was re-released in 2006 with two bonus tracks and that's the version you want to get. It's recommended to Neo Soul fans. Tunde Baiyewu released a solo CD in 2004 and he toured England in 2007. Paul Tucker formed The Orange Lights with Jason Hart of Spiritualized and they released a CD in 2007. Here's the video for High by Lighthouse Family.