A brace of sparkling pop hits in late 1986, early 1987 marked a fine opening for UK Jazz Pop trio Swing Out Sister. ‘Breakout’ reached number 4 in the UK Charts and ‘Surrender’ reached number 7. Their first album, ‘It’s Better To Travel’, topped the UK album charts. ‘Breakout’ also provided the band with a US Top 10 single in Autumn 1987.
The band started life as a 3 Piece, formed by Corinne Drewery (vocals), Andrew Connell (keyboards) and Martin Jackson (drums). Andrew Connell had played for many years in the respected Manchester funk/new-wave band ‘A Certain Ratio’ while Martin Jackson had drummed with various Manchester bands including Magazine and The Chameleons. A management link-up saw the pair join forces with fashion designer Corinne Drewery whose father had been a member of the Nottingham-based Junco Partners. Martin Jackson left the band soon after It’s Better To Travel and did not play on the follow-up, Kaleidoscope World, although he helped program drum machines on several tracks. Andrew Connell, a grade eight pianist and fan of Burt Bacharach and Herb Alpert, injected an orchestrated, spacious element into songs like ‘Forever Blue’ and ‘Masquerade’, assisted by producer Paul O’Duffy. The album was warmly received by critics and reached number 3 on the UK album chart.
The duo eschewed a heavy workload and seemed to be happy releasing records intermittently on their own idiosyncratic terms, enjoying particular acclaim in Japan. In 1994, they put together a full band, featuring Derick Johnson (bass), Myke Wilson (drums), Tim Cansfield (guitar), John Thrikell (trumpet) and Gary Plumey (saxophone) for the release of The Living Return. After that album’s acid jazz departures, Shapes And Patterns marked a return to the cheery pop sound of their early releases. The duo’s subsequent releases were largely in the Japanese market, although 2004’s Where Our Love Grows helped revive interest in the band in Europe.
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Megan Chungh – Park Hotel, Newcastle
Just a quick one to say how amazing everything went at our function thanks to Big Foot Events! From the very beginning they were extremely helpful and made sure everything was looked after without giving me too much hassle either! The Photo Booth, Candy Floss Cart and Popcorn Cart were all fantastic and a great hit with all of our family and friends and the staff running them were absolutely amazing! They were all set up and ready to go well before the event started and made sure they were always helpful! So a massive thank you to you all!
Amy Casey – Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
I just wanted to say a big thank you for being a part of our snapdragon festival this year. Once again Rex was a massive hit and the children and adults loved him. The two members of staff that came to the event were very professional and catered to any requests we had.
George – Golden Sands Holiday Park
We absolutely love having Noughty 90’s here, such lovely people and amazing sets! They had everyone up and dancing on the dance floor.
Mr & Mrs Pravitt – Private Wedding, Stoke On Trent
It was absolutely incredible, I cannot thank you guys enough for how amazing it all was. The Ranger and Rex were outstanding, every single guest loved them to pieces and we certainly had the wow factor for our wedding. Just the idea of having a dinosaur is one thing, but the way Rex, Trixxie and the Ranger worked tirelessly to entertain the entire wedding party just added to the overall effect. We've had non-stop comments from those who attended saying it was pure magic, videos of the experience have gone viral and we even had guests from the hotel desperate to catch a glimpse of Rex. I cannot overstate how incredible you all have been, from the day a weirdo messaged Lauren asking for a dinosaur at their wedding, to speaking with Jade to coordinate everything and then finally meeting Rex and the Ranger on the big day. Everything worked out a million times better than I ever thought possible, and my dad was very pleased to see Rex was appropriately dressed with his bow tie. Amazing, amazing, amazing, thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.
Andrew Edmeads – Frimley Lodge, Surrey
Both acts went down a storm at the weekend. Really pleased with everything! Madonna did all the hits and even included some iconic costume changes! She had the audience up Voguing at the front! ABBA Fever had the crowd on their feet from the start and would be a worthy headliner in the future.
Barry Herridge – Ely Beet Sports & Social Club
The evening on Saturday was wonderful, Planet Abba we're superb and also so welcoming to the audience. As you know this is the 3rd year in a row I have used your agency and as always you have given me a wonderful evening, thank you.