Saturday, March 6, 2010

80s Music Video Flashback

Swing Out Sister - "Breakout"

Swing Out Sister is a British "sophisti-pop" group best known worldwide for their 1986 song "Breakout". Though their album sales in the U.S. and Europe have leveled off since the 1980s, they continue to attract a loyal fanbase. The group is also very popular in Japan.

Although Swing Out Sister are currently a duo, they began as a trio in the UK. The group was formed by Andy Connell (keyboards) and Martin Jackson (drums), and were later joined by Corinne Drewery (vocals). The name came from a 1945 movie starring Arthur Treacher, called Swing Out, Sister, and they claim they chose the name because it was the only thing the band could agree on, in that they all hated it. Both Connell and Jackson had been playing in other bands prior to forming SOS, while Drewery was actually a fashion designer and model before she became the band's lead vocalist.

In late 1986, the single "Breakout" was released. It reached the number four position on the UK Singles Chart in November 1986 and number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States in November 1987.

Consequently, when they released their debut album, It's Better to Travel, on 11 May 1987, it reached number one on the UK Albums Chart.

On the Web:

Swing Out Sister's MySpace Page; SOS's Web Site

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