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The Passions were a British pop band, which formed in 1978, and disbanded in 1983. They were archetypal one-hit wonders with their misty, trance-like pop song, "I'm in Love with a German Film Star". Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and mostly distributed commercially. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a one-hit wonder is an artist who is generally known for only one hit single. ...



Based in Shepherds Bush, West London, The Passions music was grounded mainly in Barbara Gogan's voice, and Clive Timperley's delicate echoplex guitar work. Before forming in 1978, most of the members had spent time in other groups. Most notably, Temperley was an ex-101'ers, whilst drummer, Richard Williams was in the minor punk rock outfit, The Derelicts. The Passions' first single, issued in March 1979, was "Needles and Pins", which helped them gain a recording contract with Fiction Records, home of The Cure. The Passions were predominantly a guitar band but they fitted in with the spirit of the times, being part New Romantics, and part "European grey". Shepherds Bush is a district in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham situated 4. ... Greater London and the Regions of England. ... Human voice consists of sound made by a person using the vocal folds for talking, singing, laughing, screaming or crying. ... The acoustic archtop guitar, used in Jazz music, features steel strings. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... The Cure is a British band widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... New Romantic was a New Wave music subgenre and fashion movement that occurred primarily in the United Kingdom during the early 1980s. ...

A year passed between the release of the "Needles and Pins" single, and Michael and Miranda, the band's first album. Singles "Hunted", and "Swimmer" followed, and then their only charting song, "I'm in Love with a German Film Star". Before its release, Bidwell and Barker left the band, the former to join The Wall. David Agar took over bass guitar duties. The band's second album, 30,000 Feet over China, was released in August 1981. It included previously released A-sides and several brand new recordings. An album is a collection of related audio tracks, released together commercially in an audio format to the public. ...

Clive Timperley left the band in Verona in December 1981, during the Italian leg of their prophetically named "Tour till We Crack" tour, as a result of "serious political differences". The follow-up single release "Africa Mine" was recorded with a new line-up. Barbara Gogan explained the situation thus: "It's the same old story. Some bands play together for ten years and it's all very wonderful and imaginative. More often, though, you reach a point where you've done all you can do and you want to change. Whenever we've reached that point someone has always left and brought us a step further on. Any band playing their own songs to the public has a duty to change and keep being imaginative all the time. When we did 'German Film Star' we were the most united band ever, but afterwards we were never the same". [1] Map of Italy showing Verona in the north Verona (population est. ...

Kevin Armstrong (a contributor to a Thomas Dolby album), who had previously been with Local Heroes joined, and the group added a keyboard player, Jeff Smith, perhaps best known for his past work with Lene Lovich. Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby (born Thomas Morgan Robertson October 14, 1958) is a British musician. ... CD reissue of Lene Lovichs first album, Stateless. ...

Their third album, Sanctuary, appeared in the autumn of 1982, but shortly after that the band dissolved for good.

Post passion

  1. Gogan resurfaced in 1998, when she released Made on Earth, an album recorded with the experimentalist, Hector Zazou.
  2. The Foo Fighters recorded a cover version of "I'm in Love with a German Film Star", in 2005.

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Band members

  • Barbara Gogan — guitar, vocals
  • Clive Timperley — guitar (up to 1981)
  • Kevin Armstrong — guitar (from 1981)
  • Claire Bidwell — Bass guitar (up to 1980)
  • David Agar — bass guitar (from 1980)
  • Richard Williams — drums
  • Mitch Barker — vocals (up to 1980)
  • Jeff Smith — keyboards (from 1981)

The acoustic archtop guitar, used in Jazz music, features steel strings. ... LeAnn Rimes singing in concert A singer is a type of musician who uses his or her voice to produce music. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case The electric bass guitar (also called an electric bass, or simply a bass) an electrically-amplified string instrument similar in appearance to an electric guitar, but with a larger body, a longer-scale neck and four strings tuned an octave lower in pitch... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set - the latter an old-fashioned term) is a collection of drums, cymbals and other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a sole percussionist (drummer), usually for jazz, rock, or other types of contemporary music. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ...



  • 1979: "Needles and Pins" (Soho Records)
  • 1979: "Hunted" (Fiction)
  • 1980: "Swimmer" (Polydor) — reissued 1982
  • 1981: "I'm in Love with a German Film Star" (Polydor) — number 25 UK singles chart
  • 1981: "Skin Deep" (Polydor)
  • 1982: "Jump for Joy" (Polydor)
  • 1982: "Africa Mine" (Polydor)

Fiction Records is a record label that was started in 1978 by Chris Parry. ... Polydor Records is a record label once headquartered in Germany. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ...


  • 1980: Michael and Miranda (Fiction)
  • 1981: 30,000 Feet over China (Polydor) — number 92 UK albums chart
  • 1982: Sanctuary (Polydor)
  • 1985: Passion Plays (Polydor) — compilation album

The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ...


  • British Hit Singles, 14th edition. ISBN 0-85156-156-X
  • The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, 7th edition. ISBN 0-85112-619-7

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passions of sin, which were by the law, did work in our members, to bring forth fruit unto death" (Romans 7:5).
passions metaphorically, because of their likeness to the acts of the sensitive appetite.
passions and the emotions of the sensitive appetite may be directed and devoted to the service of God, and to the acquisition, increase, and perfection of virtue.
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