Kissing the Pink

Kissing the Pink was an English synthpop band that released three albums between 1983 and 1986 on Magnet Records. Their first, Naked, spawned five singles, including the UK hit “Last Film.”

Members: Nicholas Whitecross (lead vocals, guitar), Jon Kingsley Hall (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals), Stephen Cusack (drums, percussion, vocals, 1980-88), George Stewart (keyboards, vocals, 1980-85, 1988-present), Peter Barnett (bass, violin, vocals, 1980-85), Josephine Wells (saxophone, vocals, 1980-85), Sylvia Griffin (lead vocals, 1980-83), Simon Aldridge (guitar, bass, vocals, 1984-88)


Formation

Kissing the Pink formed in 1980 when singer–guitarist Nicholas Whitecross and keyboardist Jon Kingsley Hall teamed with fellow South Kensington peers at the Royal College of Music. Factory Records soundman Martin Hannett (Joy Division, Durutti Column) produced the sextet’s first single at Strawberry Studios, a Stockport (Greater Manchester) facility once owned by 10cc. KtP established Martyrwell for this first venture.


“Don’t Hide In the Shadows”

On September 4, 1981, Kissing the Pink released “Don’t Hide in the Shadows” backed with “Hand Held Cameras,” both group-written songs.

A. “Don’t Hide In the Shadows” ()
B. “Hand Held Cameras” ()

Kissing the Pink signed with Magnet Records, a label established in the seventies with with an array of pop singer (Alvin Stardust), retro acts (Darts, Matchbox), and singer–songwriters (Chris Rea).


1982 Singles

11 Jun 1982
A: “Mr Blunt”
B: “Water In My Eye”

8 Oct 1982
A: “Watching Their Eyes”
B: “In Awe of Industry”

Jan 1983
A: “Last Film”
B: “Shine”

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C: “Water In My Eye” (Instrumental)
D: “Garden Parties”


Naked

Kissing the Pink released their debut album, Naked, on May 27, 1983, on Magnet.

1. “The Last Film” (3:29)
2. “Frightened in France” (3:15)
3. “Watching Their Eyes” (3:56)
4. “Love Lasts Forever” (5:38)
5. “All for You” (4:04)
6. “The Last Film (Hymn Version)” (3:17)

7. “Big Man Restless” (3:48)
8. “Desert Song” (3:59)
9. “Broken Body” (3:24)
10. “Maybe This Day” (3:38)
11. “In Awe of Industry” (3:18)
12. “Mr. Blunt” (3:00)

Studio AIR Studios (London)

Nicholas Whitecross – guitar; vocals
Jon Kingsley Hall – keyboards; synthesizer; vocals
George Stewart – keyboards; vocals
Josephine Wells – saxophone; vocals
Stevie Cusack – drums; percussion; vocals
Peter Barnett – bass; violin; vocals
Sylvia Griffin – vocals (uncredited)

Production and artwork
Colin Thurston – producer
Peter Walsh – producer
Neil Richmond – producer
David King – producer
Kissing the Pink – producer
Tim Barnett – front cover painting
Shoot That Tiger! – art direction; design

Jun 1983
A: “Love Lasts Forever”
B: “Underage” (Instrumental Version)

Aug 1983
A: “Maybe This Day”
B: “Middleton Row”


What Noise

Kissing the Pink released their second album, What Noise, in October 1984 on Magnet.

1. “Other Side of Heaven” (4:10)
2. “Captain Zero” (3:44)
3. “Victory Parade” (2:54)
4. “Greenham” (3:30)
5. “Each Day in Nine” (3:08)
6. “The Rain It Never Stops” (3:36)

7. “Radio On” (3:40)
8. “Martin” (2:52)
9. “Watching the Tears” (3:44)
10. “Footsteps” (3:52)
11. “Love & Money” (3:41)
12. “What Noise” (3:52)

Nicholas Whitecross – guitar; keyboards; vocals
Jon Kingsley Hall – keyboards; synthesizer; vocals
George Stewart – keyboards; vocals
Simon Aldridge – guitar; bass; vocals
Josephine Wells – saxophone; vocals
Stevie Cusack – drums; percussion; vocals
Peter Barnett – violin; vocals

Sep 1984
A: “Radio On”
B: “How Can I Live”

Mar 1985
A: “The Other Side of Heaven”
B: “Celestial”


Certain Things Are Likely

Kissing the Pink released their second album, Certain Things Are Likely, in 1986 on Magnet.

1. “One Step” Peter Walsh 4:29
2. “Never Too Late to Love You” Peter Walsh 3:49
3. “Certain Things Are Likely” Kissing the PinkPeter Walsh 4:13
4. “Dream Dream” Kissing the PinkPeter Walsh 3:48
5. “No-One’s on the Same Side” Kissing the PinkPhil Harding 3:45

6. “Can You Hear Me” Peter Walsh 4:29
7. “Jones” Kissing the PinkPeter Walsh 3:49
8. “Identity Card” Peter Walsh 3:26
9. “One Day” Kissing the PinkPeter Walsh 4:11
10. “I Won’t Wait” Kissing the PinkPhil Harding 4:54)

Nicholas Whitecross – lead vocals; guitar
Jon Kingsley Hall – keyboards; vocals
Simon Aldridge – guitar; vocals
Stephen Cusack – drums; vocals

Additional musicians
Matt Aitken – additional guitar (5)
Alistair Fraser – bagpipes (6)
Philip Bagenal – additional keyboards (10)
Derek Forbes – additional bass on (4, 7)
Andy Pasque – additional bass on (4)
Alan Taylor – additional bass on (9)
Chaz Jankel – additional bass on (10)
Judy Cheeks – backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8)
Victoria Miles – backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8)
Scarlett Von Wollenman – backing vocals (2, 3, 10)
The Lewis Sisters – backing vocals (2)

Feb 1986
A: “One Step”
B: “Footsteps”

Sep 1986
A: “Never Too Late to Love You”
B: “Michael”

Mar 1987
A: “Certain Things Are Likely” (Remix Edit)
B: “Certain Things Are Likely” (Garage Edit)


Discography:
  • “Don’t Hide in the Shadows” / “Hand Held Cameras” (1981)
  • Naked (1983)
  • What Noise (1984)
  • Certain Things Are Likely (1986)

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