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About Briar

This pop rock quartet was formed in Birmingham, England, in 1983 by Kevin Griffiths (vocals, bass) and Daren Underwood (guitar). With Dave Fletcher (guitar) and Dean Cook (drums), they released a self-financed single that was given considerable airplay by BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Peter Powell. A Radio 1 live session was followed by a recording contract with Heavy Metal Records. Too Young emerged in 1985, an over-produced affair that was full of lightweight guitar, high-pitched harmonies and anodyne lyrics. The album flopped and the band was forced to return to the club circuit. Take On The World, a self-financed cassette, was released in 1986, and eventually resulted in a new contract with CBS Records. Half the album comprised a selection of cover versions, including Richie Valens’ ‘La Bamba’ and Sister Sledge’s ‘Frankie’.