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The Colourfield

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By the summer of 1983, Fun Boy Three were peaking in popularity and Terry Hall disbanded the group. Hooking up with ex-Swinging Cats members Toby Lyons and Karl Shale, Hall moved to Manchester and formed the Colour Field, a more lush and melodic outfit than Fun Boy Three. In January of 1984, the band released its first single, "The Colour Field," which just missed the Top 40. It was followed later that summer with "Take," which didn't even come close to the Top 40. The Colour Field had their first hit in January of 1985, when "Thinking of You" reached number 12. It was followed by "Castles in the Air," another failed single that preceded the release of their debut album, Virgins and Philistines, by just a few weeks. Like the band's singles, Virgins and Philistines failed to gain a large audience for the Colour Field. The band released a second album, Deception, in the spring of 1987. During the sessions, Lyons left the band, leaving Hall to finish the album by himself; to complete the album, Hall hired Raquel Welch's band. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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1983 in Manchester, England

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