Whats the Real Story Behind the Fall of Breathe and David Glasper?

Mark-T

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So many theories and few answers. The band behind Hands to Heaven disappears in a couple of years. What’s the real story?
 

AM Matt

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Also in 1991, the song "Does She Love That Man" (from "Peace Of Mind") was their last big song. After that, zero!!
 

Michael Hagerty

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This one's pretty simple. A singles band that didn't move albums. At a time when the single was on life support. ALL THAT JAZZ had three top ten singles and still stalled at #34. Three years to a follow-up and PEACE OF MIND made #116. By that point Herb & Jerry had sold A&M to Polygram, but with those numbers, Jerry would have dumped them anyway.
 

LPJim

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Contrast this "2 and done" album experience with an earlier era, when A&M was still independent and H&J gave greater leeway for artists to develop. Supertramp's first two LPs were not great sellers, nor did they yield a single that did well. The 3rd release, 'CRIME OF THE CENTURY' got some FM airplay and minor singles. But A&M believed in them and allowed the band to persevere until they finally hit the big time.

JB
 

Michael Hagerty

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Contrast this "2 and done" album experience with an earlier era, when A&M was still independent and H&J gave greater leeway for artists to develop. Supertramp's first two LPs were not great sellers, nor did they yield a single that did well. The 3rd release, 'CRIME OF THE CENTURY' got some FM airplay and minor singles. But A&M believed in them and allowed the band to persevere until they finally hit the big time.

JB
Sure. But for every Supertramp, there are two acts that Jerry dumped after one or two albums.
 

rockdoctor

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This one's pretty simple. A singles band that didn't move albums. At a time when the single was on life support. ALL THAT JAZZ had three top ten singles and still stalled at #34. Three years to a follow-up and PEACE OF MIND made #116. By that point Herb & Jerry had sold A&M to Polygram, but with those numbers, Jerry would have dumped them anyway.
Did they ever have a tour in the USA? That could be the main reason the album stalled at 34. A foreign band needs to promote a tour with a band that has a name to get their music to a larger audience.
 

Michael Hagerty

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Did they ever have a tour in the USA? That could be the main reason the album stalled at 34. A foreign band needs to promote a tour with a band that has a name to get their music to a larger audience.
They never toured the U.S.

They did tour the UK twice, but they were arguably less successful there. While ALL THAT JAZZ peaked at #22 there as opposed to #34 here, “Hands To Heaven” was their only single to do better than #45 in the UK…peaking at #4.
 

rockdoctor

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They never toured the U.S.

They did tour the UK twice, but they were arguably less successful there. While ALL THAT JAZZ peaked at #22 there as opposed to #34 here, “Hands To Heaven” was their only single to do better than #45 in the UK…peaking at #4.
I never bought any of the singles but I bought the album beacuse of the singles. I never saw the followup but heard Say A Prayer on the radio but its airplay did not last anywhere near the length of time of airplay for the first three singles.
 

rockdoctor

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The album audience is very strange at times. Here we have a very good debut, the audience gets it to a good level for a debut on the charts but the group waited too long for a second release. Most of the audience abandoned the group as many may not have ever heard the singles that followed or distributors did not send it out to as many retailers. As far as I know, the song Does She Love That Man never got airplay here
 

Vinylalbumcovers

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Breathe was Spandau Ballet without the R&B. Glasper has a very nice voice for sure. I believe they were actually signed to Siren Records in the UK and A&M just handled releases here in the US. The aforementioned "Does She..." didn't do much in the U.S. anyway so there real success was limited to their debut album.

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