Boys Don't Cry









Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry

was a British band who performed in the 1980's. The band members consisted of Brian Chatton (keyboard player), Nick Richards (keyboard and primary lead vocalist), Jeff Seopardi (drum player), Nico Ramsden (guitar player), and Mark Smith (bass player). The band had only one hit in the United States and it peaked at number 12 onthe Hot 100 Billboard chart in 1985 and 1986. The name of the hit was I Wanna’ Be A Cowboy. Brian Chatton also had a short career with the 1970's band, Jackson Heights. He played the keyboard for the band.He was aboard when they recorded their Ragamuffin’s Fool LP.

Boys Don’t Cry got their name for their band from some whispered lyrics from the British band !0cc’s hit song, I’m Not in Love. The band was discovered by the talent scout, Paul Oakenfold, who worked for Profile records in London in the mid 1980's. Their record was licensed by Profile Records in 1985 and was also the same record label for the group, Run DMC. The group’s song, I Wanna Be A Cowboy was described as the perfect example of a spaghetti western movie. The song was Madonna’s favorite song in 1986. The song also hit number 8 on the Rock and Roll chart and was in the Top 10 in both Australia and Africa.

Brian Chatton has collaborated with Phil Collins, Flaming Youth, Jon Anderson (from the group called Yes), The Hollies, Meat Loaf, Tony Kay (also from the group, Yes), Sheena Easton, N’Sync, and others. Seopardi has performed with Paul Carrack and Modern English. Ramsden played with The Proclaimers, Mike Oldfield, and Rick Wakeman. While the others were busy with their careers, Nick Richards had a solo career and was signed with the RCA Records label. Mark Smith had previously played with the band called, The Waterboys.

The Boys Don’t Cry band released two albums. One was a self titled album, Boys Don’t Cry, was released in 1986 and it included the song, I Wanna’ Be A Cowboy, and the other one was, Who the Am Dam Do We Think We Am. The second album was released the following year after the first one and it was released in America. This caused some confusion because the group had 2 consecutive self titled albums released within a year apart from each other.

In July, 1997, Nick Richards and Brian Chatton sued Paula Cole as well as Warner Brothers Records, and Imago Records for the sum of 7 million dollars in the U. S. District Court for the Cnetral District of California. They claimed that Cole’s re-mix song, Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?, had used their phrase, I Wanna Be A Cowboy, many times (24 to be exact), and it was used in the same style and syntax as the song they had written. To them this had constituted copyright infringement rights.