Katrina and the Waves









Katrina and the Waves

Katrina and the Waves

was a pop rock group who performed in the 1980's. They were best known for their song, Walking On Sunshine, in 1985, and Eurovision Song Contest Victory, in 1997. The band began as The Waves and they p[layed around the hot spots in Cambridge, England from 1975 to 1977. The members were Kimberley Rew (guitar player) and Alex Cooper (drummer). This did not pan out and Rew left to join the group called, Soft Boys. Cooper played with many bands before joining the band known as Mama’s Cookin’, in 1979. The band was on the verge of breaking up when Cooper got in touch with them and asked about the young singer with the good voice and long hair that was in their band. That girl turned out to be Katrina Leskanich. Cooper wanted to work with her so after two other members left to return to America to go to school, joined the group along with Vince de la Cruz (Katrina’s boyfriend at the time), Bob Jakins (bass player), and Cooper on the drums.

The Waves released their first single in 1982 with, Nightmare/ Hey War Pig!. Both tracks were included in the 1982 Rew solo album called The Bible of Bop. Bass player quit the group and Vince de la Cruz too his place and the group was renamed, Katrina and The Waves. In 1983 the band recorded an LP of their own material and Rew wrote all of the songs on the record and Katrina sang all but two of them which Rew sang. The only attention the album received was from a Canadian record company known as Attic Records. The album, Walking On Sunshine, . gained the band enough attention to warrant a tour in Canada. The group continued to record and in 1985 they finally landed an international contract with Capitol Records. For their first album with Capitol records, they re-mixed some of their previous songs and released their self titled debut album in 1985. With this album they gained critical and commercial success. Their song, Walking On Sunshine went to number 9 in the U. S. And number 8 in the U. K.. This success brought them many tours and a follow up single was Do You Want Crying, which became a Top 40 hit and reached number 37 in 1985.

The band was not seen much by the 1990's except for their brief come back when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom on May 3, 1997. The song which won them the contest was, Love Shine a Light. The song reached number 3 in the U. K. But was not released in the U. S. The band has released 14 albums and compilations and 14 singles during their musical career.