Power Station









Power Station

Power Station

was a band who were popular in the 1980's. The group consists of Robert Palmer (singer), John Taylor (bass player), Andy Taylor (guitar player from the group Duran Duran), and Tony Thompson (drummer from the group known as Chic). Bernard Edwards (also from Chic) was their recording producer. He was also their manager for a little while. The band was formed in 1984, in New York City, during a break in Duran Duranís schedule. The band named their band after The Power Station recording studio where they recorded their album.

The band recorded 3 albums , the third one was called, Seven and the Ragged Tiger, before they split up into 2 different projects. One of the groups formed was called, Arcadia, and the other one was Power Station. John and Andy Taylor worked with Palmer, Thompson, and Edwards. The group were backup for the would be singer, Bebe Buell, who wanted to record a cover of, Bang A Gong Get It On, which was a cover of the T. Rex song. The group was signed with Capitol Records and started to record an album. They performed on the television show, Saturday Night Live, and sang, Some Like It Hot, and Bang A Gong. In 1985 they released the album called, Power Station, and is sometimes referred to as Power Station 33. From the album came three singles and they were all three hits. The first two, Some Like It Hot (reached number 14 on the charts in the U. K. And number 6 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart), and Bang A Gong Get It On (reached number 2 in the U. K. and number 9 in the U. S.). The number three single from the album was, Communication, was not as big a hit but it still reached the Top 40 in the U. S. And number 75 in the U. K. The album made it to number 12 in the U. K. And Number 6 in the U. S..

Power Station released a collection of the groupís 3 music videos which they called, The Power Station Video EP. Because of the bandís success, they decided to tour the United States and also Robert Palmer decided to record a solo album. This led to his leaving the band. His solo album was very successful and was called, Riptide. Power Station recruited Michael Des Barres as their lead singer and they continued to tour. They also performed at the Live Aid Charity Concert in Philadelphia in 1985. The band made a guest appearance on the TV show, Miami Vice, because Des Barres was friends with Don Johnson. The band split up in 1985and the members went on to other projects. They reunited 10 years later with their original members. The band has released 4 albums and 4 singles.