Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kane Gang

The Kane Gang (named after the classic movie "Citizen Kane") were a pop\blue-eyed-soul trio from North East England that managed to score moderate hits in both the UK and US. The trio consisted of singers Martin Brammer (born on May 13, 1957 in Seaham, Country Derham in North East England) and Paul Woods along with multi-instrumentalist Dave Brewis.

They formed in 1982 after meeting in a few small local bands and they were signed to a small record label which led them to score a deal with London Records in 1984.
During that same year, the Kane Gang released their first single "Smalltown Creed" which peaked at #60 on the UK Singles chart.
Their second single from the album "Closest Thing to Heaven" became a hit, peaking at #12 on the UK Singles chart.
The Kane Gang's third single "Respect Yourself" peaked at #21 on the UK Singles chart and managed to chart at #19 in Australia.
In 1985, the Kane Gang released their debut album "Bad and Lowdown World of the Kane Gang" (or "Lowdown" the title released in the U.S.) which managed to peak at #21 on the UK Albums chart.
Their fourth single "Gun Law" peaked at #53 on the UK Singles chart, but it's unknown if it was released or charted in the US.
In 1987, the Kane Gang released their sophomore album "Miracle" which peaked at #115 on the Billboard 200 and #41 on the UK Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Motortown" peaked at #45 on the UK Singles chart. In the U.S., the song peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
The second single from the album, a cover version of Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett's song "Don't Look Any Further" topped the dance charts in the US and also managed to peak at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #28 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Another single "What Time is It" was released, but it's unknown if it charted at all. Paul Woods left Kane Gang in 1991 to pursue a solo career. He and Dave Brewis worked on an album which was never released.

These days, Martin Brammer continues to write music for artists such as Sheena Easton, Nick Carter, Tina Turner and Beverely Knight.

To see the music video for "Don't Look Any Further," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlbuZtvspd4

To see the music video for "Closest Thing to Heaven," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY6bKOqicLc

To see the music video for "Motortown," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxnzw26vdQg

To see the music video for "Respect Yourself," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGffrSPt5k0

To see the music video for "Gun Law," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GFkoCME35M

To see the music video for "Small Town Creed," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7jBmZC1KO0



[Updated on 04\15\2016]

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