Friday, June 8, 2012

When in Rome

When in Rome are an English New Wave\pop\dance music trio from Manchester, England. The original line-up consisted of singers Clive Farrington & Andrew Mann along with keyboardist Michael Floreale.

Michael and original member Andy O'Connell were recruited by Clive to replace the departed members of his Manchester-based music group, Beau Leisure.

Andrew and Clive began to write songs together & later they both saw Andrew and had him join their performances. Later on, Andy left the group and the remaining members of the group recorded some demos (sometimes with Andrew's friend, Corrine Drewery, who is a member of Swing Out Sister) while looking for a record deal.

When in Rome were signed by Virgin UK Records subsidiary, 10 Records. Music producers Ben Rogan (who worked with Sade) and Richard James Burgess took interest in their song, "The Promise" which was first issued as a 12 inch dance disk.

When the song became popular, topping Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, their record label ordered an album.

In 1988, When in Rome released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #84 on the Billboard 200 chart, but didn't chart in the UK.
A remixed version of "The Promise" was the first single released from the album. The song became a pop hit, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, #45 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, and #19 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

In the UK, the song peaked at #58 on the UK Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks in 1989.
When in Rome's follow-up single, "Heaven Knows" peaked at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100, #14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

After that, the trio disbanded in 1990 due to musical differences.

Michael Floreale moved to the United States and lives in Dallas, Texas where he composes music for television & film. In 2006, Michael reformed When in Rome with singer\songwriter John Ceravolo.

Today, When in Rome (now the Wir) has toured the US and South America with other various 80's group. They have completed work on a new album which is planned to be released this year with a tour to follow.

Clive Farrington & Andrew Mann reformed in 2009 under the name "When in Rome UK," but Michael has trademarked the name "When in Rome" which was unsuccessfully challenged by Clive & Andrew.

Clive & Andrew are billed as "Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann formerly of When in Rome" for their US gigs in order to comply with the legal trademark claim.

To see When in Rome (The Wir)'s official website, go to:
http://wheninromemusic.net/

To see When in Rome (The Wir)'s Facebook page, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/wheninromemusic

To see the music video for "The Promise," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HI_xFQWiYU

To see the music video for "Heaven Knows," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP8aN4Qk3Sw

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