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King were a Britishmarker New Wave pop band of the mid-eighties from Coventrymarker. Their name comes from the surname of lead singer Paul King.


The band were formed from the remnants of Coventrymarker rock-ska band The Reluctant Stereotypes plus producer Paul Sampson. Riding on the back of the Two Tone wave, they had two UK Top 10 albums on CBS. both produced and mixed by Richard James Burgess, and two UK Top 10 singles.

After the demise of The Reluctant Stereotypes, singer Paul King formed The Raw Screens, who perfected their act and style to what Paul and his manager Perry Haines called 'Multi Tone,' as opposed to 'Two Tone', and then, in 1983, relaunched the group as self-named Eighties band King.

As lead singer, Paul King was famed for his 'cockatoo' haircut and spray painted Doc Marten's Boots - a look described "like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But, hell, the girls loved him;" while Burgess produced and drummed on most of the band's songs.

The band released two UK Top 10 albums on CBS both produced and mixed by Burgess, who also played drums on most of the debut work Steps in Time (the second LP, which was entitled Bitter Sweet, saw instead Adrian Lillywhite on drums). The CBS albums were both certified Gold and produced five hit singles, the most successful being the UK Number 2 hit Love & Pride.

King as a band lasted just a couple of years, from 1984 to 1986, then Paul King went solo with an unlucky album titled Joy, produced by Americanmarker producer Dan Hartman. After that, he briefly worked as a VJ for MTV. From 1988 to present, though, his TV appearances became increasingly infrequent.

In 1998, a collection was eventually out, entitled The Best of King - Love & Pride, with 18 tracks, featuring the band's greatest hits and stand-out tracks, including Paul King's one minor solo hit, I Know. Besides the popular «Breaker Heart Mix» of The Taste of Your Tears (an extended version which already featured on the first tape edition of Bitter Sweet), and classic remixes of "Love & Pride" and "Won't You Hold My Hand Now", the compilation also includes three non-album tracks: Don't Stop (bonus track on the re-release of the Steps in Time MC), Crazy Party and Groovin' with the Kings.


King Discography


Year A-side B-side UK Singles Chart
April 1984CBS Love And Pride(12": Body & Soul Mix) Don't StopClassic Strangers (12")
August 1984CBS Soul On My Boots(12": Rub-A-Dub Mix) Ain't No DoubtFools (12")
October 1984CBS Won't You Hold My Hand Now(12": Heavy Times Mix) EndlesslyNever Ending (12")
January 1985CBS A4948 Reissue7", 12" Love & Pride(12": Body & Soul Mix) Don't StopClassic Strangers (12")
March 1985CBS

7", limited double 7"**,12"
Won't You Hold My Hand Now (Remix)(12":Youth Mix) Fish (Reprise) (Live, Glasgow 26.1.85)Won't You Hold My Hand Now(Encore, Live)**

And As For Myself (Live)**
August 1985CBS7", 12" Alone Without You(12": Scorcher Mix) I Kissed The Spiky Fridge (Rock Hard Mix)Love & Pride (USA Summer Mix) (12")
October 1985CBS A66187", 12" The Taste Of Your Tears(12": Breaker Heart Mix) Crazy PartyAlone Without You - The Reprise (12")
January 1986CBS QTA6761 Torture(12": PF Extended Mix) Groovin' With The KingsThese Things (Reprise)(12")
1987CBS PKING1Paul King solo I Know Some Risks
1987CBS PKING2Paul King solo Follow My Heart(12": Heartbeat Mix) Love, Pride and Brutality
1987CBSPaul King solo Smug And Irritating ?


  • Joy (1987) - Paul King solo

  • The Best of King - Love & Pride (1998) - King & Paul King collection
  1. "Love & Pride" (3:20)
  2. "Don't Stop" (3:29)
  3. "Won't You Hold My Hand Now" (3:12)
  4. "Fish" (5:12)
  5. "Trouble" (4:02)
  6. "Soul on My Boots" (3:37)
  7. "I Kissed the Spikey Fridge" (4:05)
  8. "Alone without You" (3:34)
  9. "Crazy Party" (3:25)
  10. "The Taste of Your Tears" (4:03)
  11. "I Cringed, I Died, I Felt Hot" (4:56)
  12. "These Things" (2:29)
  13. "Torture" (3:37)
  14. "Groovin' with the Kings" (3:30)
  15. "I Know" [Paul King solo] (3:37)
  16. "Love & Pride (Body & Soul Mix)" (5:28)
  17. "Won't You Hold My Hand Now (Heavy Times Mix)" (7:50)
  18. "The Taste of Your Tears (Breaker Heart Mix)" (6:24)


Guinness Book of British Hit Singles 7th Edition - 1988
  1. King
  2. BBC - Coventry and Warwickshire - Entertainment - Pop into the Past
  3. icCoventry - King of the charts

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