|Five Star - Silk & Steel (1986)|
Romford's answer to the Jackson 5, Five Star were a brother-and-sister pop group heavily influenced by the likes of Janet, Michael and family. In fact like the Jacksons, they were managed and produced by their father Buster, who also set up a record label (Tent, on RCA) in order to release their work.
Famous for their matching outfits (quite often jumpsuits) and dance routines, they were hugely successful in the mid 80s, with this, their second album going to number one and reaching quadruple platinum status. They also did pretty well overseas, with several top 40 singles in the US.
The inner album sleeve contains a profile of each member, helpfully informing us of all their heights, eye colour, favourite films and other such stuff that their fans just had to know. We learn that Doris' (Doris!) 'Worst Experience' was her trousers falling down on TV. Their eventual slide down the charts and rumoured bankruptcy would eventually trump this experience for poor Doris and co. however.
I loved Five Star, althought I never bothered with their next album Between The Lines (1987). My best friend had a copy and it wasn't half as good as Silk & Steel. Most of the songs on this album still stand up very well. The band are apparently now reunited and back on tour for 2012 including the Rewind Festivals, so catch them if you can!
Five Star – If I Say Yes Five Star – Rain Or Shine Five Star – Stay Out Of My Life