Mick Roberts (keyboard)
Anthony Wall (bass guitar)
Jim Lantsbery (guitar)
John Hewitt / Adrian Lillywhite (drums)
King’s Steps in Time was one of those albums I should’ve never owned. A statistical anomaly. I don’t even remember how it came to be in my collection. In the early-to-mid 80’s, I was all about heavy metal, from Dio to Ozzy to Judas Priest to Grave Digger, etc. So Steps in Time was something of an oddity in my cassette heap.
But holy shit I loved that album. I don’t think there was a song on it that I didn’t enjoy. My friends hated it. Completely. They simply could not understand my attraction and would most likely agree with Trouser Press’s review:
… Steps in Time is filled with alarmingly stupid lyrics, fickle stylistic dabbling, arena-rock attributes and art-school pretensions. Awful.
Steps in Time was either something you got or you didn’t. And a lot of people got it. Love & Pride hit #2 in the U.K. and broke into the Top 50 in the U.S. Won’t You Hold My Hand hit #24 in the U.K., while Fish and Cherry were both fairly popular (although neither charted). Fish and Cherry were two of my favorites and for several years I mis-remembered Fish as the name of the album.
From King’s wiki page:
The band was formed from the remnants of Coventry rock-ska band The Reluctant Stereotypes … After the Reluctant Stereotypes, singer Paul King formed The Raw Screens, who perfected their act and style … and then, in 1983, relaunched the group as self-named Eighties band King.
The band lasted only two years, from 1984 to 1986. Their second album, Bitter Sweet produced 3 hits in the U.K. (Alone Without You - #8, The Taste of Your Tears - #11, and Torture - #23) but failed to do anything in the U.S. After disbanding, Paul King went on to release a solo album and then turned to a DJ career on MTV and VH1.
Somewhat amazingly (at least from my standpoint in the U.S.), Steps in Time isn’t available as a digital download but Bitter Sweet is (on iTunes but not Amazon). Their greatest hits album is available on both, but that’s not really the same. It doesn’t include And As For Myself, Unity Song, or Cherry, the latter of which is a deal-breaker for me.
So I guess I’ll have to pony up the money and buy the CD. Which seems odd. This is 2011, right?
For more history on the band, see the following from the official website: