T’Pau

T’Pau
Release date
01 January 1970
T’Pau
01 January 1970 |

T’Pau is a British pop rock group led by singer Carol Decker. They had a string of Top 40 hits in the UK in the late 1980s, most notably “China in Your Hand”, “Heart and Soul” and “Valentine”, and several hits in Europe. Decker still performs under the name T’Pau at solo shows and 1980s nostalgia concerts, and in 2013 she reunited with original bandmember and co-songwriter Ronnie Rogers for a 25th anniversary UK tour.

Their first hit was the 1987 release “Heart and Soul”. It first became a hit in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching No. 4 after being featured on a Pepe Jeans advertisement; it repeated the feat in the UK Singles Chart some months later. Their next single, “China in Your Hand”, was their biggest UK hit, spending five weeks at number 1. It also reached the top spot in several European countries, but made little impact in the United States. Their debut album, Bridge of Spies, also reached number 1 and went quadruple platinum in the UK. The album produced a total of five hit singles including “Valentine”, “Sex Talk” and “I Will Be with You”.

1988 saw the release of their second album Rage, which peaked at No. 4 in the UK and reached platinum status there. It produced the UK Top 20 single “Secret Garden”, though chart returns were diminishing by this point, and two following singles earned very modest success. Third album The Promise followed in 1991: it peaked at No. 10 in the UK, earning a silver disk. It included one Top 20 hit, “Whenever You Need Me”. A compilation album, Heart and Soul – The Very Best of T’Pau, was released in 1993 and reached the UK’s Top 40.

Another greatest hits release appeared in 1997, and Decker reformed the band with a new line-up in 1998, for the release of a new studio album, Red. The record was not a commercial success, but T’Pau have continued to perform live on a semi-regular basis. Two singles “With a Little Luck” and “Giving Up the Ghost” were released from the album. Decker still made guest appearances on TV shows throughout the 2000s, including Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, Just the Two of Us and The Weakest Link. In 2007, marking the 20th anniversary of T’Pau’s first success, Ron Rogers and Carol Decker released a new single, “Just Dream”, exclusively as an Internet download. In 2008, T’Pau were part of the Here and Now 80s nostalgia tour.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the formation of the band, Carol and Ron embarked on a 28-date UK tour during the spring of 2013.

T’pau are about to embark on a UK tour to promote their new studio album ‘Pleasure and Pain’ in January 2015