John Otway

With punk all but a distant memory, the start of the 1980s saw New Wave as the leading musical genre in Britain. The dawning of a new decade gave Otway new hope and saw him re-united with Wild Willy Barrett. The pair's first single back together was Birthday Boy which was released in April 1980.

Despite the string of flops, Polydor still backed Otway to make another hit single - especially as he was now back with Barrett. They admired his determination and self-belief that another hit was just around the corner. Sadly for both parties, this would not be the case and the search for a second hit continued.

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John Otway