The Mobiles

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Mobiles
OriginEastbourne, East Sussex
GenresSynthpop, new wave
Years active1981–1984
LabelsRialto, RCA
Associated actsThe Avengers
Past membersDavid Blundell
Chris Downton
Russ Madge
Anna Maria
Eddie Smithson
John Smithson

Mobiles were a British 1980s synthpop band whose 1982 song "Drowning in Berlin" reached No. 9 ín the UK Singles Chart.[1] The follow-up single "Amour, Amour" (No. 45 in the UK) continued the European flavour.

Career[edit]

The Mobiles were based in Eastbourne,[2] with band members hailing from Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne, and were led by Anna Maria. Following the band's dissolution Maria and Madge worked together as "The Avengers", releasing a couple of singles for RCA. They were signed by Rialto records, owned by Nick Heath and Tim Heath, sons of British bandleader Ted Heath.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Drowning in Berlin" / (b/w) "Tiptoe in Paradise" – 1981 (UK No. 9[1] - Rialto RIA 3)
  • "Amour Amour" / (b/w) "Skeleton Dance" - 1982 (UK No. 45[1] - Rialto RIA 5, included four Mobiles stickers)
  • "Partners in Fiction" / (b/w) "Snow Man" - 1982 (did not chart – Rialto RIA 10)
  • "You're Not Alone" / (b/w) "Struth" – 1982 (did not chart – Rialto MOB3, limited edition Mobiles 3-Pack included first 2 singles Buy 1 Get 2 Free)
  • "Build Me Up Buttercup" / (b/w) "Don't Pay The Axeman" – 1983 (did not chart – Rialto RIA 15)
  • "Fear" / (b/w) "Longtime" – 1983 (did not chart – Rialto RIA 20)
  • "Lost Without Your Love / (b/w) "Remember" – 1984 (did not chart – MCA/Panther Records PAN 10)[3]

Albums[edit]

  • Drowning in Berlin – 1982
  • "Drowning in Berlin"
  • "Better Late Than Never"
  • "Amour Amour"
  • "Fear"
  • "Long Time"
  • "Climbing Frame"
  • "Partners in Fiction"
  • "Struth"
  • "Tamarind Man"
  • "You're Not Alone"
  • Drowning in Berlin: The Best Of – 2006 (Cherry Red label – CDM RED 309)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 43. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Annemarie Field (28 December 2006). "EIGHTIES BAND'S ALBUM REVIVAL". Eastbourne Today. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Mobiles Discography at Discogs". discogs. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Mobiles | Discography". AllMusic. 20 November 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2014.

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