After her band Altered Images split in 1983, Clare Grogan decided to concentrate on acting for a while. She had already launched her acting career while still a member of Altered Images (see earlier article in this blog), and as C.P. Grogan (the actors’ union, Equity, which she was required to join to work in film and television, already had a Claire [sic] Grogan so she could not use her birth name) she made a handful of appearances in some notable projects. She appeared in the film ‘Comfort and Joy’ in 1984, and had a small but memorable role as a somewhat insolent hotel receptionist in the BBC comedy based on the Tom Sharpe novel ‘Blott On The Landscape’ the following year. The year after that she appeared in an episode of another BBC hit, ‘The Monocled Mutineer’, before originating the recurring role of Kristine Kochanski in the cult sci-fi comedy ‘Red Dwarf’ in 1988.
But she hadn’t left music behind altogether, as demonstrated by the image at the top of this article. Unfortunately Love Bomb, um, bombed, and album Trash Mad was shelved. At the end of the 80s she was singing in a new band, Universal Love School, with former Altered Images band mate, and future husband, Steve Lironi.
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The HOUSEMARTINS Happy Hour (Go! Discs GOD11)
SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK 21st Century Boy (Parlophone SSS2)
STRANGE CRUISE (Steve Strange) Beat Goes On (EMI EMI5564)
BOY GEORGE Keep Me In Mind (Virgin BOY101)
BREATHE Jonah (Siren SRN35)
Clare GROGAN Love Bomb (London LON134)
HEARTBEAT UK (Steve Lambert, Jon Moss) Jump To It! (Virgin VS972)
RADIO HEART featuring Gary NUMAN (Gary Numan) London Times (GFM GFM112)
T’PAU Intimate Strangers (Siren SRN52)
U2 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Island IS328)
Mari WILSON Don’t Get Mad, Get Even (Nightmare MARES39)