Released today in 1983: Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh)

Inner Vision IVLA3406

Inner Vision IVLA3406

Question: Just who or what was Jimmy The Hoover?

Answer: It was something to do with Malcolm McLaren again.

Jimmy The Hoover was another band managed by McLaren, this one formed in 1982 and comprising Simon Barker (keyboards), Derek Dunbar (vocals), Flinto Chandia (bass), Carla Duplantier (drums) and Mark Rutherford (guitar). McLaren arranged for them to support another of his acts, Bow Wow Wow, on tour; he also chose their name but was vague about the meaning. When former model Dunbar made his solo appearance on the front of Smash Hits, the feature inside stated that Jimmy was “the name of a comic character who’s never got into print,” but that was as far as the explanation went. The African rhythms and calypso vibe of debut single and sole hit Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh) came via the influence of songwriter Chandia, who was originally from Zambia. Later in the year he returned there, as there were problems with obtaining a visa to work in the UK. But before he went, Rutherford had also left the band (“a mutual decision” according to the Smash Hits article) and when a follow-up single failed to chart, the band also found themselves lacking a record company as well as a guitarist and a bass player. A couple of years later, Jimmy The Hoover (with just Dunbar, Duplantier and Barker pictured on the reverse of the sleeve) returned with a third single, but they called it a day when this flopped.

NEW SINGLES on sale from Jun. 3
1983
JIMMY THE HOOVER (Derek Dunbar) Tantalise (Wo Wo Ee Yeh Yeh) (Inner Vision IVLA3406)
SPARKS Cool Spaces (Atlantic A9866)
1985
SIMPLY RED Money’s Too Tight (To Mention) (Elektra EKR9)

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