Throwback Video of the Week!

Throwback Video of the Week!

Throwback Video of the Week!

English singer, musician and songwriter Howard Jones during a performance, UK, 14th March 1985. (Photo by Stoddart/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Howard Jones is an interesting pop star. One might even call him somewhat unusual because of his instruments of choice. Like other pop stars, Jones is a good singer. However, instead of wielding a guitar, he has always a been a synthesizer man with a little keytar thrown in for on-stage mobility. That, and his MTV-ready hair, are what set him apart from the pack in the 1980s.

Born John Howard Jones in the UK, he spent his teen years in Canada. He played in various bands there and back in the UK as a university student before striking out on his own as a solo artist. Jones released his debut album, Human’s Lib, in 1984 and it did very well in the UK. But it was his second album, Dream into Action, that brought Jones even greater worldwide success. The singles “Things Can Only Get Better” and “No One Is to Blame” were both top-5 hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the mid-’80s.

As one of the leading artists of the ’80s synth-pop movement, Howard Jones was included in the lineup of the historic Live Aid event in 1985. But I always felt he should have been a bigger star and never understood any negativity toward him. Jones has said he’s proud that he wasn’t loved by the media. He told the Daily Telegraph that it was more important for him to write songs “about positive thinking and challenging people’s ideas” than to get good reviews.

You can catch Howard Jones on tour with Culture Club and Berlin at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte this summer. Click here for details.

  • Things Can Only Get Better (1985)

    Released as the first single from Howard Jones’ 1985 album Dream into Action, the very catchy “Things Can Only Get Better” cracked the top ten in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Sweden, and Canada. As Howard gets ready to take the stage in the music video, there are references to both Charlie Chaplin and The Karate Kid.

  • No One Is To Blame (1986)

    According to Songfacts, “No One Is to Blame” is about being attracted to people who you can’t be with. Released in 1986, it was the final single from Howard’s second album, Dream into Action. The song achieved top ten status on the charts in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and Australia.

  • Everlasting Love (1989)

    Released as the first single from the 1989 album Cross That Line, “Everlasting Love” was the first of Howard Jones’ singles to be released on CD. True to the sentiment of the song, Jones has had everlasting love in his life. He has been married to his wife, Jan Smith, since 1977.

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