This is another one that I wasn’t sure about including, but having decided that the Scottish frontman of this English-based band was such a key factor in their songs and sound that I’m edging them in.

Jimmie O’Neill and the late Cha (Charles) Burns are best known as being part of The Silencers, a band formed in Glasgow in the 80s and still going strong today. Prior to that, they had been half of Fingerprintz, a new wave band from London who released eight singles and three albums between 1979 and 1981, all on Virgin Records. Most of the songs were written by O’Neill, including this rather splendid debut 45 (albeit it is very much of its time and place):-

mp3 : Fingerprintz – Dancing With Myself

It didn’t trouble the charts; nor indeed did any of the band’s releases.




  1. I love, love, love Fingerprintz! I am currently completing my Fingerprintz collection for the inevitable Fingerprintz DLX RMs I’m going to have to make myself, since no one wants to release their oeuvre on CD. I only still need the 12″ of “Dancing With Myself” and the 7″ of “Houdini Love.” I may need the “Bohemian Dance” 7″ since I’m not sure if it differs from the two songs form it that were only on the initial first release of the “Beat Noir” album. It was not unusual in that time to find the single releases from an album contained alternate recordings of the same material. Jimme O’Neill was a pop genius. Not only this work, but his album with Jacqui Brookes of superb torch songs [“Sob Stories”] was stellar. Not to mention tunes written for Lene Lovich.

    I’ve never heard The Silencers, though. The whole thing just seemed too safe to me from the outside. Especially given the esteem with which I held O’Neill’s work until that time. Everyone else was making awful music by 1985. Why not him too? I always felt that they would be horrible mid-80s rock music, so I avoided them. They mentally slot in with “Once Upon A Time” era Simple Minds. Ugh! Am I wrong?

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