In 1982 EMI AMERICA released " DON'T RUN MY LIFE" b/w "ICE AGE" from the band Spys. That's all I know....honest....who were these guys? I mean...it's not that great a song when you get right down to it. It's SOOOO dated. But this is just another mystery and I love mysteries.
At least Spys didn't have that far to fall......ROMAN HOLIDAY actually had a fantastic hit on MTV with the Ska-tinged "STAND BY" And all things looked good for a follow-up. Instead they released this piece of over-produced crap called "ONE FOOT BACK IN YOUR DOOR" and promptly fell off the face of the earth.
Earth MIGHT have been where SPECIMEN were from.....or perhaps they were bread out of some dark bat-cave in England. But either way they seem to be the Goth band that all the Goths forgot about. Shame...because 1984's "RETURNING FROM A JOURNEY" has always been one of my favourites. Another great SPECIMEN song is "KISS KISS BANG BANG". I was SURE the recent Val Kilmer film took it's title from this song.....as impossible as that sounds.