I’ve written about this elsewhere on Iheart80s, so please forgive me if I repeat myself.
If you remember it was written by Vince Clarke, formerly of Depeche Mode, but at the time starring with Alison Moyet as Yazoo. They had taken the song into the UK Singles Chart in 1982 making it a very creditable number 2.
The following year, a group of actors called The Flying Pickets decided that that the charts were ready for an a cappella act. So Brian Hibbard, David Brett, Rick Lloyd, Gareth Williams, Ken Gregson and ‘Red Stripe’ got together to record the song. Released in the w/e 26th November 1983 it was an almost instant hit – appearing on Wogan didn’t do it any harm. Within 3 weeks it was number 1, where it stayed until January 1984.
I received my copy as a Christmas present and played it to death such was its appeal to me. It was backed by a track called Disco Down, written by Rick Lloyd.
The group scored another top ten hit with a cover of Van McCoy’s When You’re Young And In Love, but their third and final assault on the charts, with the Eurythmics’ Who’s That Girl, was ultimately fruitless.