Joseph Hughes

This acoustic duo featuring David Freeman (vocals/lyrics) and Joseph Hughes (various instruments) rose to prominence by supporting the Eurythmics in 1986 at a series of large arenas, after they had been "discovered" by Dave Stewart on an early demo. He played this demo tape to producer Jimmy Iovine, who was in London recording material with the Pretenders. The result was a debut album and the single "No More I Love You's", although other singles "Terrible Dancing", "Every Lover's Sign' and 1987"s "I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten" failed to match that song's impact. The future for the band seemed bright with dates lined up to work with Alison Moyet on album tracks and production work with Maria Vidal and others. However, the partnership dissolved soon after. While Hughes gave up the music business in favour of carpentry, Freeman continued to write songs at Dave Stewart's studio, recording some ten album's worth of material. However, with one or two exceptions these compositions remained unreleased. In 1991 he did release Balance, a 1,000-copy pressing credited to Free-Man-Creese. A cassette credited to The Lover Speaks, but actually solely the work of Freeman, titled Under A Tall Tree, was also given a limited (500 copy) release. However, with Annie Lennox reaching number 2 in 1995 with a cover version of "No More I Love You's", the group was once again the subject of some interest. Freeman used the resultant publicity to search for a major recording contract and pieced together a "greatest hits" selection from his unissued archive recordings.

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