Welcome to the official home of the Passions. The site is nothing to do with the US vocal group or the US soap opera of the same name and is not even remotely connected to the Beach Boys’ Carl and the Passions. The site was set up in response to the continuing interest in the band more than thirty five years after they split and to catalogue the ever growing collection of cover versions of German Film Star.
The Passions were a West London band of the late 70's and early 80's, who helped create the template for the introspective, quirky pop common in the Indie era. Signed to Fiction records with the Cure, their debut album Michael And Miranda featured ringing, echoed guitars and observant lyrics. The Passions had a two boy, two girl line up that added to their fresh appeal. After a personnel change and newly signed to Polydor Records in 1980, the Passions released two singles, The Swimmer and I'm In Love With A German Film Star. The latter became a hit and exposed the band to a new audience. Five more singles and two albums followed, Thirty Thousand Feet Over China and Sanctuary. The band toured Britain and Europe extensively and performed in America during 1983, making many new friends. Lack of business acumen and explosive personal relationships caused the Passions to implode on their return to Britain. The band's last ever gig was at the Marquee in Wardour Street on the 28th August 1983, counted by many as the best they ever did.
In the last few years there has been increasing interest in the band and an ever growing collection of cover versions of German Film Star, at least a dozen to date including the Foo Fighters, the Pet Shop Boys with Sam Taylor-Wood and Dubstar.
Michael & Miranda (with bonus tracks) re-released on CD by Cherry Red Records:
Thirty Thousand Feet Over China (with bonus tracks) re-released on CD by Cherry Red Records:
I'm in Love with a German Film Star
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