Living in a Box were a British pop\new-wave band from the 80’s that consisted of members vocalist\guitarist Richard Darbyshire (born on March 8, 1960 in Stockport, Cheshire, England), Marcus Vere (born on January 29, 1962) who played synthesizers, and drummer Anthony “Tich” Critchlow (born on December 15, 1960). The band formed in 1985 in Sheffield, England.
The lead single, “Living in a Box” became their well-known hit song, peaking at #5 on the UK Singles chart. In the United States, the song became their only top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #17.
The song also managed to peak at #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #16 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. “Living in a Box” was covered by singer Bobby Womack, who worked with Living in a Box on their debut album. His version was a moderate hit in the UK and the US.
In 1989, Living in a Box released their last album, “Gatecrashing” which peaked at #21 on the UK Albums chart. The first single released from the album, “Blow the House Down” peaked at #10 on the UK Singles chart. The title song peaked at #36 on the UK Singles chart.
The third single, “Room in Your Heart” became another hit for Living in a Box, peaking at #5 on the UK Singles chart. The last single, “Different Air” peaked at #57 on the UK Singles chart.
Due to creative differences, Living in a Box broke up in 1990 before a third album was released. Richard Darbyshire had a moderate solo career, releasing two albums. He now works as a songwriter\music producer.
Anthony Critchlow and Marcus Vere retired from the music business after Living in a Box split up. Today, Anthony works as a lighting designer and Marcus produces award-winning DVD’s called “Here Comes A….!” for preschool-aged kids.
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