imageT’Pau is a British pop-rock band from Shrophire in the United Kingdom known in the U.S. for their “one hit wonder” status.

The band formed in 1986 in Shropshire, England & are named after a Vulcan elder of the same name on the classic sci-fi television series “Star Trek.”

The band originally consisted of singer-songwriter Carol Decker (born on September 10, 1957 in Liverpool, England), rhythm guitarist & songwriter Ronnie Rogers (born on March 13, 1959 in Shrewsbury, England), drummer & percussionist Tim Burgess (born on October 6, 1961 in Macclesfield, England), keyboardist Michael Chetwood (born on August 26, 1954 in Telford, England), bassist Paul Jackson (born on August 8, 1961 in Telford, England) and lead guitarist Taj Wyzgowski (born on November 24, 1959 in Edinburgh, Scotland). imageIn 1987, T’Pau released their debut single “Heart and Soul.” When the single was first released in the United Kingdom, it didn’t generate much success.

After the song was featured in an advertisement for Pepe Jeans, the song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later #4 on the UK Singles chart months later.

The song also peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #15 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

It was also successful internationally especially in Canada where it topped the Canadian RPM Singles chart for a week. imageIn September of that same year, the band released their debut album “Bridge of Spies.” In the U.S., it was titled as “T’Pau.”

In the U.K., the album topped the U.K. Albums chart for a week. It was certified Gold on October 14, 1987, Platnium on November 18, 1987 and eventually certified 4x Platinum in September of 1988.

In the U.S., the album peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Internationally, the album charted moderately & in Norway, it topped the Norwegian Albums chart.
imageThe follow-up single from the album “China in Your Hand” became T’Pau’s biggest hit in the United Kingdom, topping the U.K. Singles chart for five weeks & became the 600th song to top the U.K. Singles chart, keeping George Harrison’s song “Got My Mind Set on You” from topping the chart. imageThe title song was released as the third single from the album, but it didn’t make the charts at all. imageThe fourth single “Valentine” peaked at #9 on the U.K. Singles chart and was a moderate hit within Europe. It also became the last top ten single from T’Pau. imageThe song was re-released in 1993 as a 7-inch and CD single and managed to peak at #53 on the U.K. Singles chart. imageThe fifth single was a live version of the song “Sex Talk” (which was originally released under the title “Intimate Strangers”) peaked at #23 on the U.K. Singles chart. imageThe last single from the album “I Will Be There With You” peaked at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart for six weeks, becoming T’Pau’s last top 15 hit in the United Kingdom. imageIn October of 1988, T’Pau released their sophomore album “Rage” which peaked at #4 on the U.K. Albums Chart.

It was recorded during the summer of 1988, two years after the release of their debut album and following extensive touring & live performances. The album recording was completed at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands.

Even though the final album was accepted by T’Pau’s record company, it was felt that a “harder” sounding (or more guitar-based) album would be better suited for the North American market.

In early 1989, T’Pau went back into the recording studio to produce a new version of the album & despite the extra work, the album was never released in the United States, but it was released in Canada in September of 1989. imageThe first single from the album “Secret Garden” peaked at #18 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in Germany & Ireland. imageThe follow-up single “Road to Our Dream” peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in Ireland.imageThe last single from the album “Only the Lonely” peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles chart which became T’Pau’s second to last top 40 single. imageIn 1991, T’Pau released their third album “The Promise” which peaked at #10 on the U.K. Albums chart. imageThe first single from the album “Whenever You Need Me” peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart, giving the band their eighth & last top 40 hit single to date. imageThe follow-up single “Walk On Air” was unable to match the success of the previous single, peaking at #62 on the U.K. Singles chart. imageThe third single from the album “Soul Destruction” failed to make the U.K. Singles charts at all.

The last single “Only a Heartbeat” was only released in the United States & Japan, but didn’t chart at all.

T’Pau later disbanded shortly after the release of their third album. In 1993, a compliation album “Heart and Soul: The Very Best of T’Pau” was released and managed to peak at #35 on the U.K. Albums chart.

After another greatest hits album was released in 1997, Carol decided to reform T’Pau with a new line-up in 1998 that consisted of Carol, electric & acoustic guitarist Jez Ashurst, drummer Dave Hattee & bassist Dan McKinna. imageIn September of that same year, T’Pau released their fourth album “Red” which failed to make the U.K. Albums chart.

The two singles released from the album “With a Little Luck” and “Giving Up the Ghost” also failed to make any impact on the U.K. Singles chart.

T’Pau continued to perform live on a semi-regular basis & in the 2000s, Carol made guest apperances on television shows such as “Hit Me, Baby, One More Time,” “Just the Two of Us” and “The Weakest Link.” imageIn 2007 (which marked the 20th anniversary of T’Pau’s first success), Carol & Ron released a new single called “Just Dream” which was released exclusively as a download on the Internet.

In 2008, they became part of the “Here and Now” ’80s nostalgia tour.

In the spring of 2013 (to mark the 25th anniversary of when T’Pau was formed), Carol & Ron went on a 28-date tour in the United Kingdom. They continue to perform & tour today.

These days, Carol is married to restauranteur Richard Coates and has two children: a daughter named Scarlett (born in 1998) and a son named Dylan (born in 2002).

To see the music video for “Heart & Soul,” go to:

To see the music video for “China In Your Hands,” go to:

To see the music video for “Bridge of Spies,” go to:

To see the music video for “Valentine,” go to:

To see the music video for “Sex Talk,” go to:

To see the music video for “I Will Be With You,” go to:

To see the music video for “Secret Garden,” go to:

To see the music video for “Road to Our Dream,” go to:

To see the music video for “Only the Lonely,” go to:

To see the music video for “Whenever You Need Me,” go to:

To see the music video for “Walk on Air,” go to:

To see the music video for “Soul Destruction,” go to:

To see the music video for “Only a Heartbeat,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “With a Little Luck,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Giving Up the Ghost,” go to:

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