Eighth Wonder was a British pop band from the ’80s that was formed by guitarist Jamie Kensit (born in 1963 from England) and his sister, singer\actress Patsy Kensit (born on March 4, 1968 in Hounslow, London, England).
The band’s original name was called Spice and originally consisted of Patsy, Jamie, guitarist Geoff Beauchamp, bassist Lawrence Lewis, drummer Jake Walters and percussionist Nigel Davis. They made their live debut in 1983 and spent the next year playing gigs hoping to get some attention from record labels.
In late 1984, Nigel Davis left the band and keyboardist Alex Godson joined the band. The band renamed themselves Eighth Wonder and Patsy began writing songs for them.
In November of 1984, Eighth Wonder performed their first gig in Wimbledon, London and during one of their gigs, Patsy was offered a role in the 1986 musical film “Absolute Beginners” and the band contributed a song to the film’s soundtrack.
In April of 1985, the band was signed to CBS Records. In October of that same year, they released their first single “Stay With Me” which peaked at #65 on the U.K. Singles chart, but topped the charts in Japan & peaked at #4 in Italy.
Shortly after the single’s release, Lawrence Lewis and Jake Walters left the band & Eighth Wonder began using drum machines & keyboards for their bass sound.
In August of 1986, Eighth Wonder traveled to Los Angeles, California to record new songs for their debut album & worked with music producer Mike Chapman (who is well-known for working with Blondie).
In February of 1987, the band released their second single “Will You Remember” which topped the charts in Japan again, reached the top 10 in Italy and peaked at #83 on the U.K. Singles chart.
Their third single “When the Phone Stops Ringing” became Eighth Wonder’s third number-one hit in Japan and peaked at #26 in Italy, but failed to make the charts in the U.K.
During that same year, the band released a Japanese exclusive mini-album called “Brilliant Dreams” which contained their first three singles & b-sides. While finishing up their debut album, Alex Godson was replaced by Steve Grantley.
In February of 1988, Eighth Wonder released their fourth single “I’m Not Scared” which peaked at #7 on the UK Singles chart and became a top 10 hit in every country in Europe.
In June of 1988, the band released their fifth single “Cross My Heart” which peaked at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In the United States, the song peaked at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 (becoming their only highest appearance on the Hot 100 to date), #10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #15 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In July of 1988, the band released their debut album, “Fearless” which peaked at #47 on the U.K. Albums chart and #8 on the album charts in Japan. It also managed to chart in Germany, Sweden & Switzerland.
The sixth single from the album “Baby Baby” peaked at #65 on the UK Singles chart, #2 in Japan, #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
In 1989, Eighth Wonder released their last single “Use Me” which peaked at #3 in Japan. After that, the band went their separate ways & Patsy Kensit began focusing on her acting career.
These days, Patsy continues to act. She starred in television shows such as “Emmerdale” and “Holby City.” In 2015, she appeared in Series 15 on “Celebrity Big Brother.”
Steve Grantley is a drummer for punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers. He has also played drums for Julian Lennon, Alicia Keys and the Clash along with writing two books as well.
It’s unknown what the other members of Eighth Wonder are up to these days.
To see a fan-made video for “Stay With Me,” go to:
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