'80s Synth Pop Visionary Howard Jones Collects a Whole New Generation of Fans
The New Wave Icon has just released a new album, Dialogue, and is currently touring with fellow '80s faves Ultravox's Midge Ure and Kajagoogoo's Nick Beggs
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
August 17, 2022
Synth-pop/new wave stalwart Howard Jones has been churning out his unique brand of positive electronic music since 1983. The following year he released his first full-length album, Human's Lib, and scored two massive hits on both sides of the Atlantic right out of the gate with "What Is Love" and "New Song."
He followed that up with Dream Into Action in 1985 and broke through in a major way with another impressive showing of no less than four huge hits, including "Things Can Only Get Better," "Life In One Day," "Like To Get To Know You Well," and "No One Is To Blame" which went to #1 in the U.S.
That same year Jones famously performed "Hide and Seek" at Wembley Stadium in London during the famous Live Aid concert for African famine relief. To date, he's sold more than 8 million albums worldwide during his nearly 40-year career.
We sat down with Jones recently to discuss his current tour with Midge Ure of Ultravox and Kajagoogoo's, Nick Beggs, and his new album, Dialogue. Much of the new music was conceived during Covid lockdown, but the lyrical content came afterward for fear of being a little too downbeat for his style. He has been releasing tracks from the forthcoming album on streaming services worldwide. Later this year, he will be releasing the album in full. Dialogue is number 3 in a set of 4 albums tied together thematically - Engage, Transform, Dialogue, and Global Citizen (coming in 2023).
Jones says he's excited to reach a new generation of listeners, noticing younger faces in the crowd thanks to the inclusion of one of his greatest hits on the Season 3 soundtrack to the wildly successful Netflix series Stranger Things. He is currently on the road in Europe, with dates scheduled in the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Germany through the end of November.