Bucks Fizz ‘We were meant to release Tina Turner single first’

Bucks Fizz was a British pop group that was active from 1981 to 1988. The group was formed as part of the British television show “A Song for Europe,” and consisted of four members: Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, Jay Aston, and Mike Nolan. Bucks Fizz is best known for their hit song “Making Your Mind Up,” which won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest and became a top-five hit in the UK.

The group was known for their elaborate stage shows and costumes, and their energetic pop music style. Despite lineup changes and a decline in popularity in the late 1980s, Bucks Fizz remained a popular live act in Europe and continued to tour and perform as a trio.

Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston say Bucks Fizz were meant to release ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ before Tina Turner.The single was intended for their fourth studio album she revelead in a music interview ‘I Hear Talk’. Cheryl said: “If I have to be completely honest, I preferred Tina’s version.”Jay added: “She made the version which was like the original demo. The fact that it was sung by a woman was so much cooler and of the day and edgy.”

Baker explained that the group even get a mention in the new Tina biopic: “In the Tina biopic, they mention the song and Bucks Fizz. Not in a very pleasant way, but even so, it’s nice to her a mention” she laughed.

Bucks Fizz sold 9 million singles and spent 150 weeks in the UK charts. The band notched up 11 top 20 hits which included 7 top 10 singles, such as If You Can’t Stand The Heat, New Beginning and Now Those Days Are Gone.

They topped the charts three times, with The Land Of Make Believe, My Camera Never Lies and, of course, the Eurovision winning song, Making Your Mind Up.

Jay and Cheryl, alongside bandmate Mike Nolan, now perform under The Fizz. Their latest album ‘Everything Under The Sun’ was released a few months ago, produced by Mike Stock.

The Fizz will perform a special belated anniversary gig at London’s O2 Indigo on 31st March 2023, tickets are on sale now.

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