British new wave band Modern English will play at Little Toad

LAS CRUCES – Modern English, the British new wave band who found success in the United States with the 1982 hit ‘I Melt With You,’ perform a happy hour set tonight at Little Toad Creek.

The band is touring North America to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their breakthrough album “After the Snow,” and is between concert dates in Tulsa (March 23) and Tucson (March 26). Modern English will take the stage at Little Toad Creek around 5:30 or 6 p.m. on March 25. There are no entrance fees.

Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery, 119 N Main St., promotes the show on its Facebook page, saying “Stop the world and drink with us”, quoting a line from the band’s famous song.

Modern English was formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1979 by Robbie Gray (vocals), Gary McDowell (guitar, vocals) and Michael Conroy (bass, vocals). Steve Walker (keyboards) joined later.

According to the band’s biography, musical influences include Joy Division, Simple Minds and Duran Duran.

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In 1982, the band released their second album, “After the Snow”.

“Released in 1982’s After The Snow, to mixed reviews and initially sold poorly. In fact, it never really sold well in the UK. We got a little discouraged. However, in America, things started to take off,” Walker wrote on the band’s website. “I Melt With You was the one choice that stood out, we did our first video, which received heavy rotation from the new MTV. Things started to look a lot better.”

“I Melt With You” reached No. 7 on Billboard’s Top Rock Songs in 1983 and has been featured in several popular culture “love” montages over the years.

The group would first break up in 1986 and go through several iterations over the next 25 years, with the original members reuniting in 2009.

Lucas Peerman can be contacted at [email protected] or @LittleGuyInATie on Twitter.

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