80s new wave mania: "The Promise" When in Rome (1988)
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
December 4, 2017 8:45am CST
“If you need a friend Don’t look to a stranger You know in the end I’ll always be there” This synthpop trio was comprised of vocalists Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann plus keyboardist Michael Floreale. Farrington had founded the British band in the new wave musical hotbed of Manchester. Their self titled album proved When in Rome’s only release and yielded the hits “The Promise” and “Heaven Knows” charting at Billboard #11 and #14. The 12” extended dance play version was a club hit. The lush romantic quality probably explains its popularity then and endurance now as a new wave classic. When in Rome broke up in 1990. In 2006, Floreale revived the band then Farrington and Mann created the rival When in Rome UK in 2009.
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