Various nude singles and album bags for the different countries where this (and the eponymous album) were released was about as interesting as it got for Hi Gloss. Perfect name really for something that was all packaging and no content. Studio group who left no trace at all.
Other than...one of the session singers who did backing vocals was Luther Vandross.
^ I bought 'You'll Never Know' at the time. I still like it but that was all I ever heard by Hi-Gloss (well, the B side too though that wasn't anywhere near as good). You're right, they were another studio group who were put together simply to record a single (and this time, an album) aimed at the dancefloors.
I'd forgotten about the (almost) nude picture bag - I remember thinking back then it was quite risque for a single that Woolies were selling!
I'm sure this one has been posted before, probably by me and possibly more than once, but any time is a good time to post one of my favourite singles of the 80s by a group who never got the recognition they deserved, at least certainly not with this 1984 release. Its very modest chart run in August / September 1984 of 96-87-87-x-91 beggars disbelief (and possibly stretches the definition of being a hit for the purpose of this thread). I owned the single on 12":
You can be fairly recent and almost forgotten. Ten years ago, a song could be a hit just through word of mouth and the hype of one DJ and I feel we will never see a day when a new indie band will score a hit with their first or second single again. It reached #33 in 2009.
The Airborne Toxic Event - Sometime Around Midnight
Weren’t Cola Boy really Saint Etienne. I seem to recall this
Yep, a side project by them. It was written and recorded as a white label by them, but then re-recorded by a different vocalist (Janet Lee Grace) who fronted the act on TV and promos with a friend of theirs Andrew Midgely. Sarah was on the original white label, but they were not able to release with her vocals due to record contract reasons.