Age Of Chance
Age Of Chance were a British alternative rock-dance crossover band from Leeds, England, active from 1985 to 1991. They were perhaps most known for their mutant metallic cover of Prince's "Kiss". Musically they were a sonic collision of punk, hip hop, industrial rock and Northern Soul. Steven E provided a distinctive strident nasal vocal style, often employing a megaphone. He left the band during the recording of their second LP Mecca forcing the rest of the band to recruit a new singer, Charles Hutchinson, in January 1989, and "re-vocal" the LP, which was released in 1990. The main single from that collection, "Higher Than Heaven" reached No. 53 in the UK, despite being voted "record of the week" by BBC Radio One's breakfast show listeners. When Hutchinson left, band member Perry took on vocal duties briefly before the band split in 1991. Striking cover art visuals were a collaboration between the group and The Designers Republic, who would go on to graphic design fame. The band were contemporaries of Pop Will Eat Itself, whose music also featured rock guitar, dance beats and copious samples, and other early UK samplist groups such as Coldcut. (more on Wikipedia)

Links To Peel

Age of Chance first came to national attention in 1985, when their debut single on their own Riot Bible label, "Motorcity/ Everlasting Yeah", was picked up and championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel. From the session that followed, "I Don't Know and I Don't Care" was re-recorded for Gunfire and Pianos, a compilation album released by Zigzag magazine. In January 1986, they released a second self-funded single, "Bible of the Beats" / "Liquid Jungle",  which led to an invitation to contribute a track, "From Now On, This Will Be Your God," to the NME C86 compilation tape. The band made their London debut at the ICA Rock week in July 1986. A second Peel session was recorded in June 1986, including a cover of "Kiss" while the Prince single was still in the charts. The band then signed to Sheffield independent record label Fon for "Kiss" and its remix 12"s and the six-track mini-LP Crush Collision. "Kiss" was No. 2 in the 1986 Festive Fifty.

Festive Fifty Entries


1. Recorded: 1985-10-06. Broadcast: 29 October 1985. Repeated: 27 November 1985, 23 December 1985, 29 January 1986

  • Mob! Hut! / The Going Going Gone Man / The Morning After The Sixties / I Don't Know And I Don't Care

2. Recorded: 1986-06-10. Broadcast: 23 June 1986. Repeated: 09 July 1986, 06 August 1986, 22 December 1986

  • Be Fast Be Clean Be Cheap / How The West Was Won / From Now On, This Will Be Your God / Kiss

Other Shows Played

Age Of Chance - Kiss

Age Of Chance - Kiss

A cover of Prince's Kiss reached #02 in the 1986 Festive Fifty

(The following list was compiled only from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive and is certainly incomplete. Please add further details if known.)

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