When in Rome (band)

When in Rome (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = When in Rome

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Origin = Manchester, England
Genre = Dance
New Wave
Years_active = 1988 - present
Label = Virgin, 10
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Current_members = John Ceravolo (vocals)
Michael Floreale
Rob Juarez

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Clive Farrington and Michael Floreale were in the locally active, Manchester based group Beau Leisure. Farrington and Floreale later recruited singer Andrew Mann and adopted the name When In Rome. Corinne Drewery, later of the sophisti-pop outfit Swing Out Sister, was a singer on the bands original demos.

Signed by Virgin UK subsidiary 10 Records, producers Ben Rogan (who had worked with Sade) and Richard James Burgess (Five Star, Living in a Box, Colonel Abrams, Spandau Ballet) took special interest in the trio's "The Promise," issued first as a 12" dance disk. When the song became popular hitting the top of Billboard's Dance Club Play chart, Virgin ordered an album. "The Promise," remixed, was the first single from their self-titled debut album. It was an instant success barely missing the Top Ten in the United States peaking at #11. Months later the trio reached Billboard's pop chart's lower reaches for the last time with "Heaven Knows" (#95, 1990). "The Promise" was also featured in the popular 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. The band Anberlin did a cover version of "The Promise" on the special edition of their 2007 album Cities.

In 2006 When In Rome's founding member Michael Floreale was approached by a major force in the music business to reform When In Rome. Floreale had moved to Dallas, Texas in 1992 and was an award winning composer for TV and film. He recruited percussionist Rob Juarez, former touring member of General Public and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (featuring Paul Humphrey) and keyboardist Dave Schulz, former touring member of Goo Goo Doll's and The English Beat heralding the return of When In Rome. The band toured successfully in 2006 and 2007 and shared the stage with Devo, Bow Wow Wow, A Flock Of Seagulls, The Psychedelic Furs, Animotion, Dramarama, and General Public. In 2008 When In Rome performed live for the first time in Asia along with Real Life and A Flock of Seagulls and completed a successful tour with a sold out show in Lima, Peru.



* "When in Rome" (1988) US: #84


ee also

* List of number-one dance hits (United States)
* List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart

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