In a radio interview in 1984, Michael Walker and Glen Muirhead from the band Solid Citizens were told their single ‘Singing in the shower’ had entered as number one, in its first week in the Bathurst charts displacing Michael Jackson’s current hit.
This success was the culmination of hard work and perseverance which had led them to record with producers, Mike Shipley and Mark Goldenberg, at the famed Manor Studios in Oxfordshire, UK. Shipley had just finished recording and mixing ‘Heartbeat City’ for the Cars, and Goldenberg had recently co-written ‘Automatic’ for the Pointer Sisters.
Michael and Glen were the founding members of Solid Citizens and, in 1982, released an independent single ‘You’re not alone’ which received airplay on 4ZZZ, FM104, was 2JJ DJ Tom Zelenka’s “song of the year” and resulted in deals with MCA Music and RCA Records.
“Recording at the Manor was interesting,” reflects Walker. “Apart from working in one of the world’s best studios with two of the hottest producers/songwriters in the world, we spent two weeks sharing the residential studios with studio owner, Richard Branson, who was an engaging eccentric”.
The release of ‘Singing in the shower’ led to an appearance on ABC’s Countdown, and the song charting in the national top 40.