Star Apps: Retro Futura Tour 2014

In the early ’80s — when the US charts were still dominated by ’70s rock like Steve Miller Band, Chicago, and Foreigner — a fresh crop of artists rose up with a revolutionary, synth-based sound that borrowed from Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder and would influence future electronic music. This second British Invasion included Howard Jones, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Ultravox’s Midge Ure, Katrina and the Waves’ Katrina, and China Crisis. If you missed them the first time around, catch them on this summer’s Retro Futura Tour. I chatted with these artists about the tour, the stories behind their classic songs, the secrets that even hardcore fans don’t know, and their favorite apps.

(Credit: Retro Futura Tour 2014 storms America through September 10.)

Howard Jones

Howard Jones

(Credit: Paradise Artists)

Howard Jones’ 1985 top 10 album, “Dream Into Action,” featured smashes “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Life in One Day,” “No One Is to Blame,” and “Like to Get to Know You Well.” He continues to make music and tour the world.

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