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Briefly called "Charlie Cuckoo" (after a racehorse), it soon began work as "Charlie".

After a couple of early singles, including the well-played "Johnny Hold Back", and several albums, the band finally had a hit in 1978 with "She Loves to Be In Love," which reached the Top 60 in the United States.

Julian Colbeck, who had replaced Martin Smith after the first album, departed four albums later in 1980 amid some turmoil. He writes, "Finally, the touring band line-up of Terry Thomas, John Anderson, Eugene Organ, Steve Gadd, and myself ceased operations once Arista refused to release "Here Comes Trouble", and our caring, sharing management company immediately cut off all our money in 1980. That's a whole other story but, for the record, our final gig was in 1979 at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday 29 October, alongside Foreigner." Thomas commented "Arista our new label in the U.S. wanted more songs - our company in the UK - Trident Audio Productions - refused to put us in the studio or spend any more money. The UK record company - Polydor - wouldn't release it until it had a U.S. release. Effectively Charlie had no record label and no money to live on. Eugene and Julian decided to leave."

In 1982, Terry Slesser joined the group as lead singer. In 1983, the group had their most successful hit single, "It's Inevitable". The MTV music video featured a rousing pie fight. The album was a flop, however, and the band folded.

In 1986, Thomas rejoined with a new crew and released In Pursuit of Romance. Thomas writes, "This was basically a contractual album - Steve had gone off to work with Iron Maiden as a drum tech and John had a job in the telecommunications industry. I ended up making the whole album by myself - it put me in the hospital!"

Other than a "best of" retrospective in 2000, and the re-mastered Anthology in 2007, Charlie has been dormant.

fantasy girls no second chance lines fight dirty

Fantasy Girls

  1. Fantasy Girls
  2. Miss Deluxe
  3. TV Dreams
  4. Prisoners
  5. First Class Traveller
  6. Greatcoat Guru
  7. Please Let Me Know
  8. Don’t Let Me Down
  9. It’s Your Life
  10. Summer Romance

No Second Chance

  1. No Second Chance
  2. Don't Look Back
  3. Pressure Point
  4. Turning To You
  5. Thirteen
  6. Lovers
  7. Johnny Hold Back
  8. Love Is Alright
  9. Guitar Hero


  1. She Loves To Be In Love
  2. No More Heartache
  3. Life So Cruel
  4. Watching TV
  5. Out Of Control
  6. L.A. Dreamer
  7. No Strangers In Paradise
  8. Keep Me In Mind
  9. I Like To Rock And Roll

Fight Dirty

  1. Killer Cut
  2. Fight Dirty
  3. Don't Count Me Out
  4. Heartless
  5. Too Late
  6. So Alone
  7. Just One More Smiling Face
  8. California
  9. The End Of It All
  10. Runaway
good morning america here comes trouble charlie in pursuit of romance

Good Morning America

  1. Good Morning America
  2. I Can’t Get Over You
  3. Roll The Dice
  4. Heading For Home
  5. Saturday Night
  6. My Perfect Lover
  7. All My Life
  8. Fool For Your Love
  9. I’m Angry With You
  10. Just One More Chance
  11. The Girl Won’t Dance With Me


Here Comes Trouble

  1. Jealous
  2. There You Go Again
  3. Five Years
  4. Writing On The Wall
  5. Literary Love
  6. Take The Money
  7. Don't Stand In My Way
  8. Only Dreaming
  9. Mind Your Own Business
  10. Zero
  11. You Are My Life
  12. I'm A Consumer
  13. I'm Sorry
  14. Don't Let Go
  15. Stupid World



  1. It's Inevitable
  2. Tempted
  3. Spend My Life With You
  4. Never Too Late
  5. Playing To Win
  6. The Heartaches Begin
  7. You're Everything I Need
  8. This Time
  9. Can't Wait 'Til Tomorrow

In Pursuit Of Romance

  1. The Kings Of The World
  2. Swimming In A Secret Sea
  3. One More Day
  4. Missing A Heartbeat
  5. Take It Or Leave It
  6. In Pursuit Of Romance
  7. Don't Stand In My Way
  8. Everything's Safer Than Love
  9. Hang On To Your Dreams
  10. There You Go Again


1. She Loves To Be In Love
2. Turning To You
3. Killer Cut
4. Fight Dirty
5. Watching TV
6. Good Morning America
7. Johnny Hold Back
8. My Perfect Lover
9. There You Go Again
10. Five Years
11. Kings Of The World
12. Fantasy Girls
13. Please Let Me Know
14. L.A. Dreamer
15. In Pursuit Of Romance
16. Fool For Your Love
17. Never Too Late
18. It’s Inevitable