Face To Face were the pretty boys of the mid 80’s South African music scene. They had the Duran Duran type looks and could craft a good pop tune. At the time some touted them as the new Rabbitt. But their longevity matched neither Duran Duran nor Rabbitt as they lasted just 18 months, but in that time they garned a good following in the country, mostly based on the strength of ‘Here We Are’, their first single.
This plaintive love song managed to get to number 22 on the SA Top 30, spending 9 weeks in the charts. It would also top the Capital Radio and Radio 702 charts as well as getting to 13 on the Radio 5 charts. And it’s not too hard to see why it was the success it was. This was a pre-cursor to the boy band sound that would find greater success in the 90s and beyond, but unlike the boy bands to come, these guys could also play instruments. They could do the harmonies as well as the guitars so guys and girls took to them.
‘Here We Are’ is a cross between a boy band song and a rock ballad with soulful vocals, orchestral sounding music and a bit of a workout for the guitar in the middle. Their second single, ‘Night Of The Long Knives’ would show their rockier side, but ‘Here We Are’ was not a bad start to their career. Unfortunately for them, this career never really took off so we all we have is a couple of singles and an album to remember them by. I guess we now have to say ‘There They Were’, but when they were here, they certainly made their mark with one of the local hits of the 80s.
Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 2 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40486 (CD)