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Jay Aston - Founding Member of Bucks Fizz

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On this episode of Vinyl Vibes, Jack is joined by Jay Aston, founding member of Bucks Fizz. Jay was born into a theatrical and talented family, solidifying her skills in music and dance at an early age. In 1981, Jay auditioned to be part of a group called Buck Fizz, a group put together to perform at the year's upcoming Eurovision. She got the gig and the band would win the 1981 Eurovision contest with their song "Making Your Mind Up". As a single, it would be a worldwide smash hit, reaching number one in the UK and number six in Australia. Determined to not allow the group to be one-hit wonders, producer Andy Hill would go on to write "The Land of Make Believe" and "My Camera Never Lies" bringing the group two succeeding number one hits in a row. The group would come to an end 1984 after a near fatal bus crash involving the band. 

Jay remained in music, and since 2009 has been performing with The Fizz, a spin-off of the original group Bucks Fizz. The Fizz have released five albums with the most recent being Everything Under the Sun in 2022.

Jack discuses with Jay Aston her early beginnings, growing up in a talented family, her early music work, how she came to auditioned for Bucks Fizz, her memory of winning the 1981 Eurovision, the recording of "Making Your Mind Up", the continued success the group had during '82 and '83, the production work of Andy Hill, the album tracks of the band, her memories of playing on Top of The Pops, the band's the near fatal  bus crash, Jay's work post Bucks Fizz, and her work today with The Fizz.

"Cheryl and I could not agree on the skirt length and she went, "oh alright then, we'll come on with the long skirts and you can have the mini-skirts" - I thought that would get us more points - "and we'll rip them off in the middle" and I went yeah! That's a great idea!"  - Jay Aston on this episode of Vinyl Vibes talking about the iconic skirt rip in Buck Fizz's 1981 Eurovision performance

Episode Hosted and Produced by Jack Hodgins 

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