First Good Time Super Group in Space


Hey Spring Break fans,

John Young here, beaming the latest news from your favourite 80s supergroup in to your world. I’ve asked and heard the reply in the affirmative: the guys hope this telemetric communication finds you well.

“We choose to put a supergroup in space in this decade not

because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” President Reagan’s stirring words in January 1981 set his nation one of its greatest challenges; they embraced the necessity of invention, decried the propensity for convention and acted as a launch pad for a few brave souls to boldly play where no supergroup had before. They were 45 words that would test Jan Van Couver and his trailblazing musical life partners beyond the infinite bounds of their imaginations.

But let’s come back down to earth for a minute. Though there was a respect for the audacity of the mission when, in late 1980,
intelligence reports surfaced disclosing Soviet plans to fire into space a Russian ‘супергруппа’ (supergroup) to ‘выполните выше чем
орел’ (perform higher than an eagle), the undertaking did appear to us at NASA to contain one hubristic oversight: before you try to harmonise in space, you must first learn to sing in space.

We were in unchartered territory; a dangerous zone that called for a hit-machine with the heart of a rock’n’roller. An exhaustive search to find such a man was conducted and returned one outstanding candidate. Some three years later, Project Footloose launched the popular recording artist Kenneth Clark “Kenny” Loggins in to orbit around the Earth for long enough to perform his Grammy award winning album High
in its entirety. Assignment completed, Loggins departed the programme to resume his career as a popular recording artist.

The ante would now be upped: Project H2O would see the crew double in size. Three years later, on December 26th, 1986, Daryl Franklin Hall and John William Oates blasted off on an expedition that would see them successfully doo-wop continuously in near-earth orbit for 17 hours. Though our worst fears regarding the capability of lustrous facial hair to withstand re-entry were confirmed, Daryl and John’s remarkable vocal zigzagging finally allayed our doubts about the effects of counterpoint harmonising in space. The way had been paved for belief to subsume President Reagan’s audacious dream.

A special craft, designed to sustain lengthy space jams was readied, and on April 4th, 1989 Project Wayfarer lifted-off, starting Spring Break out on a flight that would, from that day forth, make it difficult to say what is impossible by allowing us to see that the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

Now, on April 4th 2009, 20 years after that day the billboard chart stood still, Spring Break are to mark this special anniversary with a concert for all mankind in Dublin’s Tripod. Tickets for this show are EURO 24.50 and go on sale this Friday March 6th at 10am online at and in Sound Cellar of Nassau St.

I hope to see you there – I just know it’s gonna be out of this world.

Until then,

Keep the solar flares burnin’,

John & Spring Break