The Timeline of Cock Robin

The Timeline of Cock Robin

Whether you have heard of Cock Robin, you may have bobbed your head along to their power hit “The Promise You Made.” A product of the 1980s music revolution, Cock Robin had an interesting history before it disbanded in 1990 and reformed in 2006. The most noteworthy thing about Cock Robin was they found great success in the 1980s and a revival in recent years, but never in the United States. They have only found popularity in Western Europe.

The Beginning of Cock Robin

The Cock Robin band, a quartet, was formed in San Francisco, California in 1985, quickly being signed by CBS Records. They took their name from the character Cock Robin who is featured in a couple of different British nursey rhymes, including “The Marriage of Cock Robin and Jenny Wren” and “Who Killed Cock Robin.”

51pmK01M17L._SX300_Unfortunately, Cock Robin was pretty well ignored by their home country, which had been dominated by British bands. Instead, Cock Robin became a hit in Europe pretty much overnight. The countries that had the most fans were Italy, France, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, and the Netherlands. This is most likely the reason that you have never heard of the band since they did have three big singles called “When Your Heart is Weak,” “The Promise You Made,” and “Thought You Were On My Side.” Actually “When Your Heart is Weak” did make it on the U.S. charts, but none of their other singles made it onto the U.S. charts.

The Second and Third Albums

In 1987, the original group of four was cut down to only two members: Peter Kinsbery and Anna 71zDBI9lkTL._SX425_LaCazio. They then released their second album called After Here Through Midland. They did get a few singles off of the second album, but only in Europe. The hits were “Just Around the Corner, “The Biggest Fool of All,” and “El Norte.” This album was produced by Don Gehman, who actually worked with John Mellencamp as well. But regardless, they still were not doing well in the States.

Two years later they released a third album that also did well in Europe, but did nothing in the United States. The record label was doing a terrible job of promoting the album, which did not help the group at all. After the album dropped, the group broke up.

Coming Back

Cock_Robin_-_I_Don't_Want_To_Save_The_WorldAfter being broken up for about 15 years, Cock Robin became a band again. They even released a new album called I Don’t Want to Save the World. It seems that the duo has added in Clive Wright, who was one of the original members of the quartet. So they went from quartet to duet to trio. And they are touring again. Surprisingly enough, their concerts have been selling out in France.

In 2009, they released a Live album from all of their recent concerts, which did well in Europe. The band is pretty unknown in the U.S. still. They came out with a fifth album in 2010 called Songs from a Bell Tower, which did well in France. They even did a French interview circuit.

What They Are Up To Now

The group toured for a few more years throughout Europe before Anna LaCazio, the female voice of the group, decided she was done with Europe and wanted to be in the States with her family. Which makes sense since they were all Americans who never succeeded in the States. They would essentially have to live in Europe in order to tour there and profit from their fame, which really doesn’t work if your family is all located on another continent. It is not an issue for Kingsbery because he moved to France. She was replaced with Coralie Vuillemin who is on the band’s newest album Chinese Driver, which came out on March 11, 2016.

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