Single number six What Kind of Girl (1984) was recorded at Unique in Manhattan, the birthplace of hip hop in the 80s, home of the electro/hip-hop hit-makers Arthur Baker and John Robie. It was produced by New Yorker Steve Thompson. The track became a firm live favourite and received heavy play on Long Island's WLIR/WDRE and college radio. US tours were now becoming more extensive and audiences reached sell out proportions with the Ritz in Manhattan being a regular headlining spot. In this year Nick Jones chose to pursue a different path and a direct replacement was found in Aberdeen clubland icon Mike Craighead. The single reached number 13 in the Billboard National Dancefloor Charts, with respectable company in the form of Prince, David Bowie, Diana Ross and Chaka Khan. A remarkable acheivement for a band unsigned by a major label.
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