Platinum Blonde is a New Wave group that was first active from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. The band originally consisted of Mark Holmes from Mansfield, England on vocals and bass, Sergio Galli on guitar and Chris Steffler on drums. Scottish musician Kenny MacLean later joined the group as the bassist. The name of the band was inspired by the 1931 Jean Harlow movie Platinum Blonde. They were known also for their stylish glam rock-like appearance.
The band re-united in 2010 and will be releasing a new album in 2012.
Platinum Blonde was inducted into the Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame on March 12, 2010.[
In 1983, Platinum Blonde signed to CBS (now Sony) Records and released a self-titled six-song EP, which made it to #39 on the album charts. It was quickly expanded into a full length album titled Standing in the Dark, which featured identical artwork to the EP.
The band’s popularity on the airwaves led to a triple platinum (300,000) album, featuring four hits including two Juno Award nominations: “Standing in the Dark” and “It Doesn’t Really Matter”. Their music videos were placed into high rotation on the newly created MuchMusic, a national music video network.
In 1985, the band released a second album called Alien Shores, featuring the addition of a fourth member, Kenny MacLean. “Alien Shores” went five times platinum. Hits from the second album included “Situation Critical”, “Crying Over You”, “Somebody Somewhere”, and “Hungry Eyes”.
In 1988 the band’s next album, Contact, was a hit, going triple platinum, but was significantly less successful than their previous record. The title track “Contact” as well as “Connect Me” and a cover of the Ohio Players sone “Fire” (with a guest vocal from Sugarfoot from the Ohio Players)
The entire group appeared as alien bikers in the 1988 episode “Eye for an Eye” of the television series War of the Worlds.
Bassist Kenny MacLean was found dead on November 24, 2008 in his recording studio. He had just released his third solo CD entitled Completely at Toronto’s Mod Club on Friday November 21, passing away that night after the show of heart failure.
Present and future plans
On December 6, 2010, an EP containing a cover of the song “Not in Love” was released by the electronic band Crystal Castles featuring the vocals of UK singer Robert Smith (The Cure) on the Fiction Records label .
Platinum Blonde are touring in 2012 to promote their latest material. Drummer Chris Steffler who has developed severe hearing tinnitus has surrendered his drum seat to his good friend and former drummer Dan Todd for the coast to coast 2012 tour dates.