the mobiles story
Many people who bought "Drowning In Berlin" kinda thought that the Mobiles was a bit of a constructed synth-pop band that came out of nowhere. In fact, they had been touring the south east of England since 1980, building up a following of over a thousand fans who were members of The Deckchair Club. The Mobiles slogan was "Don't Die In Your Deckchair"! . . .
Anna Maria (vocals), Russ (guitar, songwriter) and Chris (guitar, songwriter) were the original members. Along with co-songwriter/manager Tony Norman, they auditioned in David (bass, songwriter), Eddie (drums) and finally Eddie's brother Jhon (keyboards, songwriter). This was the line-up that you see on TOTP. In the week "Drowning In Berlin" came out, in hometown Eastbourne it outsold the number one single at the time, "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie by three to one.
So who was Sydney anyway? He was actually the group's transport, an old converted ambulance that broke down at regular intervals. Where's Sydney was an ode to the crapness of the group's transport situation and was a live favourite, with a vibe very similar to Tiptoe In Paradise, another crowd fave that made it onto the album.