Listen to band’s first new single for 37 years!

A band, which belatedly found success after being discovered by a New York record label in 2020, is set for its first new single in 37 years.

Cassie rehearsing in the 1980s.

Formed on the Isle of Wight in 1978, power-poppers Cassie split in 1985.

The original line-up consisted of guitarist Nigel Hayles, lead vocalist Debbie Barker (now Coles), bassist Eric Biggs and drummer Hugh Kim Lewis.

Recently the band has been collaborating with former Pumphouse Gang & The Choir guitarist, Phil Oswald, writing and recording two brand new songs in the UK and in Istanbul, Turkey.

The new single, Don’t Let the Music Stop, is due to be released digitally today (Wednesday).

The four-piece were initially managed by Wilf Pine, former manager of Black Sabbath, who arranged an original signing to AKA Records and their only single release, Change My Image, in 1982, which became instantly obscure on release before the band went their separate ways in 1985.

That seemed to be that.

Decades passed and, astonishingly, among a backdrop of bratty bubble-gum-power pop resurgence, New York’s Reminder Records stumbled upon Change My Image, contacting the band about the prospect of re-releasing the track to a wider audience.

It flew off shelves in England, Japan and the US.

Reminder Records were keen to release more of the band’s original material, but it was assumed it had all been destroyed in a fire at Hugh’s house.

Thankfully, Debbie delved into her attic and discovered music tapes from numerous recording studios in the early 1980s.

These long-lost tracks were subsequently released on Christmas Eve, 2020 as new chapters continue to be written for a band basking in the light of belated success.

Don’t Let the Music Stop is available to purchase at and across all streaming platforms.



Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

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