80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ The Mood

the-moodThe Mood was a British band from York that performed together from 1981 to 1984. It consisted of members John Moore, Mark James, and Eric James (no relation).


In 1981, they released a single on a local small independent label (Romantic Records), titled “Is There A Reason.” At that time, they were a five-piece band including Steve Carter and John Dalby. After Carter and Dalby left the band, the three remaining members of The Mood signed to RCA and released a new re-produced mix of “Is There A Reason.” A second single was released called “Don’t Stop.” Neither track reached the UK top 40 charts; however, a third single, “Paris is One Day Away,” came close at # 42. Two more singles followed: “Passion In Dark Rooms” with “The Munich Thing” on the b-side. The Mood’s final single was “I Don’t Need Your Love Now” followed by the band’s split-up in 1984.


John Moore reformed The Mood briefly in 1992 with Paul Atkinson (bass) and Steve Bradley (drums). They appeared regularly in northern England before changing their name to Wild and subsequently splitting up in late 1993.


All of The Mood singles were re-released on a 19 track CD album by Cherry Red Records (licensed from Sony/BMG) in July 2008 titled “The Singles Collection.” It includes all the singles and b-sides, plus additional tracks from their US album.  Purchase The Mood: http://www.amazon.com/Singles-Collection-MOOD-Not-Mood/dp/B001APRXJU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1238288668&sr=1-1


The Mood have a website at http://www.themood.info/TheMood/Welcome.html which has some rare pictures of the band from the early 80’s, along with other information about the collections release.


 “Paris Is One Day Away” via YouTube user inmotion68:



 “Passion In Dark Rooms” via YouTube user sugarstarmusic:


 “Don’t Stop” via YouTube user sugarstarmusic:



7 thoughts on “80’s Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/ Bands ~ The Mood

  1. Another gem of a find MissP! Nothing like quality 80s-brand synth-pop to put a smile on my face 🙂 There’s an Aussie band called Pseudo Echo who were very similar in sound. Their vocalist Brian Canham sounds a dead ringer for John Moore. I’ll try to organise a post about them sometime in the next couple of weeks.


  2. ((((Ed))))

    It’s all because you played them last week! Thanks for the inspiration.

    All the best and lots of luck this week,


  3. Heya ((((A.FOS)))))

    Thank you for the kind words. I have the LP “Autumnal Park” by Pseudo Echo and look forward to seeing your post! Great synth sounds, indeed. 🙂



  4. I loved this band.
    Their singles should have been massive hits.
    I will certainly buy the Singles Collection new CD.
    Well done to Cherry Red records for releasing this gem!



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