When the Two Tone of the Specials faded, up popped King and their multitoned Doc Marten boots. King hit the spot, and impressed with their 80’s style, clever lyrics and anthemic songs. Paul King always dedicated the song (and eventual single) Torture to Barbara Dixon and Elaine Page who would hold the top spot that January effectively robbing King of a number one hit.
“King came into official being around 1982” reveals Paul King, “playing the Gen- eral Wolfe, Dog & Trumpet, the Hope & Anchor & the Belgrade studio theatre as we crafted our sound & style. Locally the one Coventry show that will always top my list had to be the bands Apollo gig in March 1985. The first rock show I had ever been to was David Bowie’s performance at the theatre in 1973 in full Ziggy mode. Without wishing to sound clichéd it really did ‘change my life’ and so Kings show at the height of our chart activity was a full circle in life terms and one I will always remember with affection”.