Can an '80s group find success by lip synching? If they live on 'Fantasy Island'
Yesterday, we learned about Tight Fit and the lip synching on The Lion Sleeps Tonight. After its success, could the pretty faces of Tight Fit keep up their lip-synching secret? Not even Mr. Rourke and Tattoo could have envisioned a fantasy of what would happen on Tight Fight's follow-up record.
Hired for their looks, Tight Fit and Steve Grant's mission was to convince record producer Tim Friese-Greene that he and his sidekicks Denise Gyngell and Julie Harris could actually sing and pull off the vocals for the next Tight Fit album. Friese-Greene was convinced and in 1982, the same year that The Lion Sleeps Tonight was a hit, they recorded and released the single Fantasy Island. The single was another hit charting at No. 5 on the U.K. charts with a sound that you will swear sounds exactly like Abba of all people.
The video for Fantasy Island is exotic in a similar vein of the Duran Duran's outdoor videos around the same time as Tight Fit tries to prove they aren't just a bunch of pretty faces, but can sing too. The lifespan of Tight Fit was short as bad contracts left the members of Tight Fight deprived of any royalties from the songs they sang on prompting Harris & Gyngell to quit. Grant went on to have success on the British stage.
In another surprise, the three members of Tight Fit have reunited and 34 years after the release of their only album, they have released Together, a new album that has four of their biggest hits including Fantasy Island and their version of The Lion Sleeps Tonight as well as covers of '80s tunes like Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship) and Never Ending Story (Limhal).