The not-quite six degrees of Jude Cole and Kiefer Sutherland
Who is your favorite Lost Boy of '80s? Kiefer Sutherland comes to mind as head honcho vampire David in the 1987 flick, but music-wise, what about Jude Cole? Under the files of musicians we didn't think were '80s artists - but were - add Jude Cole to the list and also sit a spell while we weave the tale of the link between Kiefer and Jude.
Though he missed the singles charts in the '80s, Jude Cole caught our attention in 1990 with irresistible hits like Baby, It's Tonight and Time For Letting Go. At the tender age of 19 and from the rural Quad Cities area along the Illinois/Iowa border, Cole got his first taste in record business when he was brought in as a replacement singer for English power pop sensation The Records (the fantastic Starry Eyes) in 1980, but only lasted a year in The Records before pursuing a solo career. In 1987 he released his debut solo album with the lead single Like Lovers Do that went nowhere.
While not much happens in the video for Like Lovers Do, the song is an upbeat pleaser that is akin to Cole's 1992 driving Start The Car. After his next two albums failed to sell, Cole turned his attention to producing and has had some success with artists like Beth Orton and Lifehouse. His most interesting producing credit is on the just released Americana debut album by Kiefer Sutherland. Graveled-voiced Sutherland's lead single and earnest video for Not Enough Whiskey was just released last week and can be viewed here.