Brian & Michael ( Brian and Michael ) is an English duet known for the song Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs .
The duo "Brian and Michael" is known for only one hit. But his creation was one of the main events in British rock music in 1978. The composition of the group initially included Brian Burke and Michael Coleman. However, shortly before the song was released, Burke left the duet. And his place was taken by the producer and arranger Kevin Parrott. With which Coleman continued his further work, retaining the already-known name "Brian and Michael."
Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs
The song appeared on the chart on April 4, 1978 and immediately soared to the first line, where it remained for three whole weeks. Until she was forced to make room by Bigzee's “Night Fever” from the famous film “ Saturday Night Fever .” The Gibba brothers ( Bee Jeez group) then took three places in the top five of the chart with hits from their album for "Fever." This has not happened since the Beatles.
The song about "match people, cats and dogs" the authors dedicated to their fellow countryman - Manchester, an outstanding English artist Laurence Stephen Lauri (LS Lowry), who died two years before. L. S. Lauri was born in Manchester and lived and worked for thirty years in Salford (part of Greater Manchester). He is known for paintings depicting the industrial and urban life of Northern England. He inhabited his work with whole crowds of people (usually gray), called “matchstalk (matchstick) men”, that is, “match people”. All this, based on his recollections of Salford, and was told in his work by Brian Burke and Michael Coleman. To record the song, the authors invited the children's choir of St. Winifred’s school from the city of Stockport , which after this recording gained British reputation. Also popular was the performance of this song by another duet - “Foster and Allen”