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Animal Nightlife

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Years active  1980–1988
Origin  United Kingdom (1980)
Albums  Lush life, Shangri La
Active until  1988
Record label  Island Records
Genres  Pop music, Jazz
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Labels  Innervision, Island Records
Past members  Andy Polaris (vocalist) Leonardo Chignoli (bassist) Steve Brown (guitarist) Billy Chapman (saxophonist) Paul Waller (drummer)
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Animal Nightlife was a British group in the 1980s. It consisted of Andy Polaris on vocals, Leonardo Chignoli on bass, Steve Brown on guitar, Billy Chapman on saxophone and Paul Waller on drums.


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Founded in 1980 in the London night club scene, their sound has been described as white funk or cool jazz - a 1980s dance sound that is rooted in blues, soul, R&B and jazz. Their debut single, "Native Boy", came out on the Innervision label and entered the UK Singles Chart at Number 60 in 1983. In August 1984 they reached Number 25 with "Mr. Solitaire", their most successful release. They hit the chart again in July 1985 with "Love is the Great Pretender", which reached Number 28.

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Their first album, Shangri-La, was released on Island Records a month later in August 1985. The band ended its recording career in 1988 after the release of their second album, Lush Life, on Virgin subsidiary Soul II Soul. In November 2016 Shangri-la was re-issued in a deluxe two-CD edition by Cherry Red.

Frontman Andy Polaris has recently resurfaced creating fashionable window displays in Dalston's Oxfam shop.


  • 1985: Shangri-La

  • Animal Nightlife Animal Nightlife Discography at Discogs
    1. "Native Boy"
    2. "Waiting for the Bait to Bite"
    3. "Perfect Match"
    4. "Love is Just the Great Pretender '85"
    5. "Insomniazz"
    6. "Lazy Afternoon"
    7. "Between Lovers"
    8. "After Hours"
    9. "Basic Ingredients"
    10. "Throw in the Towel"
    11. "Bittersweet"
    12. "Mr Solitaire"

    Shangri-la was released on Island Records (ILPS 9830). It entered the UK Albums Chart on 24 August 1985, and remained in the chart for six weeks, reaching number 36.

  • 1988: Lush Life
    1. "Why Couldn't Your Black Heart Tell a White Lie"
    2. "Always Your Humble Slave"
    3. "TV Scene"
    4. "Sweet Smell of Success"
    5. "Boys With the Best Intentions"
    6. "Luck"
    7. "The War I Lost"
    8. "Mouth"
    9. "Last Hotel of the World"
    10. "Breakaway"


    Animal Nightlife had four singles in the UK Singles Chart during the 1980s.

    Band members

  • Andy Polaris: vocals (1980–1988)
  • Sally Gissing: vocals (1980–1981)
  • Lynn Harding: vocals (1980–1981)
  • Leah Seresin: vocals (1981–1983)
  • Chrysta Jones: vocals (1981–1983)
  • Billy Chapman: saxophone (1980–1988)
  • Declan John Barclay: trumpet (1980–1983)
  • Steve Brown: guitar (1980–1988)
  • Steve Shanley: bass (1980–1983)
  • Leonardo Chignoli: bass (1984–1988)
  • Michael 'Mac' McDermott: percussion (1980–1983)
  • Dee C. Lee: Vocals (Occasional)
  • Marc 'Yellowcoat' Kingman: Backing Vocals (Occasional)
  • Paul Waller: drums (1980–1986)
  • Songs

    Mr SolitaireShangri La · 1985
    Love Is Just the Great Pretender1994
    Native BoyShangri La · 1985


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