"The Prisoner" - Howard Jones
from the album Cross That Line (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #30 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4
Today's song of the day comes from British synthpop artist Howard Jones, who had returned to the American top-40 in the summer of 1989 with his mid-tempo "Everlasting Love". The follow-up single was "The Prisoner", written by Jones and produced by himself with Chris Hughes, Ross Callum, and Ian Stanley, who all had worked before with Tears For Fears, which you could hear in the sonics of this single, which throws in some guitars and psychedelic effects...
"The Prisoner" became Howard's eighth top-40 pop hit in America in August of 1989. The record also climbed to #24 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart. Internationally, the song was a minor his in Canada (#49) and his native Britain (#98).
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..and here's Jones performing live in 2014...
Up tomorrow: Brotherly trio return for a singular comeback.