Paul's Number One smash 19 hit the top slot in 1985 and pretty much turned the music charts on its head at the time. Inspired by the documentary Vietnam Requiem, the song with its stuttering sample n-n-n-n nineteen wasn't taken seriously by record executives in the beginning.
“When I took it to Chrysalis Records, they didn’t like it saying ‘you’re joking, right?’” recalls Paul, “Simon Fuller, on the other hand, was the only one who said ‘I like it’, so he left Chrysalis and became my manager. Within six weeks it was number one in 13 different countries.”
You can read my interview with Paul Hardcastle here: Paul Hardcastle goes back to the 80s with new hit compilation.