Band gets first record deal 30 years after splitting up

A London band who gave up on their dreams 30 years ago has finally been signed after one of their songs was spotted by a record executive.

Daniel Takes A Train had thought their hopes of stardom were up in 1988 after failing to get signed despite four years of gigging in London.

They even gatecrashed the 1987 Brit Awards and played football with Spandau Ballet, but never managed to make it beyond that.

After splitting up, the band’s lead singer, Paul Baker, started a career in recruitment and the group left its popstar dreams behind.


Daniel Takes A Train gave up on their dreams when they split up in 1988

They later uploaded a video of one of their old songs to social media to share with friends and family.

But it was not just their friends who saw the video.

Berlin-based record label Firestation Records spotted it in March and liked what they saw, finally signing the band after three decades.

Baker, 58, told the Evening Standard: “We literally had these tracks that had been gathering dust in our bedrooms and lofts so we set this Facebook page up about a year-and-a-half ago.

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