1987) Black’s first release was “Human Features” on Rox Records in 1981.
Black Wonderful Life (tekst)

Here I go out to see again
the sunshine fills my hair
and dreams hang in the air
Gulls in the sky and in my blue eyes
you know it feels unfair
there’s magic everywhere

Look at me standing
here on my own again
up straight in the sunshine

No need to run and hide
it’s a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh and cry
it’s a wonderful, wonderful life

Sun in your eyes
the heat is in your hair
they seem to hate you
because you’re there
and I need a friend
Oh, I need a friend
to make me happy
not stand here on my own

Look at me standing

here on my own again
up straight in the sunshine

No need to run and hide
it’s a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh and cry
it’s a wonderful, wonderful life

I need a friend
oh, I need friend
to make me happy
not so alone…….
Look at me here
here on my own again
up straight in the sunshine

No need to run and hide
it’s a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh and cry
it’s a wonderful, wonderful life

No need to run and hide
it’s a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to run and hide
it’s a wonderful, wonderful life
wonderful life, wonderful life

This was followed by another independent release in 1982 “More Than The Sun” (Wonderful World Of Records), after which Black was signed by WEA Records.
The first release for WEA was “Hey Presto” (1984), which got them noticed outside the UK: the video for this track featured on the satellite music channel Music Box, and the single was released in Australia. The second WEA single was a re-recording of “More Than The Sun”. After this, Black was dropped from the record label.
1985 was a gloomy year for Vearncombe, causing him to write the ironically entitled minor key song “Wonderful Life”. Released independently at first, this track got Black noticed by A&M Records. They signed them and their career took off. At first, the singles “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Sweetest Smile” were moderately successful in the UK alone, but the third single, a re-release of “Wonderful Life”, was a massive hit worldwide. The album of the same name, released in 1987, had similar success, reaping commercial and critical acclaim.
Black then went on to sell over two million records worldwide with Comedy 1988 and Black 1991. In the meantime, Vearncombe’s personal life took a turn for the better when he married Swedish singer Camilla Griehsel, formerly from the band One 2 Many. Disillusioned with having to deal with a big record company, Black’s remaining member Vearncombe founded the independent label Nero Schwarz, and released one album Are We Having Fun Yet? (1993).
After a prolonged hiatus, Vearncombe returned in 1999 to release a string of critically acclaimed recordings under his own name.
Returning to the band format and name in 2005, a new recording, entitled Between Two Churches was released in November.