The Flying Pickets are a British a cappella vocal group, formed in 1982 in Manchester, they are best known for their Christmas hit ‘Only You’, a cover, originally performed by Yazoo.
My dad introduced me to this band, and I listened to a selection of tracks from various albums of theirs, as well as their greatest hits album Best of the Flying Pickets (1988). I do like a cappella groups, and I thought this group were better than a lot of the groups that I had heard before. Although they are a lot like other a cappella groups, I just believe their ability to harmonise, as well as the overall sound of the group, makes them better than earlier a cappella groups that I have heard. A lot of their songs are covers, with some original pieces mixed in.
I like the mix of covers with originals, this is because I really like a cappella covers of songs, and the original songs included make the line-up of the album much better, because it also shows that they have the ability to write their own songs.
After listening to The Flying Pickets, I began to look at other examples of a cappella groups, and I found Van Canto, a German a cappella band who cover metal songs. Although I had heard of them before, this reminded me of them and so I began to listen to them.
Overall, I really enjoyed listening to The Flying Pickets, and it has made me look more into a cappella groups, including some more well-known groups, and some indie covers on YouTube.