Tooting 80's band City Giants are big in Japan

City Giants outside Tooting Broadway Station

Paul Davies today

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An 80's indie-pop band are back in the recording studio after discovering the have a huge fan-base across the world in Japan.

City Giants, all formerly of Tooting, were oblivious of their popularity in the Far East, where copies of their single 'Little Next to Nothing' will sell at £700 a copy.

Paul Davies, 48, of Mitcham Road, Tooting, and lead singer Andrew Matheou, of Clapham, have recently met up again to make new music.

Retrospective album Provenance will be released later this month, while Mr Davies is releasing a collaboration album titled For Posterity.

The proceeds for In Posterity are being donated to Mercy in Action to help support victims of the Philippines typhoon.

Only Next to Nothing was the only single recorded by the band, which was originally sold for £1.50 a copy.

Mr Davies tried to bring the price down by selling 150 copies he still owned for cheap on Ebay, but copies are still selling for £85.

The guitarist moved to London from North Wales in 1986 and met Mr Matheou, bass player Mike O' Sullivan and drums musician Mike Stylinanides in Tooting.

He said the band soared in popularity after the lead singer of Sloppy Joe, a big indie pop band in Japan, said they were fans.

City Giants played stints at The Wheatsheaf, in Upper Tooting Road, as well as gigs at Timebox, in Camberwell.

Mr Davies, who works in property, said: "There is a big thing about 80s indie pop in Japan. They are the best music fans in the world.

"When they love an artist and a band they are very enthusiastic about it.

"It has been going on for 10 years. I have been in Japan a few times and had no idea what was going on."

Copies of the album are being sold at Rough Trade, in Talbot Road, Notting Hill and can also be purchased online.

Visit citygiants.co.uk for more information.

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