Ep 25: The Road To A Dream with Carol Decker from T’Pau

Comedian Gearoid Farrelly travels to Henley on Thames to meet T’pau front-woman and 80s rock queen Carol Decker. They talk about her glory days with mega hits like “China In Your Hands and the journey to and from massive success. The conversation veers into everything from fridges to “The Killing”. Carol is extremely funny. She has a great personality and as you will hear is fantastic company.

In the 80s Carol Decker and her former partner Ronnie Rogers shared a damp flat in which they wrote songs chasing their dream of superstardom which remained elusive for six years. They endured the heartache of publishing deals falling through but always believed in their songs.

When success came it was worth the wait and their band T’Pau (named after a Star Trek character became huge all over the world) with hits like “Heart and Soul”, “China in your Hand”, “Valentine”, “Whenever You Need Me” and “Secret Garden”. She talks about the difficulty of being the one to call the shots and the struggle the band had to work together on their third album.

When it all ended Carol mourned her fame for a long time. She then met a new manager, a new man and embraced her past. She is now the mother of two teenagers and has forged a solo career both touring with her band and playing to 40,000 people in a weekend at 80s festivals. She reunited with Ronnie for a 25th anniversary T’pau tour and they made another critically acclaimed T’pau album “Pleasure and Pain”.

Carol tours regularly and has released her autobiography “Heart & Soul” which captures Carol’s deadpan sense of humour. To promote her book she toured a very successful storytelling and acoustic show.

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Follow Carol: @caroldecker
Follow Gearoid: @gearoidfarrelly

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