Paul Antony Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English rock and pop musician. Formerly the frontman of the short-lived bands Kat Kool & The Kool Cats, Streetband and Q-Tips, his following solo success turned him into a 1980s teenage pop idol.
The Q-Tips disbanded in 1982, and Young was signed by Columbia Records as a solo performer.
Young’s new backing band ‘The Royal Family’ included keyboardist Kewley, fretless bass player Pino Palladino, guitarist Steve Bolton, drummer Mike Pinder, and backing singers Maz Roberts and Kim Leslie AKA ‘The Fabulous Wealthy Tarts’. Helped by the driving sound of Pino Palladino’s fretless bass in his backing band, his first two singles, “Iron Out the Rough Spots” and a cover of “Love of the Common People”, had no success, but the third, a cover of the Marvin Gaye song “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)”, reached No. 1 in the UK singles chart for three weeks in the summer of 1983, the first of 14 British Top 40 singles.
He returned to the UK Top Ten with a version of Ann Peebles’ “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” from his second album, The Secret of Association, released in 1985, which secured his future success in the United States, Japan and Australia. The album went to No. 1 in the UK.
For the US market, “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down” was remixed by John Potoker but was not included on the deluxe 2CD re-release of The Secret Of Association in 2007.
I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (Ya Ya Mix) 6:15
The Man In The Iron Mask 3:08
Broken Man (Live) 4:23