It’s with much sadness that we share the news that reached us today that Steven Young from Colourbox and M/A/R/R/S has passed away.Steven began his musical career in the group The Nobodyz, touring with the likes of the Psychedelic Furs. He and his brother, Martyn, formed Colourbox along with Ian Robbins and Debian Curry in 1982, releasing their first single Breakdown/Tarantula. The next year, Curry and Robins left and were replaced by vocalist Lorita Grahame who rerecorded the two songs for the band's debut EP Colourbox (1983 / #8 U.K.).
One of the label’s true pioneers, Steven leaves behind an incredible legacy and will forever be in our hearts. Our thoughts go to his brother Martyn, their family and his friends.
The band continued to refine their eclectic sound over the next two years leading up to the release of their first full length album, also titled Colourbox, which went to number 1 on the British charts on the strength of hit singles Say You (1984 / #7 U.K.), Punch (1984 / #15 U.K.) and The Moon is Blue (1985 / #3 U.K.).
Colourbox would not release another album but, in 1986, they put out two singles on the same day, both of which became hits. Baby I Love You So peaked at 4 in the U.K. and The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme went to 6.
In 1987, Colourbox joined up with the band A.R. Kane to form M/A/R/R/S. Each band recorded a song and then gave it to the other for additional input before being released. Kane's Antina had added drumming by Steven while Martyn's track Pump Up the Volume had the addition of guitar from Kane. Of the two, Pump Up the Volume became an international hit, going to number 1 in Britain, New Zealand and on the U.S. Dance Club chart, number 6 in Australia and 13 on the U.S. Hot 100.
Colourbox never recorded again after Pump Up the Volume after becoming involved in legal actions involving their use of various samples. While Martyn went on to do some producing, Steven only occasionally worked again in music, working on projects for This Mortal Coil, Moose and Kid Congo Powers.