The Hand Cut album and four hit singles -- "Run for Your Life," "When We Were Young," "London Town," and "Rules of the Game" -- brought the band similar success in 1983. But slowly diminishing chart positions were beginning to show. The last two 45s peaked at numbers 34 and 57, respectively, while even a Christmas Greatest Hits album only reached number 25. Bucks Fizz appeared to be bouncing back, however, as summer 1984's "Talking in Your Sleep" at least marched into the Top 20. But two further underperformers, "Golden Days" and "I Hear Talk," saw the band's star decline once again, while a road accident shortly before Christmas left Nolan badly injured and necessitated the cancellation of the group's current tour. Worse was to come, as Jay Aston departed in 1985; he was replaced by Shelley Preston and Bucks Fizz continued scoring minor hits -- interspersed by the occasional major one (1986's "New Beginning" reached number eight) until 1988's "Heart of Stone" finally ended their chart career.
Since that time, Bucks Fizz have remained a going concern, although constant lineup changes have seen some 15 or so different singers pass through the ranks, including former Dollar frontman David Van Day. Of the founding members, Baker quit in 1993 and Nolan in 1986, leaving Bobby G alone to link the current incarnation to its past. Nolan and Van Day later formed their own version of the band, Bucks Fizz featuring Mike Nolan. They released several singles, and also re-recorded a number of old hits for various compilations. Nolan later left this band, but Van Day continued on as Bucks Fizz and, following several highly publicized legal tussles with Bobby G, now tours as David Van Day's Bucks Fizz Show. In 2004, the mid-'80s lineup of Baker, Nolan, Bobby G, and Preston re-formed for a handful of shows around the release of the band's The Ultimate Anthology collection; two years later, following the appearance of the Lost Masters rarities album, another reunion saw the four original members (plus Preston) reconvene to record a version of the Proclaimers' "500 Miles" for the Comic Relief charity. ~ Dave Thompson, Rovi