Led by Ian Page and Dave Cairns, SECRET AFFAIR, one of the most creative mod'79 group, emerged out of the lightweight UK new wave band NEW HEARTS who folded in 1978. New Hearts released two singles. The Secret Affair line-up was completed by Dennis Bennett(ex-Advertising). Bennett was quickly replaced by Seb Shelton(ex-Young Bucks). They debuted supporting the JAM (as the New Hearts had once done), but made their name at the Bridge House Tavern in Canning Town, London, centre of the mod revival.

They appeared on the "Mods Mayday" live compilation but then set up their own I-SPY label through Arista Records. Subsequently they toured with Purple Hearts and Back To Zero under the banner "March Of The mods". Their first single, "Time for action", was an immediate sucess for both band and label, featuring Chris Gent (of the Autographs) on saxophone. They also signed Squire to the I-Spy label. Further singles in differing styles charted and the debut album was well received, particulary the epic title track which referred to their fan following. However, Shelton left late in 1980 to join the Up-Set, then Dexys Midnight Runners, and was replaced by Paul Bultitude. After two singles from the final Secret Affair album failed commercialy, they disbanded.

Dave Cairns went on to form the duo Flag, with Archie Brown, his former colleague from the Young Bucks. He subsequently formed another band called Walk On Fire with Dennis Smith. Page, who now writes fantasy books, formed Ian Page and bop whose single "Unity street" created some interest. Bultitude joined Mari Wilson's Wilsations and later founded the Dance Network label. Smith threw in his lot with Nik Kershaw's Krew, and Seb Shelton went on to manage, among others, the Woodentops.....

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