Roman Holliday is a British band that started in 1980, whose style of music was a mixture of swing and pop. They are best known in the UK for their hit single “Don’t Try To Stop It”, which reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1983, a follow-up, “Motormania,” peaked at number 40, and in the United States, the group achieved exposure through MTV, which aired their “Stand By” video. The single went to number one on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart in November 1983.
This is the first time that Cookin’ On The Roof has been on CD in the UK (it was only previously issued in Japan). It’s remastered from the original tapes with six bonus tracks. Original members of ROMAN HOLLIDAY are helping out with this long-overdue reissue, contributing rare photos and pictures for the booklet as well as being involved with the sleeve-notes.
Highlighted by the warm voice of charismatic lead singer Steve Lambert, the group created a killer debut, fueled by the singles “Don’t Try To Stop It,” “Motormania,” and “Stand By.” Don’t think that these are the only good tracks on the album, the rest of the disc is remarkably consistent, including the ballad “Serious Situation” and the delightful “Midnight Bus.” This stuff predated the swing revival by years, but is more energetic and original than almost anything to come out of that scene. The good part is that you can hear that even though this was the ’80s, the time of contrived and put together bands, these guys had heart and soul, plus a true love for what they were doing. The album sounds great with the new remastered sound and includes a ton of bonus tracks such as; “Don’t Try To Stop It (Acapella),” “Round And Round,” “Motor Mania (Acapella),” “Beat My Time,” “Don’t Try To Stop It (Extended Club Mix),” and “Motor Mania (Extended Club Mix).