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Jules Shear

Jules Shear is an American singer and songwriter born in Pittsburgh in 1952. Although he has had only one minor hit as a performer ("Steady", which reached number 56 on the US charts in 1985), he has recorded 11 solo albums between 1983 and 2005. He also led the critically-acclaimed but commercially-unsuccessful pop group, Jules and the Polar Bears, who recorded Got No Breeding in 1978 and Fanetiks in 1979. (Its title is the phonetic spelling of "phonetic". The lyric sheet and all credits were printed phonetically. This album was not released on CD until 2006, under the title Fanetiks/Phonetics.) A third album, Bad For Business, was rejected by the label, Columbia, and the band broke up. That album was released on CD in 1995.

His songs have been more commercially successful in the hands of other artists, notably Cyndi Lauper, whose recording of "All Through the Night" reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, and The Bangles, whose recording of "If She Knew What She Wants" reached number 29 in 1986.

Singer/songwriter Iain Matthews recorded an album of Shear's ma...

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