The arty progressive rock of Roxy Music slid right into a decidedly poppier path when former members Phil Manzanera (guitars, keyboards) and Andy MacKay (sax, oboe, keyboards) collaborated because the Explorers. After Roxy Music’s demise in 1983, MacKay shifted to Ireland, creating a fondness for traditional Irish music. Wanting a rest from the studio room, MacKay shaped the Explorers with Manzanera and vocalist Adam Wraith. The Explorers began recording a season later, debuting using the snappy synth-pop monitor “Lorelei” in June 1984. On “Lorelei,” Manzanera and MacKay peeled apart Roxy Music’s lush, dreamy preparations but maintained their first band’s funky grooves. The Explorers performed for BBC Radio One in Dec 1984, the group’s initial concert. In 1985, Virgin Information released the Explorers’ self-titled LP; the music group also toured the U.K. Nevertheless, the Explorers couldn’t sell information; the group started recording another record at Gallery Studios in Oct 1985, however the band’s insufficient success got it shelved. The Explorers split in 1986. In 1989, Manzanera’s Appearance Records released the Explorers’ second LP, Manzanera & MacKay; the record was acknowledged to Manzanera & MacKay aswell rather than the Explorers. Following the breakup from the Explorers, Manzanera and MacKay began solo careers.