It shows you how far and fast new wave traveled: five years earlier, Chris Sullivan might have been screaming lyrics in a punk band; in 1980, he could have been skanking in front of some neo-ska bunch. But in 1982, he was singing in a quasi-salsa/cool-jazz group wanting, in his words, to bring back show biz.
Using a number of big name producers (Langer and Winstanley, Godley and Creme, Mike Chapman), the multi-ethnic London-based ten-piece turns in solid performances on Chewing the Fat. But why bother settling for imitations when you can get the originals? (Sullivan did paint an attractive neo-Cubist album cover, though.)