One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1988 – When in Rome

“The Promise” by When in Rome

When in Rome was a British trio consisting of vocalists Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann, and keyboards player Michael Floreale. They were signed by Virgin UK subsidiary 10 Records. They released the single, “The Promise”, which went on to become a big hit, peaking at #11 on December 10, 1988. The record company ordered an album, which would be When in Rome’s self-titled debut. “The Promise” was included on the album. They did not have any more success.

When in Rome broke up in 1990. Mike Floreale moved to the United States, and now lives in Dallas, Texas, where he composes music for television and film. Interest in When in Rome was renewed when “The Promise” was featured in the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite. In 2006 Floreale reformed When in Rome, but without Farrington and Mann. However, Farrington and Mann reformed in 2009, under the name When in Rome UK.

But let’s Return back to 1988 with the original trio, and check out “The Promise”:

As a side note, here is an interview with the band on the Kickin’ It Old School page.

4 thoughts on “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1988 – When in Rome”

  1. I hear this one on the radio quite a bit, but they don’t always say who sings the songs anymore. I could never remember the name of this group…maybe this will help.


    1. I hadn’t heard it in a while. I really like it alot. I never so Napolean Dynamite, but from watching the clip with this song, it seems like it fit in well. I might have to check out the movie now!


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