Waterfront (band)

Origin Cardiff, Wales
Genres Pop[1]
Years active 1987–1991
Labels Polydor Records, Chordamundo Records
Members Chris Duffy
Phil Cilia

Waterfront are a 1980s Welsh pop duo, comprising Phil Cilia (full name Philip Laurence Cilia) and Chris Duffy (full name Christopher James Duffy), who emerged from the ashes of local Cardiff band The Official Secrets.


In 1987, Waterfront were signed directly to EMI/SBK Productions by Charles Koppelman and Marty Bandier. The band went on to achieve chart success on both sides of the Atlantic. Waterfront was signed directly to Polydor via David Munns, the now ex-Vice Chairman & CEO of EMI Records.

The band were signed to Polydor Records, and were best known for their 1989 UK No. 17 hit single (and U.S. No. 10 hit), Billboard AC number 1 - "Cry". Waterfront followed up "Cry" in the U.S. with another single, "Nature Of Love", which hit No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

They released their debut album, Waterfront, in 1989 with eventual sales reaching in excess of 600,000 worldwide. They are the first Welsh duo to achieve top 10 single status in the US and were named BMI Songwriters of the Year in 1990. "Cry" was awarded as one of the 'most played singles on US radio' at the BMI 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Los Angeles, with the song now approaching one million plays on radio, resulting in membership to BMI's Million-Air Club.

In 1992, Chris Duffy released a solo album and single, also on Polydor Records, both entitled "All The Time In The World". The album contained three tracks co-written with Phil Cilia.

In May 2000, Duffy and Cilia reunited as Waterfront at the Kashmir Klub/BMI Showcase in London, England, a concert that was broadcast on the Internet. The group performed tracks like "Valentine's Day", "Cowboy Dreaming" and "Kingdom Comes".[1]

In 2007, the reunited Waterfront secured single of the week for a two-week period on the O2/Napster mobile download portal, with a new acoustic alternative country track, "Valentine's Day".

In 2009, the band recorded songs for a new album, samples of which were available on their Myspace page. According to this, "The new material takes Waterfront in a completely new adult contemporary direction - allowing Phil and Chris to draw on their alternative country influences (Ryan Adams, Keith Urban, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Counting Crows and the Wallflowers)".[3]

A new 11-track album entitled Ghosts Of The Good was released by Chordamundo Records in November 2011 and features collaborations from several contributing musicians, such as Jamie Crompton (ex-Suzi Quatro band lead guitarist). There are ten new songs and a bonus 'country makeover' version of their 1987 hit single "Cry". The album was released as a digital download and on CD, with the CD version being available exclusively via Tesco Entertainment.[4]



Details relate to the UK releases.


Year Album Chart positions Track listing
1989 Waterfront [10]
  • 1989 (UK)
  • 837 970-2 (CD)
  • 837 970-1 (LP)
  • 837 970-4 (MC)
  • 1989 (US)
45[11] -
  1. "Tightrope"
  2. "Cry"
  3. "Platinum Halo"
  4. "Nature of Love"
  5. "Move On"
  6. "Dancing with Strangers"
  7. "Set You Free"
  8. "Broken Arrow"
  9. "Soul Survivor"
  10. "Waterfront"
  11. "Saved"
Year Album Chart positions Track listing
2011 Ghosts Of The Good
  • 2011 (UK)
  • CMRCD001 (CD)
- -
  1. "Valentines Day"
  2. "Fallen Angel"
  3. "Sweet Johnny"
  4. "All Things Must Pass"
  5. "Long Time Running"
  6. "Ghosts of the Good"
  7. "Jimmy River's Song"
  8. "Another Page"
  9. "Wounded Man"
  10. "Hello Goodbye Again"
  11. "Cry (Country Makeover)"



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  2. "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100" (in Dutch). Billboard.com. 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  3. Un (2008-09-21). "Waterfront | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  4. Buy Ghosts Of The Good from our All Music range - Tesco.com
  5. "Waterfront (2) - Cry at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  6. "Waterfront (2) - Nature Of Love at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  7. "Waterfront (2) - Broken Arrow at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  8. "Waterfront (2) - Move On at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  9. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 593. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  10. "Waterfront (2) - Waterfront at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  11. WATERFRONT | Artist | Official Charts
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