Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
UK art-school band: vocalist Sonja Kristina, violinist Darryl Way, Francis Monkman on keyboards and guitar, Florian Pilkington on drums (replaced mid-'70s by Stewart Copeland, later in Police). First album Air Conditioning '70 was top 10 UK; albums Curved Air '71 (aka The Second Album; incl. top 5 single "Back Street Luv'), Phantasmagoria '72 were top 20; they continued to tour and record but had no more chart success as art-school rock passed from fashion. Way made instrumental single "Little Plum' '82; Monkman became founder member of Sky with guitarist John Williams.