Based out of Detroit, Figures on a Beach made their first mark on the new wave with their independent debut EP Swimming, which became a Detroit favorite and underground radio staple. It quickly caught the attention of dance mix master Ivan Ivan (responsible for discovering synthpop sweethearts Book of Love and scoring a club hit with "The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight"), who helped them in advancing their sound as well as getting signed to Sire Records along side the likes of Depeche Mode and Erasure.
Figures on a Beach are most notable for their track "No Stars" from their debut album Standing on Ceremony (also their debut record on Sire) in 1987. With vocals that slightly resemble Bryan Ferry and Bunnymen-esque guitars, Figures on a Beach had their five minutes with this track before becoming a victim to 90's grunge (ick!) and calling it a day in 1991.
Standing on Ceremony was recently released in CD format, making Figures on a Beach's material available for the first time digitally.