Blimey, this thread has come on loads!
Someone mentioned Jay needing them as she didn't have a solo career. I was about 6 at the time so am a little unclear but am I right in thinking a ban was put on her to stop her recording music for a certain period of time after she left Fizz originally? I have no doubt if she could have launched a solo career in say 85 she would have been fairly successful even if only in the UK. Now of course yes she needs them as much as they do her.
As for someone els saying they hope the band don't read this - they need to read it! They are pleasing 20-30 people per show and alienating everyone else. Those die hards would turn up to anything they did because they are quite frankly potty so they need not worry to cater for them.
Yes, as I understood it (being 15 at the time) although Jay ended up winning all her court cases, it took until 1989 to conclude this and she was unable to sign a new record deal during this time. There were many deals on the table in Summer '85, but by '89, they'd long gone as both she and Bucks Fizz were forgotten.
I firmly believe that Jay could have had a successful solo career in the UK. However, I think it's clear that she wasn't prepared to do the things that would make that necessary. Jay felt exploited and micro managed by Big Note, quite rightly so. That said, it allowed her to sell millions of records as part of Bucks Fizz. Jay's own music would not have been commercial enough to find UK success. The only way she would have had hits would be if she'd signed up to a major label, who would have put her with a big name producer, to make a pure pop album. I don't believe Jay wanted this as she was determined to do her own thing. Does she regret this? Probably yes, most of us regret career choices we made in our twenties, it's only human.
In '85, the rising stars in production were Stock Aitken Waterman. When you think they propelled Hazell Dean into the top five in summer '84, imagine what they could have done with Jay. She had far more style, charisma and profile than Hazell ever did. Other successful pop producers at the time included Derek Bramble and Alan Tarney who both could have produced a great single for Jay. As with all alternate history, it's fun to speculate, but we'll never know how things could have panned out.