When in Rome are an English dance/new wave group, which originally consisted of vocalists Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann, and keyboardist Michael Floreale. They are best known for their 1988 single “The Promise”, which was their only Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Due to ongoing legal issues, there are currently two incarnations of the band.
Michael Floreale and Andy O’Connell were recruited by Clive Farrington to replace departed members of his Manchester-based group Beau Leisure.Floreale and Farrington began to write songs together. Later, Farrington and Floreale saw Andrew Mann, a beat poet, and had him join their performances. O’Connell left the group; the remaining trio recorded some demos ÔÇô sometimes including Mann’s friend Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister ÔÇô while seeking a recording deal.Farrington and Floreale came up with the band name after using the famous proverb to note the cultural differences between Manchester and London. The band was signed to Elektra Records for a month before the label closed its London office, forcing the band to leave due to the time difference with the U.S.