Originally from Bangor, Wales, Fay Ray were a new wave act who made one really solid album before things went south. The band was named after one of photographer William Wegman's Weimaraner dogs and was fronted by Sheila McCartney. Other members of the band were John Lovering (guitar), Owen Hughes (drums), Tony Travis (bass), and Jeff Taylor (sax).
Fay Ray were sometimes lazily compared to Siouxsie and the Banshees, another British new wave band with a female lead singer. However, they sounded quite different from Siouxsie, with a strong pop sense folded into their new wave sound. This could have made them quite successful, had things broken their way a bit more.
The band released their debut album, Contact You, in 1982, but it did not chart. They did make a couple of videos, and even picked up a bit of airplay on MTV. However, Elektra/Warner dropped the band after the recording of their second LP, and refused to release the master tapes (!). Fay Ray broke up soon afterwards, although they have re-formed in the early 2000's and are still occasionally active as of this writing.
"Modern Lovers" was off Contact You, and is a great driving new wave song with a cheap and colorful video to boot. File this one under rare and really good.