He first came to prominence as a member of UK punk/pub rock band, The Motors, whom he joined in 1977. After he left them, he led an eponymous power pop band, with Micky Broadbent (bass, keyboards) and Keith Boyce (drums). The group scored a US Top 40 hit single in the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979, with "Girl Of My Dreams". In the Netherlands, "Sarah Smiles" was a minor hit, reaching number 33 in February 1979. Nick Garvey and Denis Forbes were also involved in later band line-ups. After disappointing sales, the band split up in 1981 and Tchaikovsky left the music industry.
In 1998, as part of a "British Rock" reissue series, WEA Japan re-released both Strange Man Changed Man and The Russians Are Coming albums on CD, using original master tapes and artwork. In addition to the original artwork andliner notes, each CD contained extensive historical information, song lyrics and musical commentary (albeit in Japanese). These CDs were only available in Japan and are now out of production.
Strange Man Changed Man had been expanded to 21 tracks and included rare B-sides and live cuts. It is only available on the web. Strange Man Changed Man included newly remastered tracks, featuring the hit single "Girl Of My Dreams" and the track "Lonely Dancer" (which were both written by Heavy Metal Kid Ronnie Thomas), and also ten bonus tracks. The bonus tracks included hard to find singles, B-sides and live tracks.
In December 2007, Strange Man Changed Man was issued in the US on the Hip-O Select label (ASIN: B000ZIZ0ZC) in digital sound, and with full artwork. This CD release used the original master tapes sequenced for the original US release; the track running order is therefore different from the original UK album, and different from the 1998 Japanese CD version.
In February 2012, a live recording, Live At the Lochem Festival, 1979, appeared on Tiger Eye with the songs: "Sarah Smiles", "Robber", "Nobody Knows", "Turn on the Lights" and "Girl Of My Dreams".
|Year||Album||Billboard Top 200|
|1979||Strange Man, Changed Man||36|
|2012||Live At the Lochem Festival, 1979|
|Year||Name||Billboard Hot 100|
|1979||"Lullaby Of Broadway"||-|
|1979||"Girl Of My Dreams"||37|
|1979||"I'm The One That's Leaving"||-|
|1981||"Stand & Deliver"||-|
|1981||"Shall We Dance?"||-|