General Public was an English band formed by vocalists Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger, and which included former members of Dexys Midnight Runners, the Specials and the Clash. They are best remembered for their hits “Tenderness” (1984)
The song’s lyrics tell about a man who really needs tenderness to feel like a man. It was one of the band’s first singles. The single cover of the extended versions has a sentence reading “words like conviction can turn into a sentence”.