OK, let skip the esoteric and do some Sherlock Holmes snooping. I think Bill was Howard Jones back in the early 80s for 3, no 4, good reasons:
1) THE MACHINERY SOUND OF THE EARLY 1980S SYNTH SOUND!
2) THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE HAIRCUT
3) THE FALSETTO
4) THEY WERE NEVER SEEN TOGETHER
Check out Howard's "No One Is To Blame" and all the points jump out at you like rockets.