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Haircut One Hundred are a British new wave/jazz-funk group formed in 1980 in Beckenham, London by Nick Heyward. In 1981 and 1982 the band had four UK Top 10 hit singles: "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)", "Love Plus One", "Nobody's Fool", and "Fantastic Day".
Nick Heyward and Les Nemes had been in several bands together since 1977. They were first known as Rugby, then as the Boat Party, then as Captain Pennyworth, and lastly as Moving England, before finally becoming Haircut One Hundred. By this time, Heyward and Nemes had met guitarist Graham Jones, and the three were joined by drummer Pat Hunt. Managed by Karl Adams, the band recorded some demos. Phil Smith played saxophone on the sessions and he joined the group, followed by percussionist Mark Fox. The group played some live dates and were signed by Arista Records in 1981. They entered Chalk Farm’s Roundhouse studios to record their debut single, "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)", which became their first hit, reaching No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1981, and resulted in their first appearance on BBC Television's Top of the Pops.
For the recording of their debut album, Blair Cunningham replaced Hunt on drums. Their second single, "Love Plus One", was released in early 1982 and gave the band their second UK Top 10 hit. It was soon followed by the release of their debut album, Pelican West, which reached No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart.
The band became internationally famous and toured the globe. "Love Plus One" reached the US Top 40, and they secured further UK Top 10 hits in 1982 with the singles "Fantastic Day" and "Nobody's Fool".
In late 1982, tensions began arising within the band as they struggled to record new material, which was hindered when Heyward refused to attend recording sessions. Eventually, in January 1983, the band's forthcoming single, "Whistle Down the Wind", was postponed and a statement was issued confirming that the band and Heyward were parting company. At the time, Heyward told Smash Hits magazine that he had been contemplating going solo for some time and had already recorded some tracks with session musicians. However, many years later, Heyward stated that he had been struggling with stress and depression at the time after a year of constant work and pressure, which led to him being, in effect, sacked by the other members of the band. With the loss of the band's frontman and main songwriter, Fox took over vocal duties and the band continued to write material themselves (several B-sides during Heyward's tenure had been credited to the whole band). The band left Arista and signed with Polydor Records, but further singles by this line-up failed to reach the UK Top 40 and their follow-up album, Paint and Paint (1984) failed to chart. The band split up soon after. Heyward, however, embarked on a successful solo career in 1983, and scored several chart hits (including the aforementioned song "Whistle Down the Wind", which was his first solo release in March 1983) and a Top 10 album, North of a Miracle.
In 2009, they rekindled their friendship via Facebook, and Heyward invited the rest of the band to perform at one of his solo gigs. The band (comprising Heyward, Jones, Nemes and Cunningham) then played London's Indig02 on 28 January 2011, performing Pelican West in its entirety. The performance was recorded and released as a live CD. In 2013, the band's official website stated that they had been working on new material together. To date, this has not been released.
- Nick Heyward (born 20 May 1961, Beckenham, Kent) - lead vocals, guitar
- Les Nemes (born 5 December 1960, Croydon, Surrey) - bass.
- Graham Jones (born 8 July 1961, Bridlington, East Yorkshire) - guitar
- Patrick David Hunt (born in Shaftesbury, Dorset) - drums (left before first album was completed)
- Phil Smith (born 1 May 1959, Redbridge, Essex) - saxophone
- Marc Fox (born 13 February 1958) - Percussion, vocals
- Blair Cunningham (born 11 October 1957, Harlem, New York) - drums
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|1982|| Pelican West
|1984|| Paint and Paint
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|1981||"Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)"||4||32||-||-||-||
|1982||"Love Plus One"||3||22||37||4||3||
|1984||"Too Up, Two Down"||-||-||-||-||-|
|2011||Live at the IndigO2 28th Jan 2011
|1989||Nick Heyward & Haircut One Hundred - The Best Of Nick Heyward & Haircut One Hundred
|1994||Haircut One Hundred & Nick Heyward - The Very Best Of Haircut 100 & Nick Heyward
|1996||Nick Heyward & Haircut One Hundred - The Greatest Hits Of Nick Heyward & Haircut One Hundred
|2003||Nick Heyward & Haircut One Hundred - The Very Best Of…
|2009||Nick Heyward, Haircut One Hundred - Favourite Songs: The Best Of
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- ↑ "Chart Stats - Haircut 100". swedishcharts.com. http://swedishcharts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Haircut+100. Retrieved 25 Sep 2011.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 25 September 2011. Note: User needs to enter "Haircut 100" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
- ↑ "Chart Stats - Haircut 100". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/artist/276341/haircut+one+hundred/chart. Retrieved 25 Sep 2011.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 "The World's Music Charts (Songs from the Year 1982)". http://tsort.info/music/yr1982.htm. Retrieved 5 Feb 2013.
- Official Site
- Audio interview with Nick Heyward on the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast
- Haircut One Hundred discography at Discogs
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