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Johnny Hates Jazz

 

London, England (1986 – 1992, 2009 – present)

Johnny Hates Jazz are pop rock group which formed in 1986 in London, England. They had a succession of worldwide hits in the late 80’s including “Shattered Dreams”, “I Don’t Want To Be A Hero”, “Turn Back The Clock” and “Heart Of Gold”. Their debut album “Turn Back The Clock” shot straight to #1 in the UK album charts and went double platinum.

“Shattered Dreams”, which reached #2 in the US and Japan, has now been played more than 3.2 million times on US radio alone. The band split in 1992 and reformed in 2009

Original members Clark Datchler and Mike Nocito have now recorded and released a new Johnny Hates Jazz album entitled “Magnetized”.

Johnny Hates Jazz is a British pop rock band, presently consisting of Clark Datchler (songwriter, vocalist, keyboard player) and Mike Nocito (producer, engineer). In April 1987, they had international success with their first hit single "Shattered Dreams".

Both Datchler and Nocito were born into musical families. Datchler's father, Fred, was a member of two chart topping bands from the 1950s. The Stargazers had the distinction of being the first British band to reach No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. As part of the Polkadots, Fred Datchler sang backing vocals for The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark. Nocito hails from an American family, based in Europe with the United States armed forces. His mother was a singer in a close-harmony group called The Cactus Kids, performing for troops throughout Northern Europe.

Having been a singer, guitarist and keyboard player in numerous bands as a teenager, Datchler released his first single on the London independent record label, Bluebird Records at the age of 17, backed by members of reggae band Aswad. He went on to work with Rusty Egan of Visage, fusing electronic music with soul, and performed often on the London club scene. He was subsequently signed to Warner Brothers Music as a songwriter and moved to Los Angeles, California, United States.

Nocito was a guitarist in school bands, having grown up alongside friend and fellow record producer, Phil Thornalley, as well as members of Katrina And The Waves. He became a recording engineer and worked with Pink Floyd, The Police, The Cure, Duran Duran and the Thompson Twins.

They two met in 1982 at RAK Studios in London. Datchler had just become lead singer in the band, Hot Club, alongside another original JHJ member, Calvin Hayes. The line-up also included bass player Glenn Matlock and guitarist James Stevenson. In 1983, Hot Club released a single on RAK Records and performed at London's Marquee Club, a performance that impressed RAK head, Mickie Most. He decided to sign Datchler to the label as a solo artist. It was Most who suggested that Datchler work with Nocito, who was an engineer at RAK Studios at the time. Over the next four years, the two worked together on Datchler's solo recordings. Most also guided Datchler, producing several of his recordings in the mid-1980s.

 

Named after a friend who really did hate jazz, Johnny Hates Jazz released their first single, "Me and My Foolish Heart," on RAK Records in 1986. After searching for a major record label deal they landed one towards the end of 1986 with Virgin Records after a gig at, ironically enough, a jazz club.
The group's debut single for Virgin, "Shattered Dreams", became a big hit in 1987, reaching #5 in the UK and #2 in the U.S. charts. The group's debut album, Turn Back the Clock, also proved successful, reaching #1 on the UK albums chart. They had many more Top 20 singles in the UK from this album, such as "I Don't Want to Be a Hero" (UK #11, US #31), "Turn Back the Clock" (UK #12), and "Heart of Gold" (UK #19), which was their last hit single.
In the U.S., "Hero" was a top 40 hit on the Hot 100 and went top 20 on the AC and Dance Club Play charts, while "Clock" struck five on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The lead singer and main songwriter, Clark Datchler, left in 1988 and was replaced by the former Cure bass guitarist, Phil Thornalley. A month before the release of their second album, Tall Stories in 1992, the band was involved in a serious car accident which left keyboardist Calvin Hayes in a body cast for over a year. The band lost momentum and eventually split.
In September 2007, Calvin Hayes announced that he and Mike Nocito, with a new vocalist, Danny Saxon, would be reforming Johnny Hates Jazz. They intend to join the Here and Now Tour at Butlins, Minehead between 16-19 November 2008 for four nights. If successful, the band hopes for more dates in 2008.

 

 

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