Haircut 100 Biography

Formed in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1980, Haircut 100 began on a part-time basis with a line-up comprising Nick Heyward (20 May 1961, Beckenham, Kent, England; vocals), Les Nemes (b. 5 December 1960, Croydon, Surrey, England; bass) and Graham Jones (b. 8 July 1961, Bridlington, North Yorkshire, England; guitar). Early the following year they were augmented by Memphis Blair Cunningham (b. 11 October 1957, Harlem, New York, USA; drums), Phil Smith (b. 1 May 1959, Redbridge, Ilford, Essex, England; saxophone), and Mark Fox (b. 13 February 1958; percussion). Engineer/manager Karl Adams secured them a contract with Arista Records where they were placed in the hands of producer Bob Sargeant. Their teen appeal and smooth punk pop sound was perfect for the time and it came as no surprise when their debut single ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’ climbed to number 4 in the UK charts. The follow-up, ‘Love Plus One’, did even better, firmly establishing the band as premier pop idols in 1982. Their career received a serious setback, however, when the engaging frontman Nick Heyward split for a solo career. In January 1983, Haircut 100 was relaunched with Mark Fox on vocals. Although the band hoped to succeed with a new audience, their singles sold poorly, and following the release of their 1984 album Paint On Paint, they disbanded. Drummer Cunningham later reappeared in one of the many line-ups of the Pretenders.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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