Johnny Hates Jazz
|Genres:||Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||80s pop new wave british soft rock|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music Wikipedia|
Purveyors of super-slick pop, this UK band derived their unusual name from a friend called Johnny who, literally, did not like jazz. The line-up featured Calvin Hayes (England; keyboards/drums), Mike Nocito (b. 5 August 1963, Wiesbaden, Germany; guitar/bass) and Clark Datchler (b. England; vocals/keyboards), the son of former Stargazers member Fred Datchler. Datchler was later replaced by multi-instrumentalist Phil Thornalley (b. Philip Thornalley, 5 January 1960, Worlingham, Suffolk, England; vocals/guitar, ex-Cure). The connection between all four was RAK Records, the label owned by Hayes father, Mickie Most. Thornalley co-wrote the bands unsuccessful RAK single, 1986s Me And My Foolish Heart, but he could not front the band as he was producing Robbie Nevil. Hayes brought in ex-Hot Club team-mate Datchler and some expensive suits, and at the end of the year the new line-up signed to Virgin Records. Shattered Dreams (the...