Johnny Hates Jazz

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": 80s pop new wave british soft rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: 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 band’s unsuccessful RAK single, 1986’s ‘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...

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