Johnny Hates Jazz consists of singer-songwriter Clark Datchler (vocals, keyboards) and producer-engineer Mike Nocito (bass guitar). The band is best known for a cycle of hits in the late 1980’s, the most successful being “Shattered Dreams”.
Their musical roots go back to childhood. Clark’s father Fred was a member of two chart topping bands from the 1950’s, the Stargazers and the Polkadots. The Stargazers had the distinction of being the first British band ever to reach number 1 on the UK singles chart. As a member of the Polkadots, Fred sang backing vocals for the likes of the Beatles (“I Am The Walrus”), Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Petula Clarke. Mike hails from an American family based in Europe with the US armed forces. His mother was a singer in close-harmony group The Cactus Kids, performing for troops in Northern Europe.
This heritage paved the way for their future careers. Having been a singer, guitarist and keyboard player in numerous bands as a teenager, Clark released his first single on London indie soul 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 often performed on the London club scene. He was subsequently signed to Warner Brothers Music as a songwriter.
Mike also had a long history as a guitarist in school bands, having grown up alongside longtime friend and fellow-producer Phil Thornalley, as well as members of Katrina And The Waves. He became a highly-regarded recording engineer and worked with artists such as Pink Floyd, The Police, The Cure, Duran Duran and the Thompson Twins.
Turn Back The Clock
The Very Best Of Johnny Hates Jazz
Johnny Hates Jazz (CD | Comp)
Me And My Foolish Heart
Turn Back The Clock
I Dont Want To Be A Hero
Boy George - Johnny Hates Jazz - Keep Me In Mind
Pet Shop Boys - Johnny Hates Jazz - Its A Sin
|DJ Club Mix||1987|
Johnny Hates Jazz Feat. Bonnie Tyler
Heart Of Gold Remix
Dont Say Its Love
Boy George - Johnny Hates Jazz - Live My Life
Jermaine Stewart - Johnny Hates Jazz
Turn The Tide
The Last To Know
Let Me Change Your Mind Tonight
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