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Johnny Hates Jazz

The British trio Johnny Hates Jazz had Spandau Ballet's striking attire, clean-cut looks, and knack for smooth, glossy pop songs that were more soulful than the critics gave them credit for. Unfortunately, like Spandau Ballet Johnny Hates Jazz were stigmatized in the U.S. by an omnipresent hit that burned out interest in the group before the rest of their discography had the chance to be heard. Johnny Hates Jazz was formed in 1986 by Clark Datchler (vocals, piano), Calvin Hayes (keyboards), and Mike Nocito (bass). Named after a friend who despised jazz, Johnny Hates Jazz released their first single, "Me and My Foolish Heart," on RAK Records that year. The band searched for a major-label deal, and they were signed by Virgin Records after a gig at, ironically enough, a jazz club near the end of 1986. The group's debut single for Virgin, "Shattered Dreams," rocketed them into superstardom in 1987. "Shattered Dreams" landed at number five on the U.K. charts and number two in America. The band's debut LP, Turn Back the Clock, appeared in 1988, going multi-platinum in England and in the U.S.

While none of Johnny Hates Jazz's subsequent singles took off in America, they launched a hit parade in the U.K. as "I Don't Want to Be a Hero," "Turn Back the Clock," "Heart of Gold," and "Don't Say It's Love" followed "Shattered Dreams" onto the airwaves. However, despite the success, Datchler departed from Johnny Hates Jazz in the summer of 1988. Datchler was angry at how the other members were reinterpreting his compositions and decided to pursue a solo career, recording Raindance in 1990. Hayes and Nocito replaced Datchler with producer Phil Thornalley on Johnny Hates Jazz's 1991 effort Tall Stories. Although it didn't sound that different from Turn Back the Clock -- "Let Me Change Your Mind Tonight" could've fit perfectly on that album -- Tall Stories was a bust. Johnny Hates Jazz broke up afterward. ~ Michael Sutton, Rovi
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gonzalez.fil i
Oh college days....
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I like them.....
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ewell29
I love the 80s......no music can match......s u c h good days
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manowar68
Well said, Cheri-Ann Leon! I miss the music of those days as well :o(
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I was born in '84 - I have nothing but solid wonderful memories built around this music, and so much more from this era. After '95.... music died.
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Great Song
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Johnny has a problem,he hates jazz
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I like irony. Johnny Hates Jazz played on a station that was built around Steely Dan.
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Good stuff
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I don't hate Johnny Hates Jazz.
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A great song that brings back some good memories. Sad that a good group like this has to fall apart due to egos. They may have been able to go further if they had been able to get along. And no, I don't hate jazz.
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peanutsgang2
Music is like Art, appreciate it for what it is. Most underdog artist are your best artist. They put more thought into their artistry all around.
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I can't bring myself to hate any genre of music. As bad as some Country music is, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash are awesome!
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Great memories excellent song!! I Beam, San Francisco!!!
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pthomas20
One of my very favorite songs. Awesome!
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I love this group! Jazz, rock, pop all in one.
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clo.cynthia
COOL SONG BRINGS BACK MY HIGH SCHOOL DAYS GREAT MEMOIES.
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shattered dreams is so awesome. great video too. And Johnny is SO HOT!!!! :)
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mcminaya
My Ryshard loves this song........ . g r e a t for Friday night :)
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kamlonie
great singing group from england
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kamlonie
i like their type of music . it makes me feel like i am worth it
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......get this......ju s t heard that johnny got some shock treatments and now, well he still hates jazz, but he's really into electrons... . . . t h i n k that was it........
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I don't really hate jazz.
Just the squawking saxophone, abstract junk.
You know, the jazz that appears to have no melody or structure to it... taking off into some goose-honkin g noise.
Yecch!!!

But some jazz is fantastic!
The stuff from the twenties and thirties. WOW!!

But Johnny seems to hate all of it.

(is it politically correct to be a hater?)
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Who cares.
Some hate is good.

Johnny hates hip-hop.
Johnny hates C&W.
Johnny hates rap.
Johnny hates American Idol.
etc.
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Huggin your woman and listening to this music is nice.;)

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