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JOHNNY   HATES   JAZZ   consists   of   singer-songwriter   Clark   Datchler   (vocals, keyboards)   and   producer-engineer   Mike   Nocito   (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   part   of   the   Polkadots,   Fred   sang   backing vocals   for   the   likes   of   the   Beatles,   Frank   Sinatra   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   performed   often   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. The   two   met   in   the   early   1980's   while   working   at   RAK   Studios   in   London,   when Clark   became   lead   singer   in   the   band   Hot   Club   alongside   another   original   JHJ member,   Calvin   Hayes.   The   line-up   also   included   bass   player   Glenn   Matlock   (Sex Pistols)   and   guitarist   James   Stevens   (Generation   X).   In   1983   Hot   Club   released   a single   on   RAK   Records   and   performed   at   London's   Marquee   Club,   after   which RAK   boss   Mickie   Most   signed   Clark   to   the   label   as   a   solo   artist.   It   was   he   who suggested   that   Clark   work   with   a   young   producer   /   engineer   at   RAK   Studios, Mike    Nocito.    Over    the    coming    years,    the    two    of    them    recorded    together extensively,   creating   a   musical   direction   that   would   later   become   integral   to   JHJ's sound. In   late   1985,   JOHNNY   HATES   JAZZ    recorded   their   first   single   Me   And   My   Foolish Heart   which   was   released   on   RAK   in   April   1986,   and   although   not   a   commercial success,   it   gained   substantial   airplay   and   was   Sounds   magazine's   record   of   the week. Clark   began   to   write   new   songs   for   the   band,   the   first   of   which   was   Shattered Dreams.     His    father    Fred    listened    to    the    song    as    it    was    being    written,    and predicted    it    would    be    a    hit.    JHJ    then    performed    a    showcase    at    London's legendary   jazz   venue,   Ronnie   Scott's,   and   were   subsequently   signed   to   Virgin Records.   Shattered   Dreams    was   released   in   March   1987   and   became   a   top   5   hit in   the   UK,   throughout   mainland   Europe   and   Asia,   and   reached   number   2   in Japan.   It   was   followed   by   four   other   worldwide   hits,   being   the   anti-war   anthem   I Don't   Want   To   Be   A   Hero,   Turn   Back   The   Clock   (featuring   Kim   Wilde   on   backing vocals) and Heart Of Gold. Towards   the   end   of   1987,   JHJ   made   two   music   videos   with   a   young   director named   David   Fincher,   later   to   become   the   A-list   director   of   blockbuster   films such   as   'Seven'   and   'The   Girl   With   The   Dragon   Tattoo'.   The   videos   were   for   the US release of Shattered Dreams,  as well as Heart Of Gold . In   1988,   Shattered   Dreams   reached   number   2   on   the   US   Billboard   chart,   number 1   on   the   US   Adult   Contemporary   chart,   and   climbed   to   number   4   in   Canada. That   same   year,   their   album   ‘Turn   Back   The   Clock’   entered   the   UK   charts   at number   1,   going   double-platinum   and   selling   4   million   copies   in   the   process.   It is   arguably   one   of   the   definitive   albums   of   the   1980's,   and   is   one   of   only   two debut   albums   released   by   Virgin   Records   that   immediately   went   to   the   top   of the   charts   upon   its   release   —   the   other   being   ‘Never   Mind   The   Bollocks’   by   The Sex Pistols. Despite   JHJ's   great   success,   Clark   decided   to   leave   the   band   at   the   end   of   1988. It   was   a   traumatic   and   painful   separation,   and   it   would   be   another   21   years before   Clark   and   Mike   spoke   again.   As   it   turned   out,   JOHNNY   HATES   JAZZ   were to be the last electronic band to emerge in the 1980's. Clark   went   on   to   focus   on   his   solo   recordings,   completing   three   albums   in   the process:    ‘Raindance’,’    Fishing    For    Souls’    and    ‘Tomorrow’.    After    moving    to Amsterdam   at   the   end   of   the   80's,   he   returned   to   the   UK   and   based   himself   at Peter   Gabriel's   Real   World   Studios   near   Bath   throughout   the   90's,   where   he recorded   with   many   well-known   musicians   from   the   realms   of   rock,   R   &   B,   world and   folk   music.   In   2000,   he   moved   to   California,   and   later   to   the   high   mountain desert   of   Arizona.   There,   he   created   an   elaborate   solar-powered   studio   where he    recorded    much    of    ‘Tomorrow’.    Throughout    this    time,    he    studied    Native American   philosophy,   became   environmentally   active   and   in   2008,   he   received the    first    GreenTec    Music    Award    in    Berlin    (formerly    the    Clean    Tech    Media Awards). Mike   recorded   a   further   album   with   Calvin   under   the   JHJ   banner,   titled   ‘Tall Stories’.    He    then    went    on    to    achieve    behind-the-scenes    success    when    he produced   the   Katrina   and   The   Waves   single   Love   Shine   A   Light ,   winner   of   the 1997   Eurovision   Song   Contest   and   a   top   10   hit   throughout   Europe.   He   also produced   and   wrote   for   Hepburn,   Gina   G,   and   Orson,   and   continued   to   work extensively with Katrina and The Waves. Then   in   2009,   Clark   and   Mike   made   contact   with   one   and   other   once   more. Having    re-established    their    friendship,    they    decided    to    create    a    brand    new JOHNNY   HATES   JAZZ    album   for   the   modern   era.   Clark   moved   back   to   the   UK and   immediately   set   about   writing   new   songs   for   the   project.   The   following year,   he   received   a   BMI   award   for   Shattered   Dreams   receiving   over   3   million broadcast   performances   in   the   US   alone.   JHJ   also   began   to   perform   live   in   both Europe and South East Asia during this time. The   new   album,   entitled   ‘Magnetized’,   was   completed   and   released   in   2013. Recording   spanned   much   of   the   preceding   two   years,   and   took   place   at   Real World    Studios    near    Bath,    The    Farm    near    Cambridge,    and    Angel    Studios    in London.   It   features   Clark   as   songwriter   /   vocalist   /   keyboard   player,   and   Mike   as producer    /    engineer    /    guitarist.    There    are    also    string    arrangements    and additional     keyboards     from     Art     Of     Noise     co-founder     and     Oscar-winning composer   Anne   Dudley,   who   arranged   the   strings   on   Turn   Back   The   Clock.    Other contributors   include   drummer   Alex   Reeves   (Dizzee   Rascal,   Bat   For   Lashes),   mix engineer   Stephen   Tayler   (Kate   Bush),   guitarist   David   Rhodes   (Peter   Gabriel),   and synth player Pete Watson (Hurts). The   first   single   Magnetized   was   quickly   A-listed   and   became   a   huge   radio   hit   in both   the   UK   and   Germany.   Unfortunately,   Clark   was   diagnosed   with   a   serious illness   soon   after,   and   all   promotion   came   to   a   temporary   halt.   However,   by   the beginning    of    2014    he    had    made    a    full    recovery    and    a    follow-up    single, Lighthouse,    was    released    in    Germany.    Again,    the    band    received    substantial airplay and appeared on both national TV and live shows. JHJ   have   since   performed   at   many   festivals   in   the   UK   and   Germany,   and   now aim   to   bring   both   the   'Turn   Back   The   Clock'   and   'Magnetized'   albums   to   an   ever- increasing international audience.
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JOHNNY     HATES     JAZZ     consists     of     singer-songwriter Clark     Datchler     (vocals,     keyboards)     and     producer- engineer   Mike   Nocito   (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   part   of   the Polkadots,   Fred   sang   backing   vocals   for   the   likes   of   the Beatles,   Frank   Sinatra   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   performed   often   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. The    two    met    in    the    early    1980's    while    working    at    RAK Studios   in   London,   when   Clark   became   lead   singer   in   the band    Hot    Club    alongside    another    original    JHJ    member, Calvin   Hayes.   The   line-up   also   included   bass   player   Glenn Matlock      (Sex      Pistols)      and      guitarist      James      Stevens (Generation   X).   In   1983   Hot   Club   released   a   single   on   RAK Records   and   performed   at   London's   Marquee   Club,   after which   RAK   boss   Mickie   Most   signed   Clark   to   the   label   as   a solo   artist.   It   was   he   who   suggested   that   Clark   work   with   a young   producer   /   engineer   at   RAK   Studios,   Mike   Nocito. Over   the   coming   years,   the   two   of   them   recorded   together extensively,   creating   a   musical   direction   that   would   later become integral to JHJ's sound. In    late    1985,    JOHNNY    HATES    JAZZ     recorded    their    first single   Me   And   My   Foolish   Heart   which   was   released   on   RAK in   April   1986,   and   although   not   a   commercial   success,   it gained    substantial    airplay    and    was    Sounds    magazine's record of the week. Clark   began   to   write   new   songs   for   the   band,   the   first   of which   was   Shattered   Dreams.    His   father   Fred   listened   to   the song   as   it   was   being   written,   and   predicted   it   would   be   a hit.   JHJ   then   performed   a   showcase   at   London's   legendary jazz   venue,   Ronnie   Scott's,   and   were   subsequently   signed to   Virgin   Records.   Shattered   Dreams    was   released   in   March 1987    and    became    a    top    5    hit    in    the    UK,    throughout mainland    Europe    and    Asia,    and    reached    number    2    in Japan.   It   was   followed   by   four   other   worldwide   hits,   being the   anti-war   anthem   I   Don't   Want   To   Be   A   Hero,   Turn   Back The   Clock   (featuring   Kim   Wilde   on   backing   vocals)   and   Heart Of Gold. Towards   the   end   of   1987,   JHJ   made   two   music   videos   with a   young   director   named   David   Fincher,   later   to   become   the A-list   director   of   blockbuster   films   such   as   'Seven'   and   'The Girl   With   The   Dragon   Tattoo'.   The   videos   were   for   the   US release of Shattered Dreams,  as well as Heart Of Gold . In   1988,   Shattered   Dreams   reached   number   2   on   the   US Billboard   chart,   number   1   on   the   US   Adult   Contemporary chart,    and    climbed    to    number    4    in    Canada.    That    same year,   their   album   ‘Turn   Back   The   Clock’   entered   the   UK charts   at   number   1,   going   double-platinum   and   selling   4 million    copies    in    the    process.    It    is    arguably    one    of    the definitive   albums   of   the   1980's,   and   is   one   of   only   two debut   albums   released   by   Virgin   Records   that   immediately went   to   the   top   of   the   charts   upon   its   release   —   the   other being ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ by The Sex Pistols. Despite JHJ's great success, Clark decided to leave the band at    the    end    of    1988.    It    was    a    traumatic    and    painful separation,   and   it   would   be   another   21   years   before   Clark and   Mike   spoke   again.   As   it   turned   out,   JOHNNY   HATES JAZZ   were   to   be   the   last   electronic   band   to   emerge   in   the 1980's. Clark   went   on   to   focus   on   his   solo   recordings,   completing three   albums   in   the   process:   ‘Raindance’,’   Fishing   For   Souls’ and   ‘Tomorrow’.   After   moving   to   Amsterdam   at   the   end   of the   80's,   he   returned   to   the   UK   and   based   himself   at   Peter Gabriel's    Real    World    Studios    near    Bath    throughout    the 90's,   where   he   recorded   with   many   well-known   musicians from   the   realms   of   rock,   R   &   B,   world   and   folk   music.   In 2000,    he    moved    to    California,    and    later    to    the    high mountain     desert     of     Arizona.     There,     he     created     an elaborate   solar-powered   studio   where   he   recorded   much of    ‘Tomorrow’.    Throughout    this    time,    he    studied    Native American   philosophy,   became   environmentally   active   and in   2008,   he   received   the   first   GreenTec   Music   Award   in Berlin (formerly the Clean Tech Media Awards). Mike   recorded   a   further   album   with   Calvin   under   the   JHJ banner,   titled   ‘Tall   Stories’.   He   then   went   on   to   achieve behind-the-scenes   success   when   he   produced   the   Katrina and   The   Waves   single   Love   Shine   A   Light ,   winner   of   the   1997 Eurovision    Song    Contest    and    a    top    10    hit    throughout Europe.   He   also   produced   and   wrote   for   Hepburn,   Gina   G, and   Orson,   and   continued   to   work   extensively   with   Katrina and The Waves. Then   in   2009,   Clark   and   Mike   made   contact   with   one   and other   once   more.   Having   re-established   their   friendship, they   decided   to   create   a   brand   new   JOHNNY   HATES   JAZZ   album   for   the   modern   era.   Clark   moved   back   to   the   UK and    immediately    set    about    writing    new    songs    for    the project.   The   following   year,   he   received   a   BMI   award   for Shattered     Dreams     receiving     over     3     million     broadcast performances   in   the   US   alone.   JHJ   also   began   to   perform live in both Europe and South East Asia during this time. The   new   album,   entitled   ‘Magnetized’,   was   completed   and released     in     2013.     Recording     spanned     much     of     the preceding   two   years,   and   took   place   at   Real   World   Studios near   Bath,   The   Farm   near   Cambridge,   and   Angel   Studios   in London.     It     features     Clark     as     songwriter     /     vocalist     / keyboard    player,    and    Mike    as    producer    /    engineer    / guitarist.      There      are      also      string      arrangements      and additional   keyboards   from   Art   Of   Noise   co-founder   and Oscar-winning   composer   Anne   Dudley,   who   arranged   the strings   on   Turn   Back   The   Clock.    Other   contributors   include drummer   Alex   Reeves   (Dizzee   Rascal,   Bat   For   Lashes),   mix engineer     Stephen     Tayler     (Kate     Bush),     guitarist     David Rhodes    (Peter    Gabriel),    and    synth    player    Pete    Watson (Hurts). The   first   single   Magnetized   was   quickly   A-listed   and   became a     huge     radio     hit     in     both     the     UK     and     Germany. Unfortunately,   Clark   was   diagnosed   with   a   serious   illness soon   after,   and   all   promotion   came   to   a   temporary   halt. However,   by   the   beginning   of   2014   he   had   made   a   full recovery   and   a   follow-up   single,   Lighthouse,   was   released   in Germany.   Again,   the   band   received   substantial   airplay   and appeared on both national TV and live shows. JHJ   have   since   performed   at   many   festivals   in   the   UK   and Germany,   and   now   aim   to   bring   both   the   'Turn   Back   The Clock'    and    'Magnetized'    albums    to    an    ever-increasing international audience.
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