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JOHNNY HATES JAZZ IS BACK!

Artist: Johnny Hates Jazz

CD title: Mangetized

Label: AIS (Interaction Music)

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Do you remember the 80's hit Shattered Dreams or I Don't Want To Be A Hero? If not, you must be living under a rock. They are back with a HOT new album called Magnetized which features the title track Magnetized.


Johnny Hates Jazz is an English pop/rock band, formed in London in 1985 by Clark Datchler (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Mike Nocito (bass, guitar), and Calvin Hayes (keyboards, drums). Nocito was a recording engineer, who had worked with Pink Floyd, The Police, The Cure and Duran Duran. He engineered and co-produced Datchler's solo recordings before the formation of Johnny Hates Jazz. Their tongue-in-cheek name referenced Nocito’s brother-in-law Johnny, who really hated jazz. In April 1987 they saw international success with their first hit single "Shattered Dreams".They had a succession of worldwide hits in the late 80's including "Shattered Dreams", "I Don't Want To Be A Hero", "Turn Back The Clock ( featuring Kim Wilde on backing vocals)" and "Heart Of Gold". Their debut album Turn Back The Clock shot straight to #1 in the UK album charts and went double platinum."Shattered Dreams", which reached #2 in the US and Japan, has now been played more than 3.2 million times on US radio alone.

After leaving Johnny Hates Jazz in 1988, Datchler recorded two solo albums: Fishing for Souls and Tomorrow. Nocito and Hayes worked on an album called Tall Stories (released in 91), which featured the record producer, Phil Thornalley, on vocals. Nocito went on to write and produce for Hepburn, Gina G, Orson and was 1997's Eurovision Song Contest winner for Katrina & the Waves, "Love Shine a Light". After a serious car crash in 1992, Hayes spent a year in a body cast, effectively putting an end to the band for a time, although they reformed in 2007. In April 2013 Datchler and Nocito without Hayes, released their first single for nearly 22 years entitled Magnetized.


Magnetized is like a trip in the way-back-machine to the 80's, with a bit of an updated contemporary spin. Most of the album stays true to their relaxed, jazzy synthpop style, from their previous albums. Although more than half of the album is chocked full of acoustic and piano laden pop ballads, there is still a few stand out tracks like "You Belong To Me" and the soon to be club hit "Lighthouse" that reminds one of their classic 80's hits. Nevermore, slightly resembles Martin Fry's (ABC) unmistakable vocals on timeless hits like Ocean Blue. I saved the best for last. The title track "Magnetized", is absolutely incredible. It is so unbelievably catchy that you can't stop singing it. It really deserves some strong dance mixes, but to my knowledge, there is none on the horizon as of yet. It has all the potential to be a summer club anthem. Though it won't hold a candle to their classic 80's hits "Shattered Dreams" or "I Don't Want To Be A Hero", it is a very strong contender. Magnetized is not only the strongest track on the album, but it is the true heart and soul of the album, and one of the best comeback tracks I have heard in ages. I don't say this often, but Magnetized is a package deal. It has a certain quality that makes you want to explore the whole album and accept it as one full work, rather than just track by track. That is a rare quality in music these days.

Who ever thought that these "Jazzed" up boys would bounce back decades later and sound just as amazing as ever? Get Magnetized now and find out for yourselves.


Watch their brand new video Magnetized.


Johnny Hates Jazz-Magnetized


Buy Magnetized on Amazon



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