40 Years of Haircut 100’s ‘Pelican West’ – Speak About Pop Music

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Haircut 100 – “Pelican West” (1982)

Haircut 100 have been the teenager idols of the early 80’s, if just for a short time. They launched their debut album, “Pelican West”, in 1982 and from it got here three UK high ten hits and two US chart hit singles. Now, forty years on, the band are re-issuing the album on LP and CD to those that keep in mind the most effective of occasions for pop music.

Haircut 100 have been, are Blair Cunningham (b.1957), Marc Fox (b.1958), Phil Smith (b.1959), Patrick Hunt (b.1959), Les Nemes (b.1960), Graham Jones (b.1961) and Nick Heyward (b.1961). They shaped in Beckenham in London and just about grew to become stars in a single day, being signed to Arista Information in 1981 and earlier than the yr was out, had launched “Favorite Shirts (Boy Meets Lady)”, which might change into an enormous hit and in addition cracked the US singles chart. 1982 would produce the album, which went on to succeed in No.2 within the UK and No.31 in America, incomes a Platinum disc for gross sales of greater than 300,000 copies at dwelling.

Haircut 100 would achive two additional high ten hits with “Love Plus One” and “Incredible Day” whereas “No person’s Idiot”, which was not included on the unique album, would give the group a fourth by the top of the yr. Sadly, the great occasions didn’t final and Heyward left in 1983. The remaining members pressed on and launched a observe as much as “Pelican West” in 1984, however this and the three singles lifted from all of it missed the UK high 40 and weren’t seen in any respect in different international locations. Haircut 100 cut up quickly after with Nick turning into essentially the most profitable of the lot. He achieved three high twenty hits in 1983 himself and has thus far launched a complete of 9 studio albums, the newest being “Woodland Echoes” in 2017.

Haircut 100 referred to as a truce and reformed in 2004 for a sequence of reside performances, whereas Nick, Les, Graham and Blair regrouped in 2011 for a one-off present in London the place they carried out “Pelican West” in it entirety. The fortieth anniversary version of the album is available in the usual LP, 3-CD boxset which incorporates 12″, prolonged and reside model of all of the songs, and an LP version containing the identical materials.

Love Plus One” UK No.3, US No.37

Incredible Day” UK No.9

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