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"The Name Johnny Hates Jazz was Accidental" Clark Datchler 2023

Johnny Hates Jazz is a British pop-rock band that was formed in 1985. The band was initially composed of Clark Datchler (vocals, keyboards), Calvin Hayes (keyboards), and Mike Nocito (bass). The group took its name from a friend of the band, known for disliking Johnny Cash and Jazz music.

In 1986, the band signed with Virgin Records and released their debut single, "My Foolish Heart and Me." The song reached the top 40 in the UK and helped to establish the band's reputation for crafting catchy, synth-pop tunes with strong melodies and memorable hooks.

Johnny Hates Jazz's debut album, "Turn Back the Clock," was released in 1988 and became a commercial success, reaching the top 10 in the UK and the top 40 in the US. The album spawned several hit singles, including "Shattered Dreams," "I Don't Want to Be a Hero," and "Turn Back the Clock."

In 1990, Datchler left the band to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Phil Thornalley, a former member of The Cure. The new lineup released the album "Tall Stories" in 1991, which was less successful than their debut and failed to produce any major hits.

Despite the commercial downturn, Johnny Hates Jazz continued to tour and record throughout the 1990s and 2000s, releasing several more albums and compilations. In 2010, the original lineup of Datchler, Hayes, and Nocito reunited and released a new album, "Magnetized," which received positive reviews and marked a return to the band's synth-pop roots.

Today, Johnny Hates Jazz continues to perform and record and their music remains popular among fans of 1980s pop-rock and synth-pop.

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