Haircut One Hundred

Haircut One Hundred was an English new wave band that charted with the 1982 Arista album Pelican West and the hits “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl),” “Love Plus One,” and “Fantastic Day.” In 1983, singer Nick Heyward left for a solo career. The band continued with the 1984 Polydor release Paint and Paint.

Members: Nick Heyward (vocals, 1980-83), Les Nemes (bass), Graham Jones (guitar), Rob Stroud (drums, 1980), Patrick Hunt (drums, 1980), Tim Jenkins (guitar, 1980), Blair Cunningham (drums, 1981-84), Phil Smith (saxophone, 1981-84), Marc Fox (percussion, vocals, 1981-84)


Background

Haircut One Hundred formed in 1980 when singer–guitarist Nick Heyward and bassist Les Nemes moved to London and linked with guitarist friend Graham Jones.

Heyward and Nemes joint-hailed from multiple bands in their native Beckenham, including Boat Party, Captain Pennyworth, and Rugby. They most recently partnered in Moving England, a trio with (future Sex Gang Children) drummer Rob Stroud that cut the 1980 single “Moving Back” (b/w “Stretching Rack (Part 3)”) on one-press English Records.

As the new trio brainstormed over band names, Nick suggested “Haircut 100,” which sparked the most laughter. Under the guidance of (future I-Level) manager Karl Adams, they demoed material with drummer Patrick Hunt, who soon cleared for Memphis-born session drummer Blair Cunningham, whose background included 1977–80 albums by Denise LaSalle, Detroit Emeralds, Fern Kinney, and ex-Winkies frontman Philip Rambow.

In 1981, Haircut One Hundred expanded to a six-piece with saxophonist Phil Smith and percussionist Marc Fox, a former Peter Straker sideman. Arista signed the band, which entered Chalk Farm’s Roundhouse studios with Bob Sargeant, a onetime musician (in sixties Tyneside mods The Junco Partners) who produced recent titles by The Monochrome Set and The Transmitters.


Pelican West

Haircut One Hundred released their debut album, Pelican West, on February 26, 1982, on Arista.


Paint and Paint

Haircut One Hundred released their second album, Paint and Paint, on July 6, 1984, on Polydor.


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