|Birth name||Jeremy Allan Ryder|
|Also known as||Jack Hues|
|Born||10 December 1954|
|Origin||Gillingham, Kent, England|
|Genres||Rock, pop, pop rock, dance, New Wave|
|Occupations||Musician, singer, guitarist|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano|
|Years active||1977–1992, 1994–1995, 2005–present|
|Labels||Rewind Records (1980), Arista Records (1981–1982), Geffen Records (1982–1991), Columbia Records (1991), Virgin Records (1994–1995)|
|Associated acts||Wang Chung, Strictly Inc|
Jack Hues (born Jeremy Allan Ryder on 10 December 1954) is an English musician, who is best known for forming the 1980s British new wave band, Wang Chung. In addition to forming Wang Chung, Hues also was a member of the one-off band, Strictly Inc, which featured Tony Banks from Genesis.
Jack Hues was born in Gillingham, Kent, England, the oldest of four children born to Robina (née Pratt) and Allan Sidney Ryder. He attended London's Goldsmith College to study music. After three years, he went on to attend the Royal College of Music. It was at this time that Hues befriended Dave Burnand, who would go on to be a member of Huang Chung. After one year at RCM, he decided on to pursue a career in music.
Wang Chung era (1977–1991)
Jeremy Ryder, known professionally as "Jack Hues" (vocalist/guitarist) and Nick Feldman (bassist) would eventually form the core duo of Wang Chung. They first met when Hues answered Feldman's ad for a musicians in the classifieds section of the weekly British music magazine Melody Maker in 1977. Mike Berry, an American bassist and songwriter also answered the ad, beating 70 other bassists to be offered the job. Mike Smith, a keyboard playing friend of Nick's and Paul Hammond, a drummer were already members of the band. Keyboard player, Mike Smith also wrote songs. He soon left after being signed as a songwriter by Chinn and Chapman. Paul Hammond (Carl. S. Berg) was the drummer at the time of the auditions. He had already enjoyed some success in the 70s band, 'Atomic Rooster.His 'audition technique' was to keep speeding up the tempo as he played to try and catch the bass player out. Mike Berry played bass so fast that Paul gave up, smiled and said 'you're a maniac!' Mike Berry was in. It was Paul Hammond who coined the name Jack Hues.
 Mike B tells the story:
'Jeremy/Jez had a song called,'J'accuse'.The opening line was,"I J'accuse!' Paul hated the song,One day when Jeremy/Jez was gone to the toilet Paul got a wicked gleam in his eye and asked,'where's Jack?'we said who? He said,'you know,Jack Hughes.'That is how that name got started. It was Paul taking the rise out of Jez' song.' Mike Berry recalls he himself left the band after a year and a half because Nick Feldman refused to loan him the money to replace a faulty bass speaker cabinet,despite being offered an airline ticket to the usa as security on the loan.As a result of this dispute, Mike refused to play a gig supporting The Tourists (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart) was cancelled and Mike Berry quit the band.Both Nick and Jack,as he was now called,pleaded with him not to go,but he left the band. 6 months later,while working as a door person at a night club in Boston,Massachusetts,mike heard familiar voices and looked up at the video screen.there were Wang Chung,singing 'Dancehall Days! Mike still kicks himself for the decision to go.He still has demo tapes recorded at Easy Street studios as part of this original line-up.the songs include 'J'accuse.'
Soon after Mike left. Marek Budzynski (Bud Weiser) was taken on as bassist to form next incarnation of The Intellektuals.
In less than a year, that band split up. Hues and Feldman then joined up with future Wang Chung drummer Darren Costin, bassist Leigh Gorman, keyboardist Simon Campbell and vocalist Glenn Gregory, to form 57 Men. This band lasted for about 18 months before breaking up.
Gregory went on to become the vocalist for Heaven 17, and Gorman later played in Bow Wow Wow. Meanwhile Hues, Feldman and Costin stayed together and rechristened themselves Huang Chung. Campbell went back to the day job. Mike Berry moved to Devon and played in rock bands and solo.He later formed folk trio,MY Earthly Twin with John Austin on mandolin and Steve Potter on fiddle.They played the Southwest of England for 3 years.
Two years later, Hues & Feldman formed the band, '57 Men'. While in 57 Men, the two met up with future Wang Chung drummer, Darren Costin. Just like their first band together, Hues & Feldman broke up within eighteen months, but took along Costin.
In late 1979, the threesome officially became referred to as Huang Chung. They released several singles in 1980 for the independent music company, Rewind Records. In May 1981, Huang Chung signed to Arista Records for a two album deal. The next year, the band released their self-titled debut album. By 1983, the band's name was changed to Wang Chung, and Hues became the band's official lead vocalist. After the summer tour for POTC in 1984, Costin left the band to pursue a solo career. Despite not having a full-time drummer, Wang Chung continued to thrive. For the next six years, Wang Chung enjoyed success, especially in England and the USA.
Post-Wang Chung era (1991–present)
By the early 1990s, Wang Chung lost its motivation to continue with music in an industry dominated by MTV and decided to disband in 1991. Before the break-up, Hues scored the soundtrack for the 1990 film, The Guardian. The director of the film, William Friedkin, chose Hues because of the work he did on his 1985 film, To Live and Die in L.A.. He also made a solo album, The Anatomy Project, in 1992. However, for reasons unknown, his solo debut album has yet to be released, as of June 2007. In 1994, Tony Banks of Genesis heard samples of Hues’ work. He admired it, and asked him to compose a new album together. On 11 September 1995, Strictly Inc was released solely in the UK. The album received mixed reviews. In 1997, he and Nick Feldman briefly reunited.
In 2005, Wang Chung appeared on Hit Me, Baby, One More Time. They performed their most popular song, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight", along with "Hot in Herre" by Nelly. The reaction the fanbase gave the band was enough inspiration to resuscitate Wang Chung, and work on a new album. As of June 2007, no word of the new album's release date was published. However, on the band's website, it stated that the album is almost near completion, and a new recording deal is in the works.
In 2002 Jack created a new jazz-influenced band with Sam Bailey called The Quartet. They recorded their first album 'Illuminated' in 2004 and their second 'Shattering' in 2007 – both released to critical acclaim . Along with Wang Chung, he is currently active with The-Quartet, which is signed with Helium Records. The record company is headed by Chris Hughes, who helped produce Wang Chung's Points on the Curve in 1984.
Ryder's stage name, "Jack Hues", is a play on the French phrase, j'accuse, which means "I accuse" in English. He has a daughter, Violet, and two sons, Harry and Jack.