Loose Ends (band)

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Loose Ends
OriginLondon, England
GenresSoul, R&B, post-disco, urban contemporary
Years active1980–1990, 1998, 2005
LabelsVirgin Records (UK
Associated actsNick Martinelli, Leon Ware
MembersCarl McIntosh
Past membersSteve Nichol, Jane Eugene
Other Session Singers:
Laurneá Wilkerson
Linda Carriere
Sunay Suleyman

Loose Ends was a successful British R&B band that had several urban contemporary hits. The trio was formed in London in 1980, initially comprising vocalist and guitarist Carl McIntosh, vocalist Jane Eugene, and keyboard player, writer and founder Steve Nichol. The latter two left the group in 1989 due to poor progression and since their departure the newer Loose Ends sound has gained higher chart positions globally and a wider fan base in the R&B genre through Carl McIntosh's production skills.


The group was originally called Loose End, and signed with Virgin Records in 1981. Their debut material was written for them by Chris Amoo and Eddie Amoo, who had achieved UK Singles Chart success of their own in the 1970s, with their group The Real Thing. The trio changed its name to Loose Ends in 1983 and continued to record for Virgin. They were distributed in the United States by MCA Records.

The group was founded by Steve Nichol after he left the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Nichol went on to tour with The Jam in 1982 as a trumpet, trombone and keyboard player. They achieved their first success with "Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)" in 1985, which reached No. 13 in the UK chart.[1] "Hangin' on a String" also reached No. 1 on the US Billboard R&B chart, making Loose Ends the first black British band ever to top that chart.[2] They reached No. 16 with the single "Magic Touch" in the same year.[1] The disc was produced in the US, as was their 1986 hit "Slow Down" (later used as the theme music for MuchMusic's Soul in The City program). At this time, they also arranged and played on a number of tracks from Five Star's debut album including the single "Let Me Be The One" which reached number two in the same listings later in 1986. Subsequent falling sales saw the threesome notch up their final transatlantic hit in 1988 with "Watching You (Watching Me)."

The group's line-up changed in 1990 due to differences in its proposed musical direction, with Eugene and Nichol wanting to maintain the group's sound and McIntosh wanting to be more experimental.[citation needed] Eugene and Nichol decided to leave, and were replaced by Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman. Look How Long turned out to be the final studio album released under the Loose Ends name, and featured their final hit single, "Don't Be A Fool" (1990). McIntosh himself went on to work behind the recording desk following the group's peak popularity, but the new trio soon disbanded. He has since produced several artists' work, most notably that of Caron Wheeler, Ruth Joy and Kwesi[3].

In 1998, the group reunited to appear on a single by Pete Rock called "Take Your Time." They also appeared in the music video for the track.

"Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)" is featured in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional Soul/R&B radio station The Vibe 98.8.

Loose Ends continues to perform as 'Loose Ends' since the 1990 album Look How Long which was produced, composed and written by Carl McIntosh which came out on Virgin Records. Past members, Eugene and Nichol were replaced with new members, including vocalists Sunay Suleyman and Linda Carrière[4]. Carl McIntosh, the original and sole copyright owner of the name, continues to perform under the name 'Loose Ends'[5].


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications Record label

1984 A Little Spice 46 46 5 Virgin
1985 So Where Are You? 13 33
1986 Zagora 15 59 7
1988 The Real Chuckeeboo 52 66 80 16
1990 Look How Long 19 124 28 10
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peaks Record label
1992 Tighten Up Vol. 1 40 10
2003 The Best of Loose Ends EMI
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1982 "In the Sky" N/A
"We've Arrived" N/A
1983 "Don't Hold Back Your Love" N/A
1984 "Tell Me What You Want" 74 29 A Little Spice
"Emergency (Dial 999)" 41
"Choose Me (Rescue Me)" 59 47 25
1985 "Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)" 13 30 26 33 12 43 1 12 A Little Spice / So Where Are You?
"Magic Touch" 16 23 So Where Are You?
"Golden Years" 59
1986 "Stay a Little While, Child" 52 18 49 Zagora
"Slow Down" 27 1 42
"Nights of Pleasure" 42 58
1987 "Ooh, You Make Me Feel" 77
"You Can't Stop the Rain" 32 So Where Are You? / Zagora
1988 "Mr. Bachelor" 50 11 The Real Chuckeeboo
"Watching You" 83 2
1989 "Life" 32
1990 "Don't Be a Fool" 13 88 10 50 Look How Long
"Love's Got Me" 40 76
1991 "Cheap Talk" 92 28
"Time Is Ticking"
1992 "Hangin' on a String" (Frankie Knuckles Remix) 25 Tighten Up Vol. 1
"Magic Touch" (Remix) 75
1993 "My Way" N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 328. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Nick Martinelli at AllMusic
  3. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Kwesi-Testimony/release/921917
  4. ^ "Loose Ends - Look How Long". Discogs. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Carl McIntosh / Loose Ends (2014) – Soulinterviews.com – The Home of Soul Interviews". Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Loose Ends". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  7. ^ a b "NLD Charts > Loose Ends". MegaCharts. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  8. ^ a b "NZ Charts > Loose Ends". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Loose Ends". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  10. ^ a b c "UK Certified Awards Search > Loose Ends". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  11. ^ "BEL Charts > Loose Ends". VRT Top 30. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Loose Ends". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 23 February 2013.

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