Loose Ends (band)

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Loose Ends
Carl McIntosh in 2018
Carl McIntosh in 2018
Background information
Also known asLoose End
OriginLondon, England
Years active1980–1990, 1998, 2005, 2020–present
Past members
  • Steve Nichol
  • Jane Eugene

Loose Ends (also known as Loose End) are a British R&B band that had several hit records throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s. The trio was formed in London in 1980, initially comprising vocalist and guitarist Carl McIntosh, vocalist Jane Eugene, and keyboard player Steve Nichol.[1]

Despite having seen success throughout the 1980s, both Nichol and Eugene left the group in 1989, bringing an end to the band's most successful phase.


Loose Ends signed with Virgin Records in 1981 under the name 'Loose End'.[2] Some of 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.[2] The trio changed its name to Loose Ends in 1983 and continued to record for Virgin. They were distributed in the U.S. by MCA Records.[2]

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. Together the trio achieved their first success with "Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)" in 1985, which reached No. 13 in the British chart.[3] "Hangin' on a String" also reached No. 1 on the US Billboard R&B chart, making Loose Ends the first African-British band ever to top that chart.[4] They reached No. 16 with the single "Magic Touch" in the same year.[3] The disc was produced in the US, as was their 1986 hit "Slow Down" (later used as the theme music for Canadian MuchMusic's Soul in the City program). At this time, Carl McIntosh 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[1] due to differences in its proposed musical direction. Eugene and Nichol decided to leave, and were replaced by Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman. Look How Long[1] 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).[2] McIntosh himself went on to work behind the recording desk with the new members and has continued to do that to date. He has since produced several artists' work, most notably that of Caron Wheeler, Ruth Joy and Kwesi.[1]


During the year of 2015, McIntosh was interviewed by Daniel Falconer of the celebrity magazine Female First to speak about his top 10 career moments.[5] Also in the same year, he participated in a charity fundraising event in Glasgow, Scotland in aid of supporting Gambia.[6] In 2016, leading Toronto newspaper Now interviewed McIntosh on how he was seen as being responsible for introducing Toronto to UK soul music in the 1980s and 1990s.[7] In 2017, McIntosh was asked by Red Bull Music Academy in the Australian city of Melbourne, to speak about how he previously produced Loose Ends' songs.[8] During 2020, Smooth Radio presenter Angie Greaves interviewed McIntosh on how he continued with Loose Ends without the former members explaining how the group did not break up when two members left.[9]

Soon after, McIntosh was asked by Roland Corporation music to discuss and demonstrate how he produced the drum programming using the legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine for the hit song "Hangin' on a String (Contemplating)". McIntosh went into great detail explaining how it was produced.[10]

McIntosh continues to perform, writing new songs under the name Loose Ends with the line-up from 1990, Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman.[11] In 2021, Loose Ends signed a new record deal with the British hip hop label Digital Jukebox Records to release new singles and albums.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
1984 A Little Spice
  • First studio album
  • Release date: 25 May 1984
  • Label: Virgin, MCA
46 46 5
1985 So Where Are You?
  • Second studio album
  • Release date: 10 August 1985
  • Label: Virgin
13 33
1986 Zagora
  • Third studio album
  • Release date: 7 May 1986
  • Label: Virgin, MCA
15 59 7
1988 The Real Chuckeeboo
  • Fourth studio album
  • Release date: 18 June 1988
  • Label: Virgin, MCA
52 66 80 16
1990 Look How Long
  • Fifth studio album
  • Release date: 16 September 1990
  • Label: 10, MCA
19 124 28
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peaks
1992 Tighten Up Vol. 1
  • First compilation album
  • Release date: 7 September 1992
  • Label: 10
2003 The Best of Loose Ends
  • Second compilation album
  • Release date: 27 May 2003
  • Label: EMI
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Dance
1982 "In the Sky"
"We've Arrived"
1983 "Don't Hold Back Your Love"
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 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 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"
2021 "Gonna Make You Mine (Forever More)"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ a b c d "Loose Ends Page". Soulwalking.co.uk. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 328. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Nick Martinelli Biography". AllMusic.
  5. ^ Falconer, Daniel (13 November 2015). "Carl McIntosh talks about his top 10 career moments". Female First. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  6. ^ Brenan, Victoria (18 April 2015). "Singer supports Glasgow fundraisers". The Glasgow Evening Times Newspaper. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ Patrick, Ryan B. "How Loose Ends introduced Toronto to UK soul music in the 80s and 90s". Now Toronto Newspaper. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Tying Up Some Loose Ends with Carl McIntosh, Hosted by Jeff 'Chairman' Mao". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  9. ^ Greaves, Angie. "Angie Speaks to Carl McIntosh". Angie Greaves. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  10. ^ Rosenscein, Ari. "Sound Behind the Song: 'Hangin' on a String' by Loose Ends". The Roland Music Corporation. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Carl McIntosh / Loose Ends (2014) – Soulinterviews.com – The Home of Soul Interviews". Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  12. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Loose Ends". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  13. ^ a b "NLD Charts > Loose Ends". MegaCharts. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  14. ^ a b "NZ Charts > Loose Ends". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  15. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Loose Ends". Billboard. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  16. ^ "Loose Ends: So Where Are You?". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Loose Ends: Zagora". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  18. ^ "Loose Ends: Look How Long". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  19. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Loose Ends". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 23 February 2013.

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