Nick Heyward

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Nick Heyward
Nick Heyward 2015.jpg
Nick Heyward at Let's Rock Bristol, June 2015.
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Heyward
Born (1961-05-20) 20 May 1961 (age 54)
Beckenham, Kent, England
Genres Pop, rock, new wave, alternative, indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1980–present
Labels Arista 1981-1986
Reprise 1988-1989
Epic 1993-1996
Creation 1997-1998
Associated acts Haircut 100
Boogie Box High

Nick Heyward (born 20 May 1961 in Beckenham, Kent)[1] is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist known for being the frontman of the early 1980s band Haircut 100 and for his successful solo career. Journalist Matthew Wright has stated that Heyward "provided the soundtrack for the '80s".[2]


Early life[edit]

Born in Beckenham, Heyward spent his early years in and around south London. He attended Kelsey Park School for Boys where he studied art and photography. He left school at 16 to work as a commercial artist.[3]

Haircut One Hundred[edit]

Heyward and school friends Graham Jones and Les Nemes,[4] the core of Haircut One Hundred, started bands together as far back as 1977. They were first known as Rugby, then the Boat Party, Captain Pennyworth and Moving England, before settling on Haircut One Hundred.[5] The band signed with Arista Records in 1981 and had four UK Top 10 singles between 1981—82.[6] Their debut album, Pelican West (1982), written by Heyward, reached No. 2. It was Certified Platinum[7] by the British Phonographic Industry and Heyward was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Song for "Love Plus One" in 1982.[citation needed]

Work on the band's second album commenced in October 1982 but, in January 1983, a statement was issued confirming that Heyward had left the band and percussionist Marc Fox had taken over on vocals. At the time of the announcement, Heyward told Smash Hits magazine that he had been contemplating going solo for a while and had already recorded some tracks with session musicians.[8] However, many years later, Heyward stated that he had been struggling with stress and depression at the time after a year of constant work and pressure which led to him being, in effect, sacked by the other members of the band.[9][10]

Solo career[edit]

Heyward's solo career took off in March 1983 with the single "Whistle Down The Wind", which reached No. 13 in the UK Singles Chart.[11] Two further Top 20 hits followed: "Take That Situation" (#11) and "Blue Hat for a Blue Day" (#14).[11] His debut solo album, North of a Miracle, was released in October 1983 and peaked at No. 10 in the UK. Three follow-up singles to the album, "Love All Day", "Warning Sign" and "Laura", were all UK Top 40 hits.[11]

Postcards From Home, Heyward's second solo album, was released in 1986 and featured the hit singles "Over the Weekend" and "Goodbye Yesterday".[11] By 1988, he had moved to Warner Bros. Records and released his third album, I Love You Avenue, which included the hit single "You're My World".

Heyward's 1993 album, From Monday to Sunday, on Epic Records, featured a more classic rock style.[12] and brought him his first hits of the 1990s. The first single, "Kite", reached No. 44 in the UK Singles Charts[11] and No. 4 in Billboard magazine's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.[13] Over the next two years, he toured regularly, particularly in the US, where he played alongside bands like Belly, The Lemonheads, Mazzy Star and Therapy?.[citation needed]

In 1995, Heyward released his second Epic Records album, Tangled, providing him with a UK Top 40 Single "Rollerblade".[11]

Creation Records released The Apple Bed (1998), which is Heyward's most recent major label release. It featured three singles, "Today", "The Man You Used to Be" and "Stars In Her Eyes".[14]

Since 1998, Heyward has released two independent albums: Open Sesame Seed (2001), a collaboration with British actor/singer Greg Ellis, and featuring Ellis reading Heyward's poetry to the accompaniment of Heyward's musical backing; and The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper (2006), an album of songs recorded with singer/actress India Dupre.[15]

In November 2013, Nick Heyward announced on his website that he is in the process of recording a new album with his son, Oliver Heyward.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Heyward married Glaswegian Marion Killen in 1987. They had two children, Oliver and Katie, before divorcing in 2000.[17] He currently lives in Stoke Row.[18]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Pelican West
(Haircut 100 album)
2 31 29 12 BPI: Platinum[7]
North of a Miracle
  • Released: 14 Oct 1983
  • Label: Arista (NORTH1)
  • Format: LP, CS
10 BPI: Gold[21]
Postcards From Home
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Arista (610461)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
I Love You Avenue
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Reprise (925 758-1)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
From Monday to Sunday
  • Released: 7 Dec 1993
  • Label: Epic (EK 57755)
  • Format: CD, LP
  • Released: 9 Oct 1995
  • Label: Epic (4811732)
  • Format: CD
The Apple Bed
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: Creation (CRECD 210)
  • Format: CD
Open Sesame Seed
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Private release
  • Format: CD
The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Up the Ante
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Hot 100
Bubbling Under
Adult con.
1981 "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" 4 41 50[23] 32 BPI: Silver[7] Pelican West
(Haircut 100 album)
1982 "Love Plus One" 3 37 18 8 18 22 BPI: Gold[7]
"Fantastic Day" 9 29
"Nobody's Fool" 9
1983 "Whistle Down the Wind" 13 20 North of a Miracle
"Take That Situation" 11
"Blue Hat for a Blue Day" 14
"On a Sunday" 52
1984 "Love All Day" 31 Non-album single
"My Pure Lady"
"Warning Sign" 25
1985 "Laura" 45
1986 "Over the Weekend" 43 Postcards From Home
"Goodbye Yesterday"
1988 "You're My World" 67 I Love You Avenue
1989 "Tell Me Why"
1993 "Kite" 44 107 4 From Monday to Sunday
"He Doesn't Love You Like I Do" 58 55
1995 "The World" 47 Tangled
1996 "Rollerblade" 37
1997 "Today" The Apple Bed
"The Man You Used to Be"
1998 "Stars in Her Eyes"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts, David (1998). Guinness Rockopedia (1st ed.). London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 183. ISBN 0-85112-072-5. 
  2. ^ The Wright Stuff. Channel 5. 23 June 2015.
  3. ^ Rice, Maureen (19 Jun 1985). "Love, Money and Perfect Pop" (jpg). Smash Hits (Flickr: EMAP). pp. 58–59. Retrieved 8 Jul 2015. 
  4. ^ Stand, Mike (4 Feb 1982). "Bitz" (jpg). Smash Hits (Flickr: EMAP). p. 11. Retrieved 8 Jul 2015. 
  5. ^ Ellen, Mark (29 Apr 1982). "The Boy Wonder" (jpg). Smash Hits. Vol. 4 no. 9 (Flickr: EMAP). pp. 28, 31. Retrieved 10 Apr 2014. 
  6. ^ "Haircut 100". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 30 Jun 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d "British Phonographic Industry". 23 Jun 1982. Retrieved 18 Jul 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bitz: Cuts Up". Smash Hits. Vol. 5 no. 3 (EMAP Metro). 3 Feb 1983. p. 13. 
  9. ^ Williams, Andrew (26 Jan 2011). "Facebook is the reason Haircut One Hundred are reuniting". Metro. Retrieved 8 Nov 2011. 
  10. ^ Tennant, Neil (31 Mar 1983). "Back to Square One". Smash Hits (jpg) (Flickr: EMAP). p. 14. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nick Heyward". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 29 Jun 2015. 
  12. ^ "Allmusic: Nick Heyward". Retrieved 21 Mar 2009. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nick Heyward". Billboard. Retrieved 30 Jun 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Apple Bed". Retrieved 30 Jun 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper". Retrieved 30 Jun 2015. 
  16. ^ "New album update". Retrieved 30 Jun 2015. 
  17. ^ "BEYOND THE FRINGE; Oasis boss gives Haircut 100 star new lease of life". Daily Record (Scotland) (Trinity Mirror). 1988. Archived from the original on 2014. Retrieved 8 Jul 2015. 
  18. ^ "Nick Heyward". Henley Life: 7. Aug 2014. Retrieved 8 Jul 2015. 
  19. ^ Steffen Hung. "Sweden charts portal". Retrieved 8 Jul 2015. 
  20. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". Retrieved 8 Jul 2015. 
  21. ^ "British Phonographic Industry". 24 Nov 1983. Retrieved 18 Jul 2015. 
  22. ^ "Nick Heyward". Offizielle Deutsche Charts. Retrieved 6 Oct 2015. 
  23. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955 - 2002. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 297. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 

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