Nick Heyward

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Nick Heyward
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Nick Heyward at Let's Rock Bristol, June 2015. Photograph by Andrew D. Hurley.
Background information
Birth name Nicholas Heyward
Born (1961-05-20) 20 May 1961 (age 54)
Beckenham, Kent, England
Genres Pop, new wave
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass
Years active 1980–present
Labels Arista, Reprise, Warner, Epic, Creation
Associated acts Haircut One Hundred, Boogie Box High
Website nickheyward.com

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 One Hundred and for his successful solo career. Journalist Matthew Wright has stated that Heyward "provided the soundtrack for the '80s".[2]

Haircut One Hundred[edit]

Nick Heyward, guitarist Graham Jones and bassist Les Nemes, the core of Haircut 100, 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 100.[3] The band signed with Arista Records in 1981 and had four UK Top 10 singles between 1981—82.[4] Their debut album, Pelican West (1982), written by Heyward, reached No. 2. It was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry[citation needed] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] Two further Top 20 hits followed: "Take That Situation" (#11) and "Blue Hat for a Blue Day" (#14).[7] 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.[7]

Postcards From Home, Heyward's second solo album, was released in 1986 and featured the hit singles "Over the Weekend" and "Goodbye Yesterday".[7] 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.[8] and brought him his first hits of the 1990s. The first single, "Kite", reached No. 44 in the UK Singles Charts[7] and No. 4 in Billboard magazine's Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.[9] 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".[7]

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".[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Whistle Down the Wind" (1983) No. 13 UK,[13] No. 20 US AC[8]
  • "Take That Situation" (1983) No. 11 UK
  • "Blue Hat for a Blue Day" (1983) No. 14 UK
  • "On a Sunday" (1983) No. 52 UK
  • "Love All Day" (1984) No. 31 UK
  • "My Pure Lady" (1984) Japan only
  • "Warning Sign" (1984) No. 25 UK
  • "Laura" (1985) No. 45 UK
  • "Over the Weekend" (1986) No. 43 UK
  • "Goodbye Yesterday" (1986)
  • "You're My World" (1988) No. 67 UK
  • "Tell Me Why" (1989)
  • "He Doesn't Love You Like I Do" (1993) No. 58 UK
  • "Kite" (1993) No. 44 UK, No. 4 US Modern Rock,[8] No. 107 US
  • "The World" (1995) No. 47 UK
  • "Rollerblade" (1996) No. 37 UK
  • "The Man I Used to Be" (1997)
  • "Today" (1997)
  • "The Stars in Her Eyes" (1998)

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ Ellen, Mark (29 April 1982). "The Boy Wonder (interview with Nick Heyward)". Smash Hits (EMAP Metro) 4 (9): p28,31. 
  4. ^ "Haircut 100". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Bitz: "Cuts Up" (Haircut 100 article)". Smash Hits (EMAP Metro) 5 (3): p13. 3 February 1983. 
  6. ^ "Andrew Williams, "Nick Heyward: Facebook is the reason Haircut One Hundred are reuniting", Metro, 26 January 2011". Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Nick Heyward". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Allmusic: Nick Heyward". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 21 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "Nick Heyward". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  10. ^ "The Apple Bed". NickHeyward.com. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  11. ^ "The Mermaid and the Lighthouse Keeper". NickHeyward.com. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  12. ^ "New album update". NickHeyward.com. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  13. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 251/252. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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