Soho (band)

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Soho (1991)
Background information
Origin England
Genres Pop, alternative dance
Years active 1989–1999
Labels Atco Records, Rhino Entertainment
Associated acts Groovalax, Copenhagen
Past members Jacqueline Cuff
Pauline Cuff
Timothy London
Dukie D
Liam Gillick
Eds Chesters
Leigh Gorman
Barry Smith

Soho was an English pop trio, consisting of the sisters Jacqueline (Jacqui) Cuff and Pauline Cuff, with Timothy London. Other members of the group over the years have been Dukie D (original programmer and electro-visionary), Liam Gillick (now a well-known artist - Gillick added live bites from vinyl at early gigs), Eds Chesters (now of The Bluetones), Leigh Gorman (ex Bow Wow Wow) and Barry Smith (of Add N To X). Also for a while, Bob and Henry Morris, who previously played with the trio when they were known as Groovalax.


The group is known for their hit song "Hippychick" (composed by Timothy London), which was a Top 15 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart hit in December 1990, and a Top 10 hit single in the UK Singles Chart in 1991.[1] The song featured a sample from The Smiths' recording "How Soon Is Now?" sequenced over a Soul II Soul rhythm. London told Mojo magazine that it "was written as a blues before The Smiths' samples and the rhythm were added".[2] "Hippychick" also went to number two for two weeks on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.[3]

Previous to the release of "Hippychick", Soho recorded three albums for Virgin subsidiary Hedd Records, although only one, Noise, was released. Subsequently, Soho released two albums on Savage/ATCO: Goddess and, in the U.S. only, Thug.

In 1991, Soho recorded a single with Adamski, "Born To Be Alive", which peaked at #51 in the UK chart.[1] In 1994, Soho signed to Magnet/Warners on the strength of two self-financed albums, recorded after Savage Records folded. The LPs (Oosh and Yard) remained unreleased until 2008, when, Yard was released on download.

During the 1990s they performed a cover version of the Icicle Works hit "Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)" for the soundtrack of the film Scream. The track "Nuthin' on my Mind" featured in the 1991 John Hughes film, Career Opportunities. "Hippy Chick" featured on the 1990 compilation album, Happy Daze.

The band attained some brief press notoriety in 1992 with their track 'Claire's Kitchen' (on Thug), which referenced the alleged affair between Prime Minister John Major and caterer Claire Latimer (which was at the time subject to libel proceedings).[4]



  • Noise (1989)
  • Goddess (1990)
  • Thug (1992)
  • Baby Baby Baby Baby (1993)
  • Yard (1994)
  • Soho - Soho (1996)
  • Another London (1997)
  • Family BC (1999)


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Alter
US Dance
1988 "Piece Of You" 80 Noise
"You Won't Hold Me Down"
1989 "Message From My Baby"
"Boy" Goddess
1990 "Hippychick" 67 62 21 7 14 11 2
1991 "Freaky" (US only) 32
"Hippychick" (UK re-release) 8
"Love Generation" 85
1992 "Ride" Thug
"Radio Soul Groove"
1996 "Stupid" Soho Soho
"—" 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. 513. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Hippychick by Soho Songfacts". Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 239. 
  4. ^ "Paedophile DJ Jimmy Savile - What I 'Knew' But Never Reported Years Ago". Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Official Charts Company: Soho". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  6. ^ "Soho - Dutch Chart". Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Soho - Australian Chart". Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Soho - New Zealand Chart". Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Soho - US Hot 100". Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Soho - US Alternative Songs". Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Soho - US Dance Club Songs". Retrieved 7 January 2016. 

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