80s icons return with new music

Johnny Hates Jazz are back with a brand new album and a new single

Having been one of the bands to dominate the eighties with big songs like Shattered Dreams and Turn Back the Clock and now with 500,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, and over 25 Million plays on the remastered version of Shattered Dreams alone, it’s clear that Johnny Hates Jazz fans aren’t going anywhere.

After 20 years without speaking to one and other, having gone their separate ways in the late 1980s, Clark Datchler and Mike Nocito reunited in 2009 to write and record new material. 

The pair, who have often been outspoken about the economic pressures on younger musicians to write music ‘for entertainment’s sake’ rather than value the song writing and production process, spent two years on the record. “We always take a long time writing and recording, and when we started the new album... we tried to set the bar high for ourselves, as quality is everything.” The result is possibly their most poignant body of
work to date. Uplifting, hopeful, and socially-conscious, the new album entitled Wide Awake is due for release on 14th August.

Leading the charge is the first single Spirit Of Love. Though written before the global pandemic that we currently find ourselves living through, the lyrics couldn’t be more relevant.

A deliberate move away from their recognisable brand of 80’s pop, the groove is utterly intrinsic to the song and harkens back to a classic 1970’s feel, which bridges R&B with rock.

Spirit Of Love is available now and impacts on the 24 July 2020. 


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