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Originally posted on dereksmusicblog:
LOOSE ENDS-A LITTLE SPICE.
After Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene and Steve Nichol founded Loose Ends in 1981, the group went on to record five albums between 1984 and 1990. During this time, they also released nearly twenty singles, two of which Hanging On A String(Contemplating) in 1985 and Slow Down in 1986 reached number one in the US R&B Charts. Loose Ends’ fusion of Philly soul and London R&B, lead to the band becoming one of the biggest UK soul and R&B groups. Their music was just as popular on both sides of the Atlantic during this period. Although best known for the 1985 hit Hanging On A String(Contemplating), there’s much more to Loose Ends’ music than just one single. They were signed to Virgin Records in 1981, releasing a trio of singles before they released their debut album A Little Spice, which was rereleased by SoulMusic.com in November 2011. However, before I tell you about their debut album, I’ll tell you about Loose Ends’ career up until the release of A Little Spice.
When Steve Nichol and Jane Eugene met at a party at The Guildhall School of Music in 1981, the pair decided to form a group. Steve a keyboard player, was a talented music student, influenced by Herbie Hancock and The Crusaders, while Jane would become the vocalist. Together they started writing songs, while the group had grown to include about nine members. It was then Steve and Jane realized they needed another member, a bass player. That’s where Carl McIntosh came in. Having auditioned a number of bass players, they realized that Carl was the one straight away. Not only did he play bass, but he could also play guitar. That was the clincher, and Loose End was born. After that, the rest of the group were fired, with Loose End becoming a trio. However, this original name had to be changed, when a company of the same name threatened the group with a lawsuit. So an s was added, and the group would become Loose Ends.