Thursday, February 28, 2008

Artist Influence Central #2


The artists that I would like to profile this week make up the group Loose Ends. Loose Ends definitely were ahead of their time in that there music served as a prequel to what we now call "Neo-Soul". I can remember jammin' their songs, "Hanging On A String", "Slow Down" and "Mr. Bachelor" in my little jam box.

One of the top British dance and urban contemporary trios in the early '80s, Loose Ends formed in London. They were originally called Loose End, and included Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene, and Steve Nichol. Virgin signed them in 1981, and their debut was written by Chris and Eddie Amoo of the Real Thing. The group changed its name to Loose Ends in 1983, and signed with MCA in America in 1984. Their single "Hanging on a String (Contemplating)" topped the R&B charts in 1985, and they repeated that achievement in 1986 with "Slow Down." Their last hit was "Watching You" in 1988, which reached number two. The group shuffled its lineup in 1990 for the release of Look How Long, with McIntosh now joined by Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman. McIntosh also produced several artists, notably Caron Wheeler.

A good friend of mine, Lost Soul put this mix out a couple of years ago and I just fell in love with the mix. Good stuff Los!!! Please find attached Lost Soul's mix.

Ends Loose (Circa '05) - Lost Soul

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