Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Haircut One Hundred: Love Plus One

While Haircut One Hundred had four Top 40 hit singles in the UK, they had one minor hit in the US “Love Plus One.” It only charted at #37 in 1982; however, it was a #3 record in their native land. “Love Plus One” also charted at #8 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play and #18 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.

Haircut One Hundred was fronted by guitarist/vocalist Nick Heyward who also was the band’s primary song writer. “Love Plus One” was featured on the band’s debut LP “Pelican West.” Their sound was mixture of styles and was similar to The Beat or The English Beat as they were known in the US.

I loved this album when it was released, but upon listening to some of it recently, I realize that it didn’t have the staying power as other LPs from the early 80s. The single still sounds good though. I love the driving bass, sax, and percussion on this number.

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