Song:Hangin' On A String
Album:The Best Of Loose Ends
The 80s R&B group Loose Ends were very successful in their native England. They also had success in the US with the 1985 hit Hangin' On A String. Keyboard player Steve Nichol was on tour with The Jam in 1982. He met guitarist Carl McIntosh at a bar in London and he met singer Jane Eugene at a fashion show. They decided to form Loose Ends and signed with Virgin Records. All three sang and were credited with songwriting. They released a couple of singles and then recorded the 1984 album A Little Spice with veteran producer Nick Martinelli. Then they signed in the US with MCA. Hangin' On A String was actually recorded for the 1985 album So Where Are You? But when the song began to get airplay in the US, MCA tacked it on to the US release of A Little Spice. The single topped the R&B Singles chart. Loose Ends scored a couple of other R&B hits and they were also successful in England. After four albums, Nichol and Eugene left and McIntosh recorded a final Loose Ends album in 1990 with two new members. You can get all their hits on this comp. McIntosh went on to produce Caron Wheeler. And Nichol and Eugene also got into songwriting and production. Loose Ends reunited a couple of times and there were plans for a long term reformation in 2010. But they never recorded and it doesn't look like anything ever developed. Here's the video for Hangin' On A String by Loose Ends.