loose endsLoose Ends are a British R&B band from London, England that originally consisted of founder & keyboardist Steve Nichol, singer Jane Eugene and guitarist Carl McIntosh.

The band was founded by Steve after leaving the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he got extensive classical music training. Originally called Loose End, they signed a record deal with Virgin Records in 1981.

Between 1982 and 1983, the band released three singles “In the Sky,” “We’ve Arrived” and “Don’t Hold Back Your Love”, but neither of them made the charts. By 1983, they changed their name to Loose Ends and signed a U.S. record deal with MCA Records in 1984.
Tell Me What You Want
In February of that same year, Loose Ends released the first single from their upcoming debut album “Tell Me What You Want” which peaked at #74 on the U.K. Singles chart. In the U.S., the song managed to peak at #29 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
emergency
Their follow-up single “Emergency (Dial 999)” peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart.
a little spiceIn May of 1984, Loose Ends released their debut album “A Little Spice” which peaked at #46 on the U.K. Albums chart. In the U.S., it peaked at #46 on the Billboard 200 and #9 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
choose me
Their third single from the album “Choose Me (Rescue Me)” peaked at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart, #25 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #47 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
hanging on a string
The last single from the album “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)” became a hit for Loose Ends, peaking at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart, #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart for a week in July of 1985 (making them the first British band to top the Billboard R&B charts) & stayed on the chart for 21 weeks.

In 1992, a remixed version of the song peaked at #25 on the U.K. Singles chart.
so where are youIn August of 1985, Loose Ends released their sophomore album “So Where Are You?” which peaked at #13 on the U.K. Albums chart and #33 on the album charts in New Zealand. The album features their hit single “Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating)” [which appeared on the U.S. version of their debut album].
magic touchThe lead single from the album “Magic Touch” peaked at #16 on the U.K. Singles chart. A remixed version of the song peaked at #75 in 1992.
golden yearsThe follow-up single, a cover version of David Bowie’s song “Golden Years” peaked at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart.
zagoraIn May of 1986, Loose Ends released their third album “Zagora” which peaked at #59 on the Billboard 200 chart, #15 on the U.K. Albums chart and #7 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
Stay A Little While, ChildThe lead single from the album “Stay a Little While, Child” peaked at #52 on the U.K. Singles chart, #49 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #18 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
Slow DownThe second single “Slow Down” topped Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart for a week in March of 1987, staying on the chart for 21 weeks. It also peaked at #27 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it the highest charting single from the album.
nights of pleasureThe third single from the album “Nights of Pleasure” peaked at #42 on the U.K. Singles chart and #58 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
ooh you make me feelThe fourth single “Ooh, You Make Me Feel” peaked at #77 on the U.K. Singles chart, but didn’t appear to chart in the U.S.
can't stop rainThe last single from the album “You Can’t Stop the Rain” peaked at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks, but didn’t appear to chart in the U.K.
the real chuckeeboo
In 1988, Loose Ends released their fourth album “The Real Chuckeeboo” which peaked at #52 on the U.K. Albums chart, #80 on the Billboard 200 chart and #16 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
mr bachelorThe lead single from the album “Mr. Bachelor” peaked at #50 on the U.K. Singles chart and #11 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
watching youThe follow-up single “Watching You” flopped in the U.K., peaking at #82 on the U.K. Singles chart, but was successful in the U.S. where it peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
lifeThe last single from the album “Life” didn’t chart in the U.K., but managed to peak at #32 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 8 weeks.

Loose Ends’ fourth album would be the last album to feature all three original members of the band. By 1990, Jane Eugene and Steve Nichol left the band due to creative differences. They were replaced by musicians Linda Carriere and Sunay Suleyman.
look how longDuring that same year, the band released their last album to date “Look How Long” which peaked at #19 on the U.K. Albums chart, #124 on the Billboard 200 and #28 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It was also certified Silver by the BPI in the U.K.
dont be a foolThe lead single from the album “Don’t Be a Fool” peaked at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart and #10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. It also peaked at #50 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
love's got meThe follow-up single “Love’s Got Me” peaked at #40 on the U.K. Singles chart and #76 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 9 weeks.
cheap talkThe third single “Cheap Talk” flopped on the charts, peaking at #92 on the U.K. Singles chart, but faired better in the U.S. where it peaked at #28 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
time is tickingThe last single from the album “Time is Ticking” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
my wayAfter the release of their last album, Loose Ends disbanded, but in 1993, they released the single “My Way” which didn’t chart at all.

Carl McIntosh went on to produce & write music for other artists such as Caron Wheeler, Ruth Joy, Danny Madden, Lavine Hudson, Rakim, Beverley Knight and Pete Rock (whom the band reunited & appeared on his single “Take Your Time” in 1998).

In 2006, the original band line-up reunited in Los Angeles & Atlanta and since then, the band has been performing stateside under the name “Loose Ends, featuring Jane Eugene” with Steve Nichols making periodic guest appearances.

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To see a fan-made video for “Stay a While, Child,” go to:

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To see a fan-made video for “You Can’t Stop the Rain,” go to:

To see the music video for “Mr. Bachelor,” go to:

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To see a fan-made video for “Life,” go to:

To see the music video for “Don’t Be a Fool,” go to:

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