So no puns no nothing just a really positive little write up where we say to you our lovely readers, if you haven’t heard of cutting crew or simply thought the new hair salon down the road was the only place you had heard the name, then shame on you as they were responsible for one of the best hits of the ‘80s and more than that they have been all over some of your fave video games too , so here we go , if you hadn’t heard of them before read on and appreciate what you have been missing. The Grammy-nominated rock band were formed in England in 1985 by ever-present singer and guitarist, Nick Van Eede with original guitarist, writer and fellow-conspirator from Canada, Kevin MacMichael, Literally within months, the band signed with Siren Records/Virgin on the strength of their melody-rich demos alone.
Cutting Crew, becoming a foursome in 1986, entered the studio the same year to record the multi-million selling debut Broadcast album, one year before “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” exploded and made them stars at home and in the USA where it hit the number one spot in the charts and has so far garnered 5 million plays on the radio in that country alone!
It has since become something of a popular culture icon, finding its way into films such as Hot Tub Time Machine; smash-hit TV series as varied as Stranger Things and Ash Vs Evil Dead and video games such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. “I’ve Been in Love Before” and “One for the Mockingbird” also enjoyed massive worldwide radio play, reaching the Top 10 and Top 20 Billboard singles charts respectively and the band began their love affair for touring with worldwide stops as opening act for such groups as The Bangles, Starship and Huey Lewis & the News, as well as their own sell-out headline shows.
Cutting Crew released an award-winning sophomore album, The Scattering, in 1989 and a third in 1992, Compus Mentus. Sadly, after the death of his friend and founder member Kevin, there was an obviously long silence but Nick eventually chose to revive the band the following decade, featuring a radically different line-up, releasing the edgy Grinning Souls recorded in Kevin’s hometown in Nova Scotia in 2006 and the remarkable Add to Favourites in 2015.
The band continues to tour the world to rapturous receptions, with very recent visits to Mexico, Canada, Australia and Japan reinforcing their global popularity. Released this Spring, “Ransomed Healed Restored Forgiven” is a welcome reminder of a band who have always delivered beautiful, classy anthems for the past 4 decades.
2) (I Just) Died in Your Arms
3) I’ve Been in Love Before
4) Everything but My Pride
5) One for the Mockingbird
6) No Problem Child
8) Any Colour
9) Climb Aboard
10) Berlin in Winter
11) (I Just) Died in Your Arms – Reprise