In 1981 and 1982, Haircut 100 lit up the charts with music so cuddly and safe it could only have ever followed the terror of punk as some kind of PG Certificate antidote.
Love Plus One and Fantastic Day were gorgeous pop songs, elevating Beckenham (Kent) lad Nick Heyward to perfect pop star status - an eternal teenager with dimples and catalogue clothes.
By 1983 Heyward had "gone solo" and while Blue Hat For A Blue Day was as honeyed as anything he'd ever done, his songs were becoming increasingly bland.
Nonetheless his solo career proved quite fruitful, with several albums and hits such as Whistle Down The Wind, Take That Situation and Warning Sign.
A mid-90's attempt at reinvention on Creation failed to re-ignite the spark. The 'Let's Go Round Again' Tour of 2002 featured Nick Heyward along with Go West and Curiosity Killed The Cat.
Mark 'Ilford' Fox