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The Hit Parade
left-right Cath Carroll and Julian Henry.
left-right Cath Carroll and Julian Henry.
Background information
Origin London, England
Genre(s) Indie Pop/Pop/C86
Years active 1984 to present
Label(s) JSH Records, UK,
Minty Fresh, USA,
Vinyl Japan, Japan
Polystar, Japan
Sarah Records, UK
Website [[1]]
Raymond Watts
Matthew Moffatt
Julian Henry


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The Hit Parade is an independent pop music group based in London, UK. Named after the NBC US TV show Your Hit Parade which was broadcast across America in the 1950s as a showcase of the best of chart music, The Hit Parade was formed in 1984 by three British schoolfriends Raymond Watts, Matthew Moffatt and Julian Henry. The group have released five CDs and nine singles to date. This article is about the television network. ... Your Hit Parade was a popular United States music radio and television program. ...

Originally hailing from Little Chalfont and Gerrards Cross in the London suburbs, the band recorded their first three singles using a primitive recording studio located in the garage of Watt's family house. Their early records "My Favourite Girl" and "The Sun Shines In Gerrards Cross" became Singles Of The Week in Melody Maker, Record Mirror and other 1980s music publications, and were played on Radio1 by DJs including John Peel, David 'Kid' Jenson, Janice Long and others. Map sources for Little Chalfont at grid reference SU995975 Little Chalfont is a village in south east Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. ... , Gerrards Cross is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. ... Melody Maker, published in the United Kingdom, was (until its closure) the worlds oldest weekly music newspaper. ... Record Mirror was a British weekly music newspaper. ... “Peel Sessions” redirects here. ...

The group has never been commercially successful but they have earnt the respect of post punk critics, fans and label owners for their determined pursuit of pop purity. The band started as a vehicle for Julian Henry's obsession with Lennon/McCartney, Goffin/King and other post sixties pop writers. The Hit Parade has proved to be more durable than many of their peers and have stuck rigidly to the classic format of the three minute pop single. Critics have compared them to a wide range of mostly 80s British pop acts including The Jam, Postcard Records,a-Ha, Wham, Everything But The Girl, Pulp and Aztec Camera. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Independent record label founded by Alan Horne in Glasgow, 1979. ... a-ha is a Grammy Award-nominated band from Norway. ... Wham! can mean one of two things: Wham!, a 1980s British pop duo formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. ... Everything but the Girl Is a song composed and written by Tyler Buckkie of Ontario. ... Pulp can refer to: Soft shapeless substances in general. ... Aztec Camera is a Scottish New Wave music band from Glasgow. ...


The Hit Parade initially recorded exclusively for their own JSH Record label in the UK, producing hand designed 7" singles in limited editions. The first six of these singles, carrying the Catalogue No. JSH 1 - JSH 6 have become collectible. In 1985 The Hit Parade became the last group signed to UK new wave record label Stiff Records by label chief Dave Robinson. Material was recorded for Stiff but the label went out of business before anything (other than a Hit Parade track on a Stiff compilation) was released. Stiff Records is a record label created in London in 1976 by entrepreneurs Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman (aka Jake Riviera), and active until 1985. ...

In the 1990s The Hit Parade signed to the Sarah Records label and recorded "In Gunnersbury Park", an ode to Gunnersbury Park, the West London civic garden, the first of several songs referencing British landscape. Julian Henry from The Hit Parade and Harvey Williams from Another Sunny Day performed at the Sarah Records farewell concert on board the Theckler Boat, moored in Bristol harbour in 1995. There and Back Again Lane is a genuine road name near Blackwells Bookshop, Park Street, Bristol, England Sarah Records was a UK independent record label, best known for its recordings of twee pop. ... Gunnersbury Park is in Ealing, in west London. ...

During this period they played UK concerts with several indie notables, and were eventually signed to a major Japanese label. Harvey Williams, Amelia Fletcher of Tallulah Gosh and Heavenly as well as Factory Records signed Mancunian singer Cath Carroll perform on Hit Parade CDs. Amelia Fletcher (born 1966) is a British singer and guitarist. ... Talulah Gosh were a guitar-pop group from Oxford, England and one of the leading bands of the twee pop movement, taking their name from the headline of an NME interview with Clare Grogan. ... More than one band has performed under the name Heavenly. ... FAC 115: Factory Records Stationery (1984) Factory Records was a Manchester-based British independent record label, started in 1978 which featured several prominent musical acts, such as Joy Division, New Order, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, and (briefly) James and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. ... Cath Carroll is a British musician and music journalist. ...

In 2007 The Hit Parade released "The Return Of The Hit Parade" [2] their fifth album, the result of a three year collaboration between Henry and St Etienne producer / engineer / musician, Ian Catt. Their ninth single "My Stupid Band", an autobiographical story of a pop group doomed to a life of obscurity was taken from this time. The album also contains two songs set in coastal villages in Penwith, West Cornwall "The Queen Of Mousehole" and "Born In St Ives". In the same year the single "You Didn't Love Me Then" appeared on Sanctuary Records C86 double album Cd86: The Birth Of Indie Pop [3]. Saint-Étienne is a commune of France, préfecture (capital) of the Loire département. ... Mousehole Harbour See Mousehole (drilling) for the drilling term Mousehole (pronounced /Mauzl; in Cornish Porthynys) is a fishing village near Newlyn in Cornwall, United Kingdom, reputed to have one of the most beautiful harbours in the country. ... , St Ives (Cornish: ) is a seaside town, civil parish and port in the Penwith district of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. ... Sanctuary Records is a record label based in the United Kingdom and a subsidiary of Universal Records. ... Taken literally, C86 was simply a cassette given away with the (British) New Musical Express in 1986 (hence (C)assette 86). ...


A number of The Hit Parade songs identify specific locations including "See You In Havana" (Zihuatanejo, Mexico), "Huebos Mexica" (Zona Rosa, Zocalo, Mexico City), "Road To Beaconsfield" (Beaconsfield, Bull Lane Tennis Club Gerrards Cross), "Wipe Away the Tears" (Acton, London), "So This Is London" (London, Regent's Street), "Born In St Ives" (St Ives, Cornwall), "The Queen Of Mousehole" (Mousehole, Cornwall), "Westbourne Terrace W2", "Autobiography" (Goodwin Sands, Kent), "So Said Kayo" (Nagoya TV Tower, Mr Donut, Tokyo Hands Dept Store), and others. Ixtapa Beach Resort Ixtapa Playa Linda Zihuatanejo (aka: Zihuatanejo de Azueta) is a Mexican town. ... Nickname: Motto: Capital en movimiento Location of Mexico City in south central Mexico Coordinates: , Country Federal entity Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded c. ... Beaconsfield is a market town in Buckinghamshire, England lying almost 25 miles NW of London. ... , Gerrards Cross is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. ... The Quadrant at the bottom of Regent Street. ... One of these three places is famous for the nursery rhyme and riddle As I Was Going to St Ives though it is not entirely clear which. ... One of these three places is famous for the nursery rhyme and riddle As I Was Going to St Ives though it is not entirely clear which. ... For other uses, see Cornwall (disambiguation). ... Mousehole Harbour See Mousehole (drilling) for the drilling term Mousehole (pronounced /Mauzl; in Cornish Porthynys) is a fishing village near Newlyn in Cornwall, United Kingdom, reputed to have one of the most beautiful harbours in the country. ... Mousehole Harbour See Mousehole (drilling) for the drilling term Mousehole (pronounced /Mauzl; in Cornish Porthynys) is a fishing village near Newlyn in Cornwall, United Kingdom, reputed to have one of the most beautiful harbours in the country. ... For other uses, see Cornwall (disambiguation). ... The Goodwin Sands are a 10-mile long sand bank in the English Channel, lying six miles east of Deal in Kent, England. ...

The Hit Parade song Grace Darling tells the story of a 23 year old Victorian heroine who staged a dramatic rescue of the crew of a ship which had capsized in a storm close to her Lighthouse home on the Farne Islands near Bamburgh, Northumberland, in the North of England in the 1860s. The song is taken from their fourth album "The Sound of The Hit Parade". Grace Darling (November 24, 1815–October 20, 1842[1]) is one of Englands best-loved Victorian heroines, on the strength of a celebrated incident in 1838. ... The Inner Farne seen from Seahouses harbour The Farne Islands (also referred to less formally as the Farnes) are a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, England. ... Bamburgh is a large village on the coast of Northumberland, England. ... Northumberland is a county in the North East of England. ...

"Farewell My Lido" was inspired by an article in British newspaper The Independent magazine, written by journalist Ian Parker, in the 1990s concerning the need for restoration of public lidos in the UK. For other uses, see The Independent (disambiguation). ...

Many of the group's songs contain literary references, including "The Road To Beaconsfield" (George Orwell, Enid Blyton), "As I Lay Dying" (William Faulkner), "House Of Sarah" (opening passage adapted from Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited), "Huebos Mexicana" (Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Ernest Hemmingway, Malcolm Lowry, Ken Kesey), "See You In Havana" (Hemmingway) and others. Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 [1] [2] – 21 January 1950), better known by the pen name George Orwell, was an English author and journalist. ... Enid Mary Blyton (August 11, 1897–November 28, 1968) was a popular English childrens writer. ... William Cuthbert Faulkner (September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962) was an American novelist and poet whose works feature his native state of Mississippi. ... Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred & Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder is a novel by the English writer Evelyn Waugh, first published in 1945. ... Jack Kerouac (pronounced ) (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. ... William S. Burroughs. ... Ernest Hemingway, 1950. ... Malcolm Lowry (July 28, 1909 – June 26, 1957) was an English poet and novelist. ... Kenneth Elton Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) was an American author, best known for his novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, and as a counter-cultural figure who, some consider, was a link between the beat generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s. ... Hemingway can mean: Ernest Hemingway, American writer (1899 – 1961) Margaux Hemingway, American actress (1955 – 1996) Mariel Hemingway, American actress (born 1961) George Hemingway, American businessman (born 1947) Hemingway: On The Edge, a one-man American play Hemingway, South Carolina, a town in the U.S. state of South Carolina Hemingway...

Live concerts

The Hit Parade have toured irregularly. Their first concerts were in and around South Bucks. Later they played in London at The Rock Garden, The Borderline, New Cross Gate, The Mean Fiddler and many other pub / club venues.

During the 1990s The Hit Parade toured Japan four times, playing concerts in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and other cities. They toured with Stuckist artist Billy Childish and his group the Milkshakes, and later with Edwyn Collins. The band signed to Vinyl Japan and later Polystar Records. They enjoyed a Top 20 indie hit with "Hello Hannah Hello", performed at the opening of the Virgin Megastore in Shinjuku, Tokyo, appeared on MTV Japan and other TV shows. They signed to Minty Fresh Records, Chicago, USA [4]. Billy Childish (real name Steven John Hamper) or William Charlie Hamper (born December 1, 1959) is an English artist, author, poet, photographer, film maker, singer and guitarist. ... Edwyn Collins (born 1959) is a Scottish musician from Edinburgh. ... Virgin Megastores is a chain of record shops scattered throughout the world, established by Richard Branson. ... Categories: Wards of Tokyo | Japan geography stubs ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Minty Fresh is a Chicago-based record label, founded in 1993 by Jim Powers with Anthony Musiala. ...

Line up

Bass guitarist Raymond Watts is known for his Industrial noise group PIG (band), releasing 17 CDs and influencing commercially successful acts including Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails and others. As well as touring extensively in North America, Japan and Europe, Watts has written music for hit gaming titles including Mortal Kombat, and recorded albums with KMFDM as Raymondo Scaballero. This article is about the musical band. ... This article is about the person. ... “NIN” redirects here. ... Mortal Kombat may refer to: Mortal Kombat (series) is a series of fighting, beatem up and platform video games: Mortal Kombat (video game) (1992) Mortal Kombat II (1993) Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) Mortal Kombat Trilogy (1996) Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero (1997) Mortal Kombat... KMFDM is an industrial rock band and the brainchild of founding member Sascha Konietzko. ...

Drummer Matthew Moffatt runs a London based film lighting company working with directors including Mike Leigh and Paul Greengrass. Moffatt is credited on several Hollywood and British produced films including Oscar nominated "Vera Drake" and "United 93". Vera Drake (2004) is a British film directed by Mike Leigh. ... United 93 may refer to: United Airlines Flight 93, a commercial airliner which crashed in Pennsylvania as part of the September 11, 2001 attacks United 93 (film), theatrical feature film about United Airlines Flight 93 See also: Flight 93 This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with...

Guitarist Julian Henry founded PR agency Henry's House, is a Trustee of The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA, London) [5], is an advisor to TV and Entertainment magnate Simon Fuller and has written for newspapers including NME, Music Week and The Guardian on Music and Marketing. External view of the entrance to the ICA from the Mall. ... Simon Fuller Simon Fuller (born May 17, 1960 in Hastings, England) is an English record and television producer who was known as the manager of the Spice Girls and S Club 7, as well as the creator of the Idol series, first seen as Pop Idol and over 50 other... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ...

Year Single Catalogue Number
1984 "Forever" JSH 1
1984 "My Favourite Girl" JSH 2
1985 "The Sun Shines In Gerrards Cross" JSH 3
1985 "You Didn't Love Me Then" JSH 4
1986 "See You In Havana" JSH 5
1987 "I Get So Sentimental" JSH 6
2004 "In Your Arms" JSH 7
2005 "Born In St Ives" JSH 8
2007 "My Stupid Band" JSH 9
Year Album Record Label
198? "With the Love From The Hit Parade" JSH RECORDS JPEW 1
1992 "More Pop Songs" VINYL JAPAN
1996 "The Sound Of The Hit Parade" POLYSTAR RECORDS JAPAN
2006 "The Return Of The Hit Parade" JSH RECORDS JPEW 2

External links

  • The Hit Parade website
  • The Hit Parade myspace site

  Results from FactBites:
Hit parade (163 words)
The term originated in the late 1930s and has also been used for broadcast programs featuring hit tunes, such as Your Hit Parade[?], which was broadcast on radio and television in the United States for many years.
It is said that Your Hit Parade was nearly cancelled after many weeks of unsuccessful attempts by big band singer Snooky Lanson[?] to perform Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog".
The term is still used, as in the title of the popular magazine, Hit Parader[?].
Your Hit Parade (545 words)
Your Hit Parade was a weekly network television program that aired from 1950 to 1959.
The television Hit Parade attempted to dramatize each song with innovative skits, elaborate sets, and a large entourage of performers.
Further, much of the popularity of the faster paced rock hits was dependent on complex instrumental arrangements and the unique styling of a particular artist or group.
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