Cutting Crew

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Cutting Crew
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Cutting Crew in 1989
Background information
Origin London, England, UK
Genres Pop, rock, new wave
Years active 1985 (1985)–1993, 2005–present
Labels Virgin, EMI, Hypertension, Spectra, Cherry Red
Members Nick Van Eede
Gareth Moulton
Joolz Dunkley
Jono Harrison
Tom Arnold
Martyn Barker
Nick Kay
Mak Norman
Gary Barnacle
Nik Carter
TJ Davis
Angela Brooks
Past members Kevin Macmichael
Colin Farley
Martin "Frosty" Beedle
Tony Moore
Sam Flynn
Dominic Finley

Cutting Crew are an English rock band formed in 1985. They are best remembered for their debut album Broadcast and hit singles, "(I Just) Died in Your Arms", "I've Been in Love Before", "One for the Mockingbird", and "Everything But My Pride".


1985–1986: Formation

While still in his teens, Nick Van Eede (born Nicholas Eede) recorded a few UK solo singles in the late 1970s, and later was in the band The Drivers, which found success in Canada, particularly with their 1982 single "Tears On Your Anorak". While touring Canada, The Drivers had a support band called Fast Forward, whose line up included guitarist Kevin Macmichael. Van Eede was impressed with Macmichael's guitar playing that he asked him to form a new band with him. The Drivers split in 1983, but Van Eede and Macmichael joined forces in 1985 by relocating to London, England. Initially, the two made demos that led to a recording contract, before bassist Colin Farley and drummer Martin Beedle joined in 1986.[1]

1986–1988: Broadcast and breakthrough

Their first album, Broadcast, was released on Virgin Records in 1986. Although Virgin Records was already a major label in the UK, their debut song, "(I Just) Died in Your Arms", provided the first US hit for Virgin as a full-fledged label. Virgin flew the band to New York City for initial recordings of the album, then to Australia to shoot music videos. The unknown band shot to No. 1 in the major US market, as well as smaller markets such as Canada and Norway, with their debut single. Their most popular single, it was a multiformat success in the US, where it also reached number four on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, No. 24 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and —in an extended remix version— No. 37 on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart. The song peaked at No. 4 in another major market, the UK Singles Chart, as well as becoming a hit in the smaller Switzerland and South Africa markets. It went to No. 2 in Sweden and Ireland, and No. 9 in Austria.[2]

The choice for follow-up single in the UK had been "I've Been In Love Before", but that song spent only three weeks in the UK Top 40, peaking at No. 31. Their choice for follow-up single in the US was their third UK release, "One for the Mockingbird", but the song was a relative commercial disappointment on both sides of the Atlantic, just cracking the Top 40 of the Hot 100 at No. 38 and hitting No. 29 on the Mainstream Rock chart in the US, No. 47 in Canada and No. 52 in the UK Singles Chart.

The band took a chance on "I've Been in Love Before" again, this time with greater success. The song became Cutting Crew's second US Top 10 on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 9, and was their first major hit on the US Adult Contemporary chart, where it peaked at No. 4. This success prompted a UK re-release, and this time it spent five weeks in the UK Singles Chart Top 40, peaking at No. 24. The song failed to chart throughout most of Europe, but it peaked at No. 8 in Canada. Despite an unflattering review by Rolling Stone magazine, Cutting Crew received a Grammy nomination as the Best New Artist of 1987.

1988–1990: The Scattering

Disputes with management led to a long recording hiatus, which stalled the band's career momentum. Cutting Crew's second album, The Scattering,[3] was finally released in early 1989. Its lead single, "(Between a) Rock and a Hard Place", (CA 54, UK 66, U.S. 77) failed to reach the Top 40. Van Eede's vocal style, however, did score a sizable US Adult Contemporary hit with "Everything But My Pride." That song peaked at No. 4 and stayed in the top 50 for 22 weeks. It climbed to No. 72 on the Canadian pop charts, though it failed to hit the US Hot 100. The prophetically named "The Last Thing" scaled the AC charts as high as No. 17 in early 1990 and went to No. 90 on the Canadian chart, and has been their final chart hit to date. Although a video for the title track did air briefly in the UK and North America, The Scattering failed to chart.

1992: Compus Mentus

Bassist Colin Farley and drummer Martin Beedle left the group in 1991 and were not replaced. Cutting Crew's third album, Compus Mentus, was recorded by Nick Van Eede and Kevin Macmichael. Released in 1992, the record spun off no hit singles and failed to chart.[1]

1993–2005: Break-up and Macmichael's death

The band broke up in 1993; shortly after the release of their Compus Mentus album. After the break-up, Macmichael joined forces with Robert Plant and played on his Fate of Nations album. On 31 December 2002, Macmichael died of lung cancer at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the age of 51.

2005–2010: Reformation

In 2003, Van Eede formed the group Grinning Souls. This group independently released the album Capture in 2005. The following year, Van Eede took the decision to re-release the album under the title Grinning Souls, this time crediting the work to Cutting Crew. Grinning Souls (the band) became Cutting Crew for all subsequent live work: Van Eede was the only original Cutting Crew member in the group.

The new band toured in Germany and Norway and UK and Canada and Hungary and Switzerland and USA with amongst others, ABC/BERLIN/Wang Chung/Supertramp/Level 42/Midge Ure. In 2008, Cutting Crew signed a US deal with label Spectra Records.

2015–present: Add To Favourites

In October 2015, Add To Favourites will be the 5th Studio Album release by Cutting Crew. It will feature as the first single "Till The Money Run$ Out" which will be released on September 4th. The band line up now includes guitarists Gareth Moulton and Joolz Dunkley, bassist Nick Kay, keyboardist Jono Harrison, drummer Martyn Barker and the Blackjack Horns. The band hope to embark on a UK Tour shortly after its release.

Other members current status

  • Colin Farley, the bass player in the 1980s line up, currently lives in Surrey and continues to work in the music industry, playing with his new band in pubs.
  • Drummer Martin "Frosty" Beedle has a successful career as a session musician and in the West End. He is now a member of Lifesigns.




  • Nick Van Eede - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Gareth Moulton - guitar
  • Sam Flynn - keyboards
  • Dominic Finley - bass
  • Tom Arnold - drums


  • Nick Van Eede - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Gareth Moulton - guitar
  • Joolz Dunkley - guitars, keyboards
  • Jono Harrison - keyboards
  • Tom Arnold - drums
  • Martyn Barker - drums
  • Nick Kay - bass
  • Mak Norman - bass
  • Gary Barnacle - saxophone
  • Nik Carter/Jack Birchwood/Steven Fuller - brass
  • TJ Davis/Angela Brooks - backing vocals


Cutting Crew discography
Studio albums 5
Compilation albums 1
Singles 11


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)












1986 Broadcast 16 11 49 3 30 41 UK: Silver
US: Gold
CAN: Gold
FIN: Gold
1989 The Scattering
  • Released: January, 1989
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
1992 Compus Mentus
  • Released: October 21, 1992
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
2005 Grinning Souls
  • Released: February, 2005
  • Label: Hypertension Records
  • Formats: CD, LP
2015 Add To Favourites
  • Released: October, 2015
  • Label: In Like Flynn
  • Formats: CD, Download
" — " denotes releases that did not chart or wasn't released.

Compilation albums

Year Album details
2003 The Best of Cutting Crew
  • Released: March 3, 2003
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Formats: CD, LP


Year Song Peak chart positions Album
1986 "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" 8 1 4 2 4 1 4 24 Broadcast
1987 "One for the Mockingbird" 96 47 52 38 29
"I've Been in Love Before" 8 44 25 24 9 2
1988 "Any Colour" 83
"(Between A) Rock and a Hard Place" 54 66 77 The Scattering
1989 "The Scattering" 96
"Everything But My Pride" 72 4
1990 "The Last Thing" 90 17
1992 "If That's the Way You Want It" Compus Mentus
2005 "Hard On You" Grinning Souls
2015 "Till The Money Run$ Out" Add To Favourites


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