Johnny Hates Jazz

  • Johnny Hates Jazz
  • Turn Back the Clock (Virgin) 1987 

For a time in the late-’80s, the most offbeat or imaginative thing about the well-scrubbed new crop of bland British chart-pop stars was their band names. The most notable element of this Anglo-American pabulum trio’s biography is that Calvin Hayes’ father is legendary ’60s pop producer Mickie Most. Turn Back the Clock alternately sounds like a witless half-speed ABC and an overdone update of Gilbert O’Sullivan — minus his charm. (The CD appends three 12-inch mixes.)

[Ira Robbins]