The longest wait for a 2nd album? Johnny Hates Jazz return after 25 years
Johnny Hates Jazz

New Wave pop band Johnny Hates Jazz are finally releasing a follow-up to their chart-topping debut album – 25 years later.

The London group, who return in May with new effort Magnetized, are believed to have broken the record for the longest gap between a first and second album.

They scored a UK number one back in 1988 with Turn Back The Clock, but the band soon moved onto other projects.

Johnny Hates Jazz
[Johnny Hates Jazz are back – photo: Simon Fowler]

However, founding members Clark Datchler and Mike Nocito have now reunited to finally produce a successor.

Released on May 6, Magnetized features ten new tracks written by Datchler and produced by Nocito.

Speaking to Radio Teesdale earlier this month, Datchler explained:

“Mike and I didn’t speak for 22 years. It was partly a fall-out, and partly just a case of going our separate ways.

“When we finally reached out to one another I thought there’d be an awful lot of ground to catch up on, but that wasn’t the case at all.

“We still got on incredibly well. Passing of time was irrelevent. That’s the sign of a good friendship.

“I’d written a song called ‘Magnetized’, and it was very Johnny Hates Jazz-esque. As I was working on it, it seemed like it was time to meet up again.”

Turn Back The Clock has sold more than 4 million copies since its release. Only time will tell as to whether Magnetized can match that level of success.

Still, fans will certainly be keeping their fingers crossed that they don’t have to wait another 25 years for the third album…

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Watch the video for new song ‘Magnetized’:

And here’s the video for 1988’s Turn Back The Clock:

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