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SOCIAL STUDIES: An Interview with Loose Ends Vocalist Jane Eugene

John Richards @jrichards202 | 3/21/2013, 12:39 p.m.

We wanted that glossy, beautiful, everything that we were hearing on the radio coming across to England, that sound. We were looking for that and we told Mick, we'd like an American producer. That's when we got the godfather, Nick Martintelli and it just all came together. We went to Philadelphia and we recorded with Nick Martinelli.

I love Nicky, I love Nicky. I tell you, without Mick Clark and Nick Martinelli, there wouldn't have been no Loose Ends, there really wouldn't have been and I'm really grateful for them. I love them for that. So we came together, and then we went to Philly, which is a hub of great music and we had a bunch of great musicians come play in the studio with us. You know, we had "Doc" Gibbs on "Stay A Little While, Child" when you're exposed to that level of greatness...now I look back, you can only be good because you're so scared.

The Washington Informer: What were you "scared" of?

Jane Eugene: Scared to be wrong, that you can only do right. Especially with your own music, people are coming to play on your stuff that you consider better than yourself. I remember one time, Nicky got Patti Labelle's background singers at the time, Sweethearts, to come and sing on the background. I went over to get a burger, by the time I had come back; they had tracked up and had gone, they had left the studio [Laughs]. Do you understand what I'm saying? You know what I'm talking about? It was a magical, mystical time of wonderful musicians. Nicky would only work from Monday to Friday. Over Saturday and Sunday, he wanted you to listen to what we recorded, and improve upon it.

We're doing that rock and roll lifestyle, you know? You go in in the daylight; you come out in the daylight, we didn't know what day it was. When we got to Nicky, he kind of gave us some structure and order. He gave us the ability to be able to look at your music and say 'this can be better, we can do this again, we can do this better.'

The Washington Informer: How would you describe the Loose Ends sound?

Jane Eugene: Smooth, mid-tempo. At the time, believe it or not, it was dance music.

But now, it's smooth, you know, reggae bass lines, jazzy, semi-jazzy with a commercial melody. They're kind of reggaefied bass lines that Carl came up with and jazzy chords that Steve came up with.

The Washington Informer: Soul and R&B music has always been big in the England, how did American artists influence your sound?

Jane Eugene: Totally. First of all with the production, the production was very different. It was smooth and it was...how, how did it influence us? We wanted to sound like Americans; everything that was good was coming from America.

The Washington Informer: Were there any UK artists that inspired you guys when you first started out?