Loose Ends: Where Are They Now?

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Recently, a SoulBounce visitor emailed us to inquire if we could track down some of our favorite old school soul artists to bring their fans up-to-date. Many artists were mentioned, but it was Loose Ends who piqued our interest since the last time we really heard from them was in 1990 when their last hit "Don't Be A Fool" was getting radio airplay love. Keep in mind that last incarnation of Loose Ends was not the original lineup of Carl McIntosh, Jane Eugene, and Steve (the cute one) Nichol, but Carl, Linda Carriere, and Sunay Suleyman. Word had it that Carl and Jane were living in Los Angeles, while Steve's whereabouts were unknown. Always up for a challenge, I decided to fulfill the thirst of at least one of our readers and track down Carl, the only member with a MySpace page, to find out what was up with one of the best UK soul imports of the '80s. I received the following email in my inbox yesterday. It was, how shall I say, interesting.

The email I received is as follows:

"They tryin to do this sh*t without me!! I dont even know where Jane live at, as for Steve that N***** owe me some money......And I neeeds my dollars......The only reunion that gone happen is my foot up they ass.....Holla ....Lol"

Needless to say, at SoulBounce HQ we were both taken aback and rolling on the floor with the way Carl got all Rick James (à la Dave Chappelle) with it. He blew up his former bandmates spots like an army grenade to say the least. To his credit, he included an "lol" just to let me know that he was kind of joking. Right? And as for him saying that his former mates are "trying to do this sh*t without me," he is referring to the appearance of Loose Ends at the Capital Jazz Fest this June. Soul Bounce may be in the house for that one just to see what foolishness may transpire. Will Carl step up in the place Suge Knight-style demanding his dollars from Steve while they're on stage? If so, we hope they have popcorn so we can better enjoy the show. 

According to the Capital Jazz Fest website, "their current lineup does not feature founding member McIntosh." Wikipedia lists Steve Nichols as the original founder of Loose End, as Steve and Jane originally named their duo after a hair salon named "A Loose End", which Carl joined later. This is pretty interesting mainly because Steve and Jane left the band in 1989, leaving Carl creative control of the group from that point until 2000 when the group disbanded for good. 

Can we really blame Carl for spitting some fire and ire in the direction of his bandmates? Loose Ends have been around since 1981, and it wasn't until 1984 when they signed with US imprint MCA that we caught wind of their sound that had us grooving for the remainder of the decade. Truthfully, 27 years have passed between members of a group who didn't always get along anyway. But that's show business. 
Here's to hoping Carl, Jane, and Steve can work it out. Below, the threesome during happier times, cutting up, and wound much more tightly than the loose ends they have turned out to be. 

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Carl McIntosh [MySpace]

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5 Responses

  1. Ill Mami getting scoops like Encyclopedia Brown!!
    Updates are nice but it's always sad when beef gets the best of the artists you love. Sad but not uncommon.
    Here's more in-depth first hand scoopage:

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    This is CRAZY! I JUST downloaded "Look How Long" the day before yesterday simply so I could get a better feel for the group as a whole, 'cause I wasn't too familiary with anything but the joints that hit the charts when they were out (I was a youngin' at the time, u see). There I was, FRESH on a wireless connection (I'm brand new to the laptop game), JAMMING to track #1 - "Don't Be A Fool".
    This is a SIGN I tell you! I WILL be listening to this whole album during my weekend trip! Yes!

  3. They are going to be at the Capital Jazz Fest this year/ June 7th at the Merriweather Pavilion Center in Columbia, MD. Im about to get my tickets!
    Merriweather Post Pavilion
    12 noon - 10pm
    Gates open 10am
    Pavilion Stage
    Special guest host Patti Austin
    12:00n Ken Ford
    1:30pm Spyro Gyra
    3:00pm Kim Waters
    4:30pm Roberta Flack
    6:00pm Wayman Tisdale
    7:30pm Dianne Reeves
    9:00pm Chris Botti
    Note: Winner of Capital Jazz Challenge will perform at 11:00am
    Symphony Woods Stage
    Hosted by Tony Richards
    12:30pm Frank McComb
    2:00pm Plunky
    3:30pm Carl Thomas
    5:00pm Loose Ends
    6:30pm Maysa
    8:00pm Jeffrey Osborne
    Hilton Columbia Hotel
    10:30pm - 3:00am
    Capital Jazz After-Hours Party
    featuring LadyRhythm - DC's hottest all-female band!
    DJ music by SOS Productions
    After-party tickets on sale Saturday, May 17 at 10am!
    Sunday, June 8, 2008
    Merriweather Post Pavilion
    12 noon - 10pm
    Gates open 10am
    Pavilion Stage
    Special guest host Patti Austin
    12:00n Four80East
    1:30pm Down to the Bone featuring Shilts
    3:00pm R&R (featuring Rick Braun & Richard Elliot)
    5:00pm Randy Crawford & Joe Sample
    7:00pm Jonathan Butler
    8:30pm Brian Culbertson & The Funk Experience
    Symphony Woods Stage
    Hosted by Tony Richards
    12:30pm Billy Kilson & BK Groove
    1:45pm The Jazzy Soul Collective
    (featuring Jimmy Sommers, Vikter Duplaix,
    Gordon Chambers, & Lynne Fiddmont)
    3:30pm Eric Roberson
    5:00pm Average White Band
    6:30pm Howard Hewett
    8:00pm Ledisi

  4. One of my favorite groups of all time. Had a sound all of their own. Sad to see things end like this. I just found a copy of "Gonna Make You Mine" at a thrift store about 3 days ago. What a song. I may just go to the Capital Jazz Fest.
    Props for this story.