Brian Nash

Even before joining Frankie Goes to Hollywood, guitarist Brian Nash was already causing a racket in his hometown of Liverpool, England. In 1977, Nash discovered punk rock, and he used his guitar to crank out amateurish covers of songs from the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks, and Stiff Little Fingers with his first band Smuzz. Upon graduation, Nash became an electrician; however, he never abandoned his affection for music. After experimenting with several other groups, Nash formed Sons and Egypt with Peter Gill (drums) and Holly Johnson (vocals). In 1980, Gill and Johnson departed from Sons and Egypt for a new band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood. When Gerard O'Toole quit Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Nash became the group's guitarist. Like Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Hollywood took advantage of MTV's popularity with stylish, sexually provocative videos. The band broke up in 1987. In 1991, Nash collaborated with singer Grant Boult as Low. Low recorded one LP, Enter the Bigger Reality; however, the group's label, Swanyard Records, folded before it was released. Nevertheless, Nash and Boult decided to work together again as Dr. Jolly's Salvation Circus. Nash created his own Internet-based label, Babylon Pink, and in 2000 he recorded his solo debut, Ripe. ~ Michael Sutton

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