Brian “Nasher” Nash was the guitarist for the 1980s band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The band’s worldwide smash hit ‘Relax’ reached No 1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1984.
His new album 432-1 Open the Vein is released in June via Babylon Pink Recordings.
He has previously released solo albums, Ripe, in 1999 and Le Grande Fromage in 2002. His book Nasher Says Relax takes the lid off the pop industry, past and present and was released originally in 2012. The audio version has just been mad available and makes for a fascinating listen on the back story of an iconic UK band.
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, 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. Nash and Boult decided to work together again as Dr. Jolly’s Salvation Circus. Nash created his own Internet-based label, Babylon Pink.