Hall of Fame

Nick Van Eede


Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Nick Van Eede (b. 14 June 1958, East Grinstead), Cutting Crew were formed when he began working with Canadian guitarist Kevin Scott MacMichael.

Nick Van Eede is second from left in the photo.

The duo came together when MacMichael's group Fast Forward were supporting Eede's unit the Drivers on a Canadian tour. The two subsequently recorded some demos in Toronto and during 1986 added Colin Farley (bass) and Martin Beadle (drums) to form Cutting Crew.

The title of their debut single `(I Just) Died In Your Arms' was a phrase Van Eede coined after making love to his girlfriend. This memorable song reached number 4 in the UK but surpassed expectations by climbing to number 1 in the USA in the spring of 1987.

A further US Top 40 hit followed with the frantic `One For The Mockingbird', backed with the anti-cocaine `Mirror And A Blade'. The plaintive `I've Been In Love Before' returned them to the US Top 10 later that year.