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April 15, 2023

35 Fabulous Photos Show Fashion Styles of Nick Kamen in the 1980s

Born 1962 as Ivor Neville Kamen in Harlow, Essex, English singer-songwriter, musician and model Nick Kamen first came to the public’s attention in 1984 when Ray Petri featured him on the front cover of The Face. He is best known in the UK for his appearance in the 1985 Levi’s “Launderette” commercial.

Kamen’s musical success was mainly in Europe. His first single was the 1986 UK Number 5 hit “Each Time You Break My Heart” from his eponymous début album. The song was written and produced by Madonna and frequent Madonna collaborator, Stephen Bray, with Madonna also singing background vocals.

Kamen’s second album Us (1988) was produced by another Madonna frequent collaborator, Patrick Leonard. Madonna again made an appearance with background vocals on the song “Tell Me”, this time without contributing to the songwriting or production. The song became a massive hit in Italy in the summer of 1988, spending a total of nine weeks at Number 1.

In 1989, Kamen performed the song “Turn It Up” on the soundtrack to the Disney film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Kamen’s third album Move Until We Fly was released in 1990 and contained another big European hit, the single “I Promised Myself”. The song reached the top ten in several European countries and was the fourth most played record in Europe in 1990. The song was later covered by Dead or Alive (1999), A-Teens (2004), Basshunter (2009), and by German punk rockers Maggers United (2013).

In 1992, Kamen released his final album, titled Whatever, Whenever. He died at his London home in 2021, aged 59, following a three-year-long battle with bone marrow cancer. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see portraits of a young and handsome Nick Kamen in the 1980s.


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