Nick Kamen (born Ivor Neville Kamen, 15 April 1962, Harlow, Essex, England) is an English male model, songwriter and musician, and brother of session guitarist Chester Kamen and artist Barry Kamen.
He is most remembered, in the UK, for his 1985 beefcake performance in Levi’s “Launderette” television commercial,where he strips down in order to stone-wash his blue jeans in a 1950s style public laundromat while he waits clad only in his boxer shorts, which was one of a series of Bartle Bogle Hegarty advertisements that dramatically increased the popularity of Levi 501s. It was selected for, and came fourth in, The 100 Greatest TV Ads in 2000.
His first single was the 1986 UK number five hit “Each Time You Break My Heart” from his eponymous début album.Written and produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray, it also cracked both the U.S. dance chart (remix by Shep Pettibone) and the Top 50 in Canada. Madonna also sang the backing vocals.
“Each Time You Break My Heart” was followed with the singles “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” and “Nobody Else” which did not fare as well in the charts as the first two releases.
Interestingly, for the 12″ single release of “Nobody Else”, the Dub Mix was promoted to the A side with the Dance Mix on the B side. Edited by Junior Vasquez and Remixed by Arthur Baker.
Nobody Else (Special Arthur Baker Dub Mix) 7:30
Nobody Else (Arthur Baker Dance Mix) 7:25