Nina Carter and Jilly Johnson were Blonde on Blonde - a sensational girl band that rocked Europe and catapulted to massive success and fame when they signed for Chrysalis Records. Blonde on Blonde appeared alongside many major acts of the era - Brian Ferry, Kate Bush, Al Green and Diana Ross & the Supremes, to name but a few
Choreographed by Arlene Philips they won the Cherry Blossom Award and had a number one smash hit in Japan. Nicknamed the ‘British Sexports’ by the UK press they were known for their raunchy and outrageous stage act. With a stage costume of silver stiletto sequinned boots, silver leather skintight jeans, ripped leotards, leather jackets and studded dog collars with penknives dangling from them it is hardly surprising that they often found themselves besieged by adoring fans, especially of the male variety!
Being well-educated girls , (Nina attended a Swiss Finishing School), both Nina and Jilly were rather unlikely candidates for such a wild lifestyle, and eyebrows were certainly raised amongst their families and peers. At the peak of their success Jily left the band to spend more time with her young daughter. For a while Nina continued with a replacement for Jilly but her heart was no longer in it and so Blonde on Blonde disbanded.
In retrospect Blonde on Blonde had a lot more to offer than perhaps was realised at the time, since apart from the obvious attractions of Nina and Jilly, the girls had real charisma and could genuinely sing.