“I Promised Myself” is a song written and originally performed by Nick Kamen. It was released as a single twice : first from his album Move Until We Fly in 1990, then as a remix in 2004. The original version achieved success in Austria and Sweden where it topped the charts. It was covered by 1980s band Dead or Alive and in 2004 by A*Teens. In 2009 the song was covered by euro-dance artist Basshunter.
“I Promised Myself” 3:55
“You Are” 3:58
Nick Kamen was born as Ivor Neville Kamen on April 15, 1962 in Harlow, Essex, England. He was first brought to the publics attention in 1984 when Ray Petri featured him on the front cover of the UK magazine The Face. A year later, he appeared in a Levis commercial. In 1986, he released his debut single ‘Each time you break my heart’, written and produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray.
In 1990, he released his fourth album ‘Move until we fly’. It contained the self-penned ‘I promised myself’, which would be his biggest hit in Europe. The single topped the chart in Austria and Sweden, and reached number 6 in the Netherlands.
Tracks: ‘I promised myself’ / ‘You are’
Nick Kamen (born Nicholas Ivor Kamen, 15 April 1962, in Harlow, Essex, England) is a British male model, songwriter and musician.
He is most famous for his 1985 beefcake performance in Levis “Launderette” TV 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 dramatically increased their popularity. It was selected for “The 100 Greatest TV Ads” in 2000.
He appeared on television as himself in “Top of the Pops” (12 March 1987 and 18 October 1990), “This Morning” (9 April 1990), “Night Network” (15 April 1987, 19 August 1987 and 1988) and “The Tube” (31 October 1986 and 21 November 1986 (1986).