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Gene Loves Jezebel

Twin brothers Jay and Michael Aston began playing music in 1980 when they formed Slav Arian with guitarist Ian Hudson and a drum machine. Though the Astons grew up in Porthcawl, South Wales, they moved to London in 1981 and renamed the goth-influenced group Gene Loves Jezebel. The trio played several live shows and were quickly signed by Situation 2. In May 1982, the label released Gene Loves Jezebel's demo single, "Shavin' My Neck." The band then added bassist Julianne Regan and drummer Dick Hawkins. Regan left soon after to form All About Eve, leaving Ian Hudson and Michael Aston to alternate on bass until Peter Rizzo joined in 1984. Hawkins also split for a time -- replaced by John Murphy and later Steve Goulding -- but returned in 1983.

Gene Loves Jezebel released two more singles in 1983 before their debut album, Promise, hit number one in the U.K.'s indie charts. In 1984, the group recorded a John Peel radio session for BBC and toured America with John Cale. After returning to England, Gene Loves Jezebel released the singles "Influenza (Relapse)" and "Shame (Whole Heart Howl)," but then waited a full year before second album Immigrant appeared in mid-1985. (It's not very surprising that the album was recorded with a lineup change, this time drummer Marcus Gilvear instead of Dick Hawkins.) Immigrant also hit number one on the indie charts, but during a tortured American tour, founding member Hudson left, and was replaced by former Generation X guitarist James Stevenson.

The year 1986 brought a contract with Beggar's Banquet and, subsequently, popular-chart success for the group. "Sweetest Thing" hit the Top 75 in England, and the resulting album, Discover (which included a limited-edition live album called Glad to Be Alive), reached the expected indie chart top spot and also did well with college radio in America. Chris Bell became the band's fifth drummer later that year, and Gene Loves Jezebel's fourth album, The House of Dolls, was released late in 1987, yielding a single, "The Motion of Love," that grazed the U.S. charts. The Astons turned their attention to dance with the single "Heartache," but Michael decided to leave the band by mid-1989.

In a small twist of fate, Gene Loves Jezebel gained its highest-charting American single the following year, when "Jealous," the major single from Kiss of Life, reached number 68 in August 1990. Two years later, Jay Aston and co. released Heavenly Bodies, which did well in Europe and on American college radio; the group's American label folded one year later though, and after a few sporadic live shows, Gene Loves Jezebel called it quits.

As early as 1992, Michael Aston had been working with a new band called the Immigrants. Two years later, he re-formed the band as Edith Grove and released a self-titled album. Michael and Jay began working together again that same year, and later recorded two songs with Stevenson, Bell, and Rizzo for a GLJ best-of compilation, released in September 1995. While Jay performed occasional acoustic shows under his own name, Michael played with members of Scenic and released a solo album, Why Me Why This Why Now, in 1995. Gene Loves Jezebel re-formed in 1998 for VII, released in 1999 on Robinson Records. It was followed that same year by both Love Lies Bleeding and Live in the Voodoo City. Giving Up the Ghost appeared in early 2001. The two-disc Anthology, Vols. 1 & 2 arrived in 2006. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Feel the rain,sweet sweet rain,wash away my sorrows.
Really wish I could get more than Cow every time out of Pandora!
Guilty secret is still stuck in the 80'$
STanDouT
bettyred20
I just f@rted
House Of Dolls was also an excellent album as well. I totally love their songs, UP THERE, and GORGEOUS to name a few. I'd love to see them live.
Love Gene Loves Jebzel, great voices and music. Miss them.. I love Desire come back..
These guys are TREMENDOUS! Their smooth high vocals over the musici
swift guitar licks they are way UNIQUE I love them they are soooo
kool Genius brothers! They make my heart comfortable and cozy..
Thank you from the bottom of my soul! Love YOU! a thousand kisses
XO
And Judith? Eat crap. Thanks so much!
I really liked their stuff at the time...reall y weird sometimes - like on, I think, Promise, which was a good one - Screaming for Emmaline and Upstairs...t h e y were a significator of my first love, and us. Really pushed the limits :-) Love GLJ
haha! I saw this band open up for the Kinks sometime in the 90's. And yes, Gene was a "jezebel"-if you know what I mean. haha!
Judith S.,to put it simply your a royal IDIOT! And yes,in reference to other preceding comments, the discography as listed is missing quite a few albums from their career, most notably 1990's Kiss of Life and 1992's excellent Heavenly Bodies. They are one of my favourite groups from the 80's that often rocked harder than much "harder-rock i n g rock groups" and sounded much better doing it as well. I absolutly love every thing they ever released, and I should know because I own all of it on CD &rec
CRAP
I have an old copy of Kiss of Life. I didn't know it was out of print. Guess I should hold on to my copy with dear life.
I saw them in early '08 in baltimore. they were excellent. Ive been into them since late 80's and finally seeing them live was awesome. It was all the original line up except Michael Aston.
It was called Kiss of Life. Unfortunatel y it is out of print. Glad I bought it back when. I saw them at a small venue circa 1991, because my future wife was into them. They were definitely pretty good.
I agree. I think these guys are pretty good. My favorite song of theirs is Jealous. I used to rock that song on my cheap walkman. Seems like this discography is missing that album though. In my opinion, it was their best album. But, I can't remember the name of it.
bactrian666
blast from the past - 2 wives ago
great band wheres the love

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