About Gene Loves Jezebel
Gene Loves Jezebel are a British rock band formed in the early 1980s by identical twin brothers Jay Aston and Michael. Gene Loves Jezebel's best-known songs include "Heartache", "Desire " , "The Motion of Love" , "Jealous" and "Break The Chain" , as well as their broody dark alternative club hits "Bruises" , "Influenza " , and "The Cow" . "Desire" was GLJ's most successful single in the UK.
The name of the band is a reference to the rock musician Gene Vincent and his song "Jezebel".
Due to a falling out between the Aston brothers in 1997 and ongoing legal issues, there are currently two incarnations of the band.
Originally called Slav Aryan, Gene Loves Jezebel was formed in 1980 with the Aston brothers, guitarist Ian Hudson, bassist Stephen Davis, and drummer Snowy White. The Astons grew up in Cornelly, and later Porthcawl Wales, and moved to London in 1981. With a new home, and shortly afterwards, the new name, the trio with bassist Julianne Regan and drummer James Chater , played several live shows and were signed by Situation Two. Gene Loves Jezebel underwent numerous line-up changes between 1981–1985. In May 1982, the label released Gene Loves Jezebel's demo and single, "Shaving My Neck". The band then added keyboardist Jean-Marc Lederman. Regan left the band within a year to form All About Eve, leaving Ian Hudson briefly playing bass and Albie DeLuca being the guitar player until Stephen Marshall joined. This line-up went on to perform some 100 gigs and recorded the first album Promise, along with their first John Peel session and the B-side "Stephen". As well as recording with John Cale in New York in 1984.
The band released two more singles "Screaming for Emmalene" in 1983 before Promise peaked at number 8 in the UK Indie Chart. In 1984, the group recorded a John Peel radio session for the BBC and toured U.K. with fellow Welsh artist John Cale. Their second album, Immigrant, was released in mid-1985. However, at the start of a long yet inspiring American tour for Immigrant, founding member Ian Hudson left the band and was replaced by former Chelsea and Gen X guitarist James Stevenson .
During 1986, the group moved its contract to Situation Two's parent company, Beggar's Banquet Records and distribution rights in the U.S. to Geffen Records. The subsequent promotion increased pop-chart success for the group. The single "Sweetest Thing" briefly hit the Top 75 in UK and the album Discover reached number 32 in the UK Albums Chart. At this time, the group also found heavy rotation on college and countercultural radio stations across America. The band had slowly turned their attention to dance music. The singles "Desire" and "Heartache" reached to #6 and #72, respectively, on Los Angeles' new wave station, KROQ-FM. Later that year, former Spear of Destiny and Thompson Twins member Chris Bell became the band's fifth drummer.
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