07 March 2009


Gene Loves Jezebel was formed by two brothers (Jay and Michael Aston) and a friend (Ian Hudson), along with a drum machine, back in the early eighties. Their line up changed so often after that I won't even begin to list all the folk who came and went. The bottom line being, in my mind, the band was the brothers.

I first heard them when their third album, Discover, was released, and the video for "Heartache" hit the air. I still think this was one of their finest moments. There was plenty of good music before then, but after they started to get a bit too commercial sounding for my tastes.

Not that they lasted long after that. They put out one more album, and then the Astons couldn't deal with working together anymore. Michael left the band, and after a lengthy series of line ups and solo projects, both brothers now front different versions of Gene Loves Jezebel. Each of which is "the real" GLJ.

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Gene Loves Jezebel - "Shaving My Neck" The first single, from 1982.
Gene Loves Jezebel - "Shame (Whole Heart Howl)" A-side of the "Shame" single. A different mix from the album version.
Gene Loves Jezebel - "Deli Babies" B-side of the "Heartache" single.
Gene Loves Jezebel - "Sapphire Scavenger" B-side of the second release of the "Desire" single.
Gene Loves Jezebel - "So Young (Heave Hard Heave Ho)" B-side of the "Screaming" single.
Gene Loves Jezebel - "Sun and Insanity" B-side of "Shaving My Neck" single.
Gene Loves Jezebel - "Heartache II" B-side of the "Heartache" single.

Gene Loves Jezebel Discography (prior to the split):

Promise, 1983
Immigrant, 1985
Discover, 1986 (buy)
House of Dolls, 1988

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