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Love and Rockets
Daniel Ash with Love and Rockets at Lollapalooza 2008
Daniel Ash with Love and Rockets at Lollapalooza 2008
Background information
OriginNorthampton, England
Genres
Years active1985–1999, 2007–2009, 2023-present
LabelsBeggars Banquet, RCA, American, Red Ant
Past membersDaniel Ash
Kevin Haskins
David J

Love and Rockets are an English rock band formed in 1985 by former Bauhaus members Daniel Ash (vocals, guitar and saxophone), David J (bass guitar and vocals) and Kevin Haskins (drums and synthesisers) after that group split in 1983. Ash and Haskins had recorded and performed in another band, Tones on Tail, between 1982 and 1984. Love and Rockets' fusion of underground rock music with elements of pop music provided an early catalyst for alternative rock. They released seven studio albums before breaking up in 1999 and reformed briefly in 2007 for a few live shows, before splitting again in 2009.

They are perhaps best known for their 1989 single "So Alive", which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1]

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Rock music

Rock music

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s, developing into a range of different styles in the mid-1960s and later, particularly in the United States and United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style that drew directly from the blues and rhythm and blues genres of African-American music and from country music. Rock also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical, and other musical styles. For instrumentation, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music with a 44 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political. Rock was the most popular genre of music in the United States and much of the Western world from the 1950s to the 2010s and remains popular.

Bauhaus (band)

Bauhaus (band)

Bauhaus are an English rock band formed in Northampton in 1978. Known for their dark image and gloomy sound, Bauhaus are one of the pioneers of gothic rock, although they mixed many genres, including dub, glam rock, psychedelia, and funk. The group consists of Daniel Ash, Peter Murphy, Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass).

Daniel Ash

Daniel Ash

Daniel Ash is an English musician, songwriter and singer. He became prominent in the late 1970s as the guitarist for the iconic goth rock band Bauhaus, which spawned two related bands led by Ash: Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets. Recently, he reunited with bandmate Kevin Haskins to form Poptone, a retrospective of their respective careers, featuring Kevin's daughter Diva Dompe on bass. He has also recorded several solo albums. Several guitarists have listed Ash as an influence, including Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction, Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, Hide of X Japan and John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

David J

David J

David John Haskins, better known as David J, is a British alternative rock musician, producer, and writer. He is the bassist for the gothic rock band Bauhaus and for Love and Rockets.

Kevin Haskins

Kevin Haskins

Kevin Michael Dompe, born and best-known as Kevin Michael Haskins, is an English drummer, best known from the British rock group Bauhaus. He was also a member of Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets.

Tones on Tail

Tones on Tail

Tones on Tail was a British post-punk band formed in 1982, originally as a musical side project of Daniel Ash of the gothic rock group Bauhaus. Their music was described by one critic as "doom-and-dance-pop."

So Alive (Love and Rockets song)

So Alive (Love and Rockets song)

"So Alive" is a song by British alternative rock band Love and Rockets, released in 1989 as the second single from their self-titled fourth album. The song reached No. 1 in Canada and charted within the top 30 in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. In the US, it topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for five weeks and was ranked No. 1 on that listing's year-end chart for 1989. The song's music video was directed by Howard Greenhalgh and produced by Pamela James.

Billboard Hot 100

Billboard Hot 100

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

History

Daniel Ash in 1986, while with the band in Oakland, California, outside of the Kaiser Convention Center
Daniel Ash in 1986, while with the band in Oakland, California, outside of the Kaiser Convention Center

The band's name was taken from the comic book series Love and Rockets by the Hernandez brothers. Gilbert Hernandez later referred to the confusion caused by this in his book Love and Rockets X, as there were several different bands named "Love and Rockets" for a period.[2]

Despite their previous band's status as a gothic rock act, Love and Rockets moved towards a slightly brighter and more pop-influenced sound, as demonstrated by their first minor hit being a cover of the Motown classic "Ball of Confusion"[3] (reached #18 on the Canadian charts in January 1986).[4] Their first studio album, 1985's Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven (1985), was an early example of alternative rock, combined with post-punk and psychedelic leanings.[5] Their second album, 1986's Express, continued in the same vein, adding even more of a pop feel to the mix. It included the dance hit "Yin and Yang (The Flowerpot Man)". The 1987 follow-up, Earth, Sun, Moon, had a more acoustic sound and spawned the minor hit "No New Tale to Tell". The following year, they released the single "The Bubblemen Are Coming" under the alias The Bubblemen.

In 1989 the band released their self-titled album, which presented a more AOR sound.[6] The second single from the album was the T. Rex-inspired song "So Alive", which became a hit, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] a feat no Bauhaus-related band or artist has achieved before or since.

Co-founder David J on bass, pictured in 2006
Co-founder David J on bass, pictured in 2006

After a gruelling tour schedule in support of their big hit, Love and Rockets took a few years off before returning to the studio together. The result was a move to an electronic sound that had more in common with The Orb than their rock or goth roots. Their label, RCA Records, dropped them. They signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings to release Hot Trip to Heaven in 1994, followed in 1996 by Sweet F.A.. In April 1995, during the recording of Sweet F.A., a fire broke out in the house owned by American Recordings, where the band were living and recording. None of the members were injured, but their visiting friend Genesis P. Orridge of Psychic TV was injured whilst escaping the fire. The band lost their gear (a photo of a burnt guitar was used for the album cover of Sweet F.A.) and months of work on the album. There was a lengthy legal battle between the band, their label, and the label's insurance company. Love and Rockets were found not responsible for the fire, but were left with a large legal bill.[7] Lift came out in 1998 on Red Ant Records, and, after performing in Toronto in April, 1999, Love and Rockets disbanded.[8][9]

Love and Rockets announced in October 2007 on their MySpace page that they would reform to play one song at "Cast a Long Shadow", a tribute to Joe Strummer and benefit for Strummerville, The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music, on 22 December 2007 at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. They covered The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go", playing the song twice, the second time inviting members of the audience to join them onstage to sing along.[10] They performed on 27 April 2008 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and also at Lollapalooza on 3 August 2008 in Chicago.

In an interview in June 2009, Ash emphatically stated that he had no further plans to play with Love and Rockets. "We've worked together since 1980. I really want to work with new people, I'm sure everybody feels the same."[11]

A tribute album titled New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets was released on 18 August 2009 featuring contributions from The Flaming Lips, Frank Black, Puscifer, A Place to Bury Strangers, Film School, Better Than Ezra, Johnny Dowd, The Dandy Warhols, Blaqk Audio, The Stone Foxes and Monster Magnet.[12]

On January 23, 2023, Love and Rockets announced a reunion with their first concert in 15 years at the Cruel World Festival 2023 in Pasadena, California, Brookside at the Rose Bowl, on May 20, 2023.[13]

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Kaiser Convention Center

Kaiser Convention Center

Kaiser Convention Center is a historic, publicly owned multi-purpose building located in Oakland, California. The facility includes a 5,492-seat arena, a large theater, and a large ballroom. The building is #27 on the list of Oakland Historic Landmarks., and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2021.

Love and Rockets (comics)

Love and Rockets (comics)

Love and Rockets is a comic book series by the Hernandez brothers: Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario. It was one of the first comic books in the alternative comics movement of the 1980s.

Hernandez brothers

Hernandez brothers

The Hernandez brothers, also known as Los Bros Hernandez, are the three American cartoonist brothers Mario (b. 1953), Gilbert (b. 1957), and Jaime Hernandez (b. 1959).

Gilbert Hernandez

Gilbert Hernandez

Gilberto Hernández, usually credited as Gilbert Hernandez and also by the nickname Beto, is an American cartoonist. He is best known for his Palomar/Heartbreak Soup stories in Love and Rockets, an alternative comic book he shared with his brothers Jaime and Mario.

Love and Rockets X

Love and Rockets X

Love and Rockets X is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez. Its serialization ran in the comic book Love and Rockets Vol. 1 #31–39 from 1989 to 1992, and the first collected edition appeared in 1993.

Gothic rock

Gothic rock

Gothic rock is a style of rock music that emerged from post-punk in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. The first post-punk bands which shifted toward dark music with gothic overtones include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and the Cure.

Express (album)

Express (album)

Express is the second studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets. It was released on 15 September 1986 on Beggars Banquet Records. An even greater departure from the band members' previous work as Bauhaus, the album's fusion of underground rock with pop stylings can be seen as an early example of alternative rock music, a genre that reached mainstream popularity in the early 1990s.

Earth, Sun, Moon

Earth, Sun, Moon

Earth, Sun, Moon is the third studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets, released in 1987 on Beggars Banquet.

Love and Rockets (album)

Love and Rockets (album)

Love and Rockets is the fourth studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets; released in 1989 by Beggars Banquet Records on cassette, vinyl, and compact disc.

Album-oriented rock

Album-oriented rock

Album-oriented rock is an FM radio format created in the United States in the 1970s that focuses on the full repertoire of rock albums and is currently associated with classic rock.

David J

David J

David John Haskins, better known as David J, is a British alternative rock musician, producer, and writer. He is the bassist for the gothic rock band Bauhaus and for Love and Rockets.

Electronic music

Electronic music

Electronic music is a genre of music that employs electronic musical instruments, digital instruments, or circuitry-based music technology in its creation. It includes both music made using electronic and electromechanical means. Pure electronic instruments depended entirely on circuitry-based sound generation, for instance using devices such as an electronic oscillator, theremin, or synthesizer. Electromechanical instruments can have mechanical parts such as strings, hammers, and electric elements including magnetic pickups, power amplifiers and loudspeakers. Such electromechanical devices include the telharmonium, Hammond organ, electric piano and the electric guitar.

Discography

Studio albums

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Love and Rockets discography

Love and Rockets discography

The discography of Love and Rockets, an English alternative rock band, consists of seven studio albums, one compilation album, one live album, two video albums, and 21 singles.

Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven

Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven

Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven is the debut studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets. It was released on 11 October 1985, through record label Beggars Banquet. Seventh Dream was preceded by the non-album single "Ball of Confusion" on 17 May 1985, and the album's first proper single "If There's a Heaven Above" on 13 September 1985.

Express (album)

Express (album)

Express is the second studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets. It was released on 15 September 1986 on Beggars Banquet Records. An even greater departure from the band members' previous work as Bauhaus, the album's fusion of underground rock with pop stylings can be seen as an early example of alternative rock music, a genre that reached mainstream popularity in the early 1990s.

Earth, Sun, Moon

Earth, Sun, Moon

Earth, Sun, Moon is the third studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets, released in 1987 on Beggars Banquet.

Love and Rockets (album)

Love and Rockets (album)

Love and Rockets is the fourth studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets; released in 1989 by Beggars Banquet Records on cassette, vinyl, and compact disc.

Hot Trip to Heaven

Hot Trip to Heaven

Hot Trip to Heaven is the fifth studio album by British rock band Love and Rockets, released in 1994 on Beggars Banquet in the United Kingdom and American in the United States. Released after a five-year hiatus, the album saw the band drop their former gothic, alternative rock sound in favour of a hi-tech electronic, ambient direction, taking influences from ambient techno artists such as The Orb and Orbital, while retaining the band's psychedelic focus. The group were first intrigued in making electronic music at the start of the decade.

Sweet F.A. (album)

Sweet F.A. (album)

Sweet F.A. is the sixth studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets, released in 1996 by American Recordings and Beggars Banquet.

Lift (Love and Rockets album)

Lift (Love and Rockets album)

Lift is the seventh and final studio album by English alternative rock band Love and Rockets, released in 1998 on Red Ant Records.

Source: "Love and Rockets (band)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 26th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_and_Rockets_(band).

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References
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  2. ^ Hernandez, Gilbert (1993). Love and Rockets X. Fantagraphics Books. pp. 3–6. ISBN 1-56097-101-0.
  3. ^ "I'm in love again with Love and Rockets; Hits, misses alike in old record rack". Toronto Star – Toronto, Ont. Rayner, Ben 28 Nov 2004 Page: D.02
  4. ^ "CANADIAN WEEKLY SINGLE CHARTS (TED KENNEDY) FROM 1986". hitofalldecades.com
  5. ^ Dave Thompson. "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  6. ^ Darling, Cary (30 August 1989). "Love and Rockets lifts off with newest album". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. p. D6. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Love and Rockets Set to "Lift" Off". Rolling Stone.
  8. ^ "LOVE & ROCKETS TO DISBAND AFTER 15 YEARS"/ Chart Attack, 30 April 1999
  9. ^ "Live Reviews: Love & Rockets April 5, 1999 The Guvernment, Toronto, ON". Chart Attack, review by Paul Gangadeen
  10. ^ "LOVE & ROCKETS *LIVE* – JOE STRUMMER TRIBUTE ~ 22 DECEMBER 2007". pixievisionproductions.com. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Daniel Ash: Rock On". SuicideGirls. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Flaming Lips, Black Francis for Love And Rockets tribute". nme.com. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Love and Rockets are back announce first show in 15 years". Brooklynvegan.com. 23 January 2023. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
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