Gene Loves Gezebel
Gene Loves Gezebelis a gothic rock band who performed in the early 1980's. It was founded by the twin brothers, Michael and Jay Aston. Michael sang the vocals and was a poet and the more goth personality of the two. Jay Had banshee like wails in his vocals and it gave the band a trademark which people could remember and/or relate to. The band began in 1980 and was called Slav Aryan in the beginning. Besides the two brothers, there was Ian Hudson, a guitarist, and they had a drum machine.
The twins grew up in Porthcawl, South Wales and moved to London in 1981. The trio played a few live shows and also signed with Situation Two. In May 1982, they released their demo single, Shaving My Neck. The band later added Julianne Regan (bass player), and Jean-Marc Lederman (keyboard) to their band. Regan left before the year was up to start, All About Eve. Stephen Marshall replaced Regan. This group stayed together and performed 100 gigs and recorded their first album, Promise. Peter Rizzo joined the group in 1984. The band made at least a dozen changes in the lineup between 1981 and 1985. They released two singles and then their debut album, Promise, peaked to number 8 on the U.K. Indie Charts. The group recorded a radio session and toured America with the Welch artist, John Cale. Their second album, Immigrant, was released in 1985. The founding member left the group in 1985 and was replaced with James Stevenson.
The group changed contracts and signed with Beggarís Banquet Records and the distribution rights to Geffen records in the United States. Their single, Sweetest Thing, reached number 32 in the UK Albums Chart and their success increased. The group turned their music more to dance music because it seemed to be the type of music that was in most demand at the time. The groups fourth album was released in 1987 and was called, House of Dolls. From this album came the singles, 20 Killer Hurt and The Motion of Love. The third single was, Suspicion, and it hit the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The goth like brother, Michael left the group in 1989 and moved to Los Angeles. Jay kept the Gene Loves Jezebel name and released two more albums, Kiss of Life was the first. Their most successful single was released in 1990 and was called, Jealous. It reached number 68 on the Billboards Hot 100 Charts. Three years later they released Heavenly Bodies and it did well in Europe but not in America. The brothers had a reunion tour in 1997 but it didnít last long because Jay sued his brother over the name Gene Loves Jezebel. There have been singles released as recent as 2006.
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