Love and Rockets









Love and Rockets

was formed in 1985 by the former Bauhaus members, guitar, saxophone player, and vocalist, Daniel Ash, Bass and vocalist, David J, and drummer, synthesizer, Kevin Haskins. The other former Bauhaus member, Peter Murphy went on to seek his own solo career. Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins had worked with the band, Tones On Tail, performing and recording before the Love and Rockets band was formed. Love and Rockets moved away from the previous gothic rock style that the group had done before. Their first minor hit as Love and Rockets proved that. It was a cover of the Motown Classic, Ball of Confusion. Their first album released was Seventh Dream of Teenage heaven and was released in 1985. The album was more like psychedelic music and more like the Beatles style of pop. Their second album was released in 1986 and was called, Express. It also was in the same style as the first album. In it was the dance hit, Yin and Yang The Flowerpot Man. In 1987 they released still another album which was called, Earth, Sun, and Moon and was more of a folk type style. From it came the single, No New tale To Tell, which was a minor hit. In 1989, the group released an album named after them, Love and Rockets. From it came the single, So Alive, and the song went to number 3 on the American Singles chart. This was the only one past or future to reach the top from this group.

The group took a few years off after they had toured extensively supporting their big hit. After their long absence, they returned and their style changed again. This time they played more of an electronic sound. RCA had been their label but they were dropped because they did not agree to the change. The group then signed up with Rick Rubinís American Recordings and they released Hot Trip To Heaven in 1994. Then in 1996, Sweet F. A.. In 1998 they released, Lift on the Red Ants Records label. The group split up in 1999 and then regrouped since then and reunited with Murphy and reformed Bauhaus.

The albums released by the Love and Rockets group were Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven (1985), Express (1986), Earth, Sun, Moon (1987), Love and Rockets (1989), Hot Trip To Heaven (1994), Sweet F. A. (1996), Lift, (1998), and So Alive (12003). The group had a total of 21 singles released and only two of them made the charts. Those two were, So Alive made it to number 79 in the UK and number 3 in the U. S.. The other one was, No Big deal which made it to number 82 in the U. S.