Label: Parlophone - CDR 6374 • Format: CD Single • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock
The House of Love are an English alternative rock band, formed in London in by singer-songwriter-guitarist Guy Chadwick and co-founder and lead guitarist House Of Love - Skin - House Of Love Bickers. They rose to prominence in with their first single " Shine On ", released on the independent label Creation.
The following year, the band released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album and built their reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring and the support of English press. They signed with Fontana Records records in and met commercial success in with their second self-titled albumwhich peaked at number 8 in the UK albums chart. Their third album, Babe Rainbowwas favourably met by the critics in and also reached the top 40 in the UK.
The House of Love are best known for their detailed psychedelic guitar sound and for other singles such as "Christine" and "Destroy the Heart". The House of Love disbanded in After a hiatus of 10 years, they reformed in with Bickers, who had performed on their two first albums. They have been cited as an influence by shoegazing bands Slowdive  and Ride.
The House of Love were formed in in CamberwellLondon by former Kingdoms singer and guitarist Guy Chadwick : he had been inspired to start a new band after seeing the Jesus and Mary Chain in concert at London's Electric Ballroom. Although the split was amicable, Chadwick would later comment "Losing Andrea Heukamp was a massive, massive blow for me: I loved her voice and I loved her playing, she was easily as important as Pete, Terry or Chris.
This record was untitled apart from the band name and was consequently just known as The House of Love or informally as The German Album. Heukamp's split from The House of Love would not be absolute, as she would return as a studio guest on some of the band's subsequent albums.
Following Heukamp's departure, The House of Love began working on their debut album. The recording sessions were completed in just over a week, but the mixing sessions Andrea Doria - Bucci Bag allegedly fuelled by copious use of LSD — proved more problematic, with producer Pat Collier dealing with the final mix after disagreements within the band.
As with The German Albumthe album lacked a formal title anywhere on the sleeve, and therefore became generally known as The House of Love. Following the success of the first album which topped House Of Love - Skin - House Of Love indie charts in Europe, the band opted to sign to Fontana Records and Polygram in the USwith Creation label head Alan McGee continuing for a while as manager. Ominously, by this time the band's drug use had begun to escalate even further, as had internal problems with egos and dissension.
The first House of Love release on the Fontana label was You Do - Baked Goods - Baked Goods single "Never", which was issued against the band's wishes,  and stalled just outside the Top The recording and mixing of the band's next album and first for Fontana was beset with problems.
The band members were distracted by hedonism, ego and indecision, going through four different producers and multiple studios. InChadwick recollected that "the guy who signed us Dave Bates had signed Def Leppard and Tears for Fears so he had a lot of clout. He insisted on putting us together with producers who were quite obviously wrong for us. He was completely uninterested in anything that didn't have a huge chorus in it.
He wanted hits, basically. He also ordered a load of remixes that we hadn't authorised and we absolutely loathed. Guy Chadwick on the Fontana years . Much later, Chadwick was to regard signing with Fontana as the worst mistake in the band's career. At the time, Terry Bickers was of this opinion already. Having always been unhappy with the implications of the Fontana deal, and now feeling justified in his fears, he began to retreat into anxiety and drugs, eventually succumbing to manic depression.
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In Bickers recollected "After our first album it was manic. A classic case of too much too soon. We needed a break We had spent eighteen months in the studio recording our second album.
Everything we produced got rejected and we were at the end of our ropes. Then as soon as we got the last track down they said 'Right, now off you go on tour'. It was a recipe for disaster. During the tour, the increasingly difficult relationship between Chadwick and Bickers worsened and Bickers was abruptly sacked mid-tour. He made his debut at the band's Lee Perry - Dubstrumentals at Portsmouth Polytechnic on 4 December Initially, the band claimed that Bickers was taking a break due to exhaustion.
I just found at the time that I didn't have the same aspirations as the rest of the band. I was more into exploring music than exploring the exploitation of markets around the House Of Love - Skin - House Of Love . They were really into crusading.
And winning. I wasn't. Bickers would go on to form the psychedelic rock band Levitation    and for some time, he and Chadwick would continue to spar via the music press. At one point, Chadwick claimed that despite Bickers' stellar reputation as a player it was in fact he himself who had played "90 per cent" of the guitars on the band's recordings a claim that he later withdrew. Bickers in turn described Chadwick as "a megalomaniac.
The House of Love continued and completed their tour with Simon Walker now firmly settled in as guitarist. The last date of the tour was a sold-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall. A fourth single from the Fontana album — "The Beatles and the Stones" Vidrios Rotos (Long Version) - Fran Matjor - Vidrios Rotos reached the top 40 of the singles chart in March A second compilation album called A Spy in the House of Love was released in lateconsisting of older scrapped material and a sampling of the band's large backlog of b-sides.
A stopgap measure to keep up the band's momentum, it failed to match the sales of Fontana although a promo single, "Marble", reached number 5 in the U. Modern Rock charts. In earlythey undertook a 20 date French tour which peaked at the Olympia in Paris; the concert was broadcast live in prime time on radio France Inter. Despite the publicity stunt nature of the evening, the band received good reviews and it was considered that their challenge had paid off.
The delay proved costly for The House of Love, as it ensured that the band lost momentum. It also coincided with the rise of grunge in the United States and the arrival of The Stone Roses on the British music scene, both of which rapidly consumed the attention of the British music press and rock reviewers. Although this was hailed in the press as another piece of beautiful pop by the band, it failed to chart amid accusations of record company distribution incompetence.
Follow-up recording sessions for their third album were scheduled over a period of six months: former member Andrea Heukamp guested on the studio sessions to add extra guitar and backing vocals. Duringthe band attempted to reverse their fortunes with more hard touring travelling as part of a triple bill with Ocean Colour Scene and Catherine Wheelbut while the band were still greeted with respect this did not translate into Young Americans - David Bowie - David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust desired sales.
Simon Mawby left the band at the end of the year, once again leaving Chadwick without a lead guitar foil. The House of Love began work on their fourth album in January In contrast to previous efforts it was recorded in under two weeks, with Chadwick playing all of the guitar parts and with Groothuizen and Evans contributing for the first time to songwriting.
House Of Love - Skin - House Of Love band laid plans to record their fifth album later in the year, following a tour of France. However, on their return to London Pete Evans announced to the band that he wanted to retire from the music business. Uncertain of how to proceed, The House of Love kept Evans' departure under wraps while Chadwick concentrated on promoting the new album, Audience with the Mindby himself.
The album was released in June and scraped into the top 40 of the album chart, only remaining in the chart for one week. It showed no sign of reversing the band's commercial decline and no singles from the album were released.
Without a drummer, with a group reduced to only two members and a vanishing commercial profile, Chadwick admitted defeat later in the year and disbanded The House of Love.
By his own admission, some years after the event, Chadwick took the split of The House of Love very badly and succumbed to depression — "It was very hard to get out of bed. I was ill. After the group finished it was such a huge awakening. I just cracked up, and couldn't function for years.
Neither bands would release any records. Despite Evans' claims of having retired from music, both he and Chris Groothuizen continued for three more years with My White Bedroom.
He contributing heavily to her projects Billy Rain and Nut as drummer, guitarist and co-songwriter, and returned as one of her key collaborators in Terry Bickers stayed with Levitation for two albums before House Of Love - Skin - House Of Love quitting the band onstage in He Radio Texture :02 - Daniel Triana - Snap Shots And Short Stories on to form another short-lived space rock band, Cradle, and was involved briefly in other projects during the late s, but never returned to the prominence or consistent work he had enjoyed with The House of Love and Levitation.
In the early s, he re-established contact with Guy Chadwick. Various re-releases and compilations kept the band in the public eye, including 's Best of The House of Love and 's The John Peel Sessions 88— InPLR reissued the entire set of recordings which the band had made during their most critically acclaimed period on Creation Records Çok İyi Düşün - Ferdi Tayfur - Yaktı Beni the release of — The Creation Recordings.
InThe Fontana Years was released, covering the turbulent period of the second album. Inthe reconciled Chadwick and Bickers reformed the House of Love  at the urging of former agent Mick Griffiths. Although Chris Groothuizen was invited to rejoin and thus reform the "classic" band lineup, he amicably refused, opting instead to remain in his architectural career.
His place as bass guitarist was taken by Matt Jury. Bickers and Chadwick seemed confident that age, perspective and situation meant that they could avoid the problems which had divided the band in Interviewed at the time of the release of Days Run AwayChadwick admitted acceptance of the fact that "we're really different people. It's a very complex kind of friendship, and I think it'll always be slightly fractious. We don't have this huge buddy thing going on though at the same time it's very intimate We've always had a very instinctive way of communicating with each other, which I guess is why we make good music together.
We're also doing things at our own pace rather than letting a record company dictate what we do, which helps It's still early days but communication is good and so is the music. This is about letting bygones be bygones and just getting on with it. Personally, I've never been happier. The House of Love the band's debut album was reissued on CD in This led to the band being invited to play the album live in its entirety as part of the Don't Look Back concert King Crimson - Red In NovemberCherry Red announced the release of a 3-CD deluxe edition of their debut self-titled House Of Love - Skin - House Of Love , adding all the remaining Creation recordings and a whole disc of unissued demos and alternative versions.
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