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Love and Rockets Biography

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Birth Place: England
Years Active: 1985-1999, 2007-2009
Genres: Alternative Rock, Gothic Rock, College Rock

Love and Rockets was an English alternative 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 the group split in 1983. Ash and Haskins had been members of the band, Tones on Tail up until 1984 but wanted to move in a new musical direction. Love and Rockets' fusion of underground rock music with elements of pop music provided an early catalyst for alternative rock, then known as college rock. The band released seven studio albums before disbanding in 1999 and briefly reforming from 2007 to 2009.

The band's debut album, “Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven,” arrived in 1985 and showcased what would become the band’s signature fusion of alternative rock with a twist of post-punk and psychedelic leanings. Their second album, “Express,” appeared in 1986 and continued in the same vein, adding even more of a pop feel to the mix.

Released in 1987,“Earth, Sun, Moon,” had more of an acoustic feel and spawned the hit, “No New Tale to Tell.” Love and Rockets biggest hit came with their self-titled fourth album, which was released in 1989. The album produced the single, “So Alive,” which became a massive hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. An extensive and exhausting tour ensued in support of the album and their huge hit single. After the tour came to an end, exhausted, the band took a few years off.

Love and Rockets returned with, “Hot Trip to Heaven,” in 1994 via American Recordings. The band’s second album for their new label, “Sweet F.A.,” arrived in 1996.

Love and Rockets final album, “Lift,” arrived in 1998 on Red Ant Records. Shortly thereafter, despite their success, the band parted ways. It would be almost a decade later, in 2007, when Love and Rockets reformed for a number of one-off shows. The first being a tribute to Joe Strummer of The Clash called, “Cast a Long Shadow.”

2008 saw the band perform at the Coachella Music Festival and at Lollapalooza. In 2009 the band called it quits once again. A tribute album, “New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love & Rockets” arrived that same year featuring 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.