2/7/14 – The House Of Love – Beatles And The Stones – 1990

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house of loveOn the subject of The Stones (and The Beatles) here’s Guy Chadwick, Terry Bickers, Chris Groothuizen and Pete Evans with their tribute. Taken from their second album called The House Of Love, interestingly also the name of their first album, although those in the know would refer to it as Fontana and then there were those that would refer to it as The Butterfly album and then those that called it The second album or the album with Beatles and The Stones on it, or the album with Shine On on it, perhaps their best known song…hmm confusing!

All this added up to difficulties to come, a band that were fighting themselves from the start, inner band turmoil, record comapny manipulation and really all they wanted to do was be left alone to make music and when they got the chance to just do that – they were really good at it. Extremely listenable interesting songs, moody with a pop touch, lyrically accessible but not trite, there was a time when this band was regularly on the turntable and one waited for their next record with hope and expectation. I will post some more great tracks by them in the future – after their four albums between 1988 and 1993 they returned for another in 2005 and then another in 2013. You can see their discography on the wikipedia link.

Terry Bickers went on to form a great band of his own called Levitation that are also well worth investigating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Bickers

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_Love

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_Love_(1990_album)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Chadwick

To hear my duet with Norwegian singer Marte Heggelund see the Spotify link below:

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7 Responses to “2/7/14 – The House Of Love – Beatles And The Stones – 1990”

  1. nickpeters July 2, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    I *love* The House of Love, they were an incredible live band back in the day too. Haven’t had a chance to see the reformed band as they haven’t made it out to Australia, more’e the pity.

    I’ve never heard yours and Marte’s version of this track before. Bloody lovely. Is that a recent collaboration?

    I recently picked up Meg Baird’s wonderful 2011 album Seasons on Earth which features an equally singular cover of this song. Unsurprisingly she makes it quite folky, some nice picking and her somewhat mannered, but crystal clear voice:

    http://open.spotify.com/track/4omTwEOlbp5ia5g3bQH4xY

    • fotheringportconvection July 3, 2014 at 2:37 am #

      Without doubt one of my fave bands that I continue to listen to, and collect, all these years on…. they had that knack with melody and lyrics that, for me, just worked. That all important guitar sound too. Loved it. Shine On was my landmark intro…. and I bought to copies of the same vinyl album by mail order thanks to the shared title! Great choice MWP….

  2. Eskaedor July 3, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    Levitation’s Need For Not is a great album.

  3. Beefheart Smiles July 3, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Hey Marty! Here’s a spanish review of the purple covered compilation album:

    http://beefheartsmiles.blogspot.com.ar/2011/09/house-of-love-fontana-years.html

  4. simone July 4, 2014 at 5:23 am #

    Great band. Haven’t heard this for so many years. It’s definitely a classic,and so very English. I must say though that I am quite partial to yours and Marte’s version – it really is so lovely.

  5. Boydie July 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    The HOL’s 2013 record ‘She Paints Words In Red’ is one of my favourite records of recent times – a real surprise after the disappointment of their previous ‘Days Run Away’.

  6. AlienRendel September 17, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Always dug HOL. I think both of the post-reformation albums are good.

    Whenever I play HOL for someone, they inevitably get compared to the Church.

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