Back in 1986, the demo tape from The House Of Love led to the band getting a deal with Creation Records. The first single was Shine On, a cracking bit of indie-pop, almost goth-like, which really should have taken the charts by storm when it was released in May 87.
mp3 : The House of Love – Shine on (Creation Records)
Three years later, and despite a lack of commercial success, the band were considered worthy of a punt from Fontana Records based on the really well-received debut LP and so a lucrative deal was inked. However, the devil was in the detail of the contract and the band and label were soon at loggerheads on what sort of sounds should be getting recorded and released. The tensions weren’t helped by the fact that the first two singles for the new label stalled at #41 and then by founder member and lead guitarist Terry Bickers deciding he’d had enough.
The solution? Take the re-recorded version of the debut single and try again. This time it got to #20, by far the best performing 45 in the band’s initial six-year career.
mp3 : The House Of Love – Shine On (Fontana Records)
A tad more polished and therefore more acceptable to those who determined what could and should get onto the playtime lists of daytime Radio 1 and the various commercial stations. And while the original is rightly acknowledged as the ‘better’ version, only the very worst music snob would say they were appalled by the remix and begrudge the band the long overdue chart success.
The remix was released across a multitude of formats (a very common thing for bands on Fontana as those of you following the James singles series will be aware), but I’ve only got one of the 12″ singles in the collection and here’s the b-sides from that:-
mp3 : The House Of Love – Allergy
mp3 : The House Of Love – Scratched Inside