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Editors’ Notes

The gloriously syrupy drones of Gene Loves Jezebel's frontmen (twin brothers Jay and Micheal Aston) rose in the afterglow of such pop doomsayers as Bauhuas and Siouxsie & The Banshees. And it all worked together swimmingly. This set collects everything great the band did between the years 1983 and 1999, from their broody dance-club hurts (“Bruises,” “Influenza," and “The Cow”) to the stuff recorded after former Gen X guitarist James Stevenson had joined the fold (the big-lunged hits “Desire,” “The Motion of Love," and “Jealous”). Stevenson’s muscular modal riffs brought pop energy and concise songcraft; this helped the band’s fortunes rise, especially in the United States, throughout the mid- and late '80s. By 1993’s should’ve-been-big “Josephina,” the band were all but done—but not before they released the truly beautiful “Who Wants to Go to Heaven” in 1999, a tune that fittingly closes this set.

Customer Reviews

A Different Kind of Cool

I climbed Mount Fuji in Japan listening to (GLJ)'s House of Dolls on one side of a cassette and Depeche Mode's Violator on the other over and over. I really got into them after seeing a Gene Loves Gezebel / Flesh For Lulu concert in High School. This is a very cool band that threw down with a combination of eccentric alt.rock, unique vocals, and cool guitar. The sometimes swirling and frequetly urgent sound always had something about it that the more you listened the more it was addicting. This is a good smattering of songs from their catalog, with some great tracks. Only one or two songs could have been skipped, because they have so many other great songs to pull from. I never liked Stephen. There are too many good songs here not to make it Five Stars... Twenty Killer Hurts, Heartache, Gorgeous, Desire, Always a Flame, Break the Chain, Josephina, Bruises, Upstairs, and The Cow are favorites. If you want to check out more of their music, House of Dolls is probably their most accessible album. In its entirety, a great album, getting better song for song until the final four songs really take you on a musical trip. Immigrant, Discover, and Heavenly Bodies are other favorites. Heavenly Bodies was underrated, and had it received more airplay, might have givien them increased visibility. Most of the album is pretty good


This album takes me back to high school and my first experiences in underground clubs...Unfortunately we never got to hear much more than the 12" Desire. Great work...

high school memories

all these songs do take me back to Milby High School running around with all the queens you know who you are saw glj a couple of times in concert even got my poster signed


Formed: 1981 in Porthcawl, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Twin brothers Jay and Michael Aston began playing music in 1980 when they formed Slav Arian with guitarist Ian Hudson and a drum machine. Though the Astons grew up in Porthcawl, South Wales, they moved to London in 1981 and renamed the goth-influenced group Gene Loves Jezebel. The trio played several live shows and were quickly signed by Situation 2. In May 1982, the label released Gene Loves Jezebel's demo single, "Shavin' My Neck." The band then added bassist Julianne Regan and drummer Dick Hawkins....
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