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The House of Love had the songs. What the band didn't have was good fortune; its timing was off. The House of Love started off in the U.K. with a decent audience willing to cock an ear to its post-Smiths pop music, but when it was time to expand its reach, the Madchester craze hit the U.K. and grunge hit America. Regardless, singer/guitarist Guy Chadwick steadily amassed solid, shimmering singles and album tracks that cut deeper than they appeared. This Best Of was released in 1998, at a time when House of Love's releases were extremely difficult to find in the U.S. Having never caught on beyond alternative radio, the band was in that netherworld where enough time hadn't passed for it to be rediscovered. Nearly all of its singles are collected here, with a few b-sides thrown in for fuller measure. For a 15-track summary, this set has enough highlights to encourage newcomers to go ever deeper. How can a pop fan resist "I Don't Know Why I Love," "Christine," "Never," or "Shine On"? It's likely not possible.

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A band that will hopefully get their due

Where's "Christine"? Leaving their best song off this compilation is probably a result of some sort of confusing legal record-label issue, but it certainly should be here. There are other great songs that somehow didn't make it onto this comp, but most of what's here does represent the greatness of The House of Love.

great stuff. One of the most under rated bands!

Guy Chadwick is a great song writer and some good lyrics too. Christine is truly a great song that is missing. Saw them is London in 90. Wow they were bad. I think One of them sobered up since then. Guy's solo stuff is good too. Shows the brits had indie long before it was cool here in US.

Best of Fontana recordings misses the greats

This is merely the best of the recordings from the Fontana days, which Shine On being re-recorded here. The songs are pleasant yet seem to missing some of the raw excitement of the early days. The opening track, I Don't Know Why I Love You is the standout. Marble is decent but the remake of Shine On doesn't really do it for me. Not sure why the Purple Rose of Cairo is missing. Anyway, the true best of The House of Love comes from their earlier work on Creation. Do yourself a favor and go find the compilation of ALL the Creation songs, basically up to Destroy The Heart. THAT is a classic. This is a watered down shadow.


Formed: 1986 in London, England

Genre: Rock

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

The post-Smiths guitar pop of the House of Love was popular for a short time in the late '80s and early '90s, as many college and alternative rock fans became converts to their mixture of shiny ringing guitars, pseudo-psychedelic melodies, and bursts of noise. The British group formed in 1986; it featured Guy Chadwick (vocals, guitar), Terry Bickers (guitar), Andrea Heukamp (vocals, guitar), Pete Evans (drums), and Chris Groothuizen (bass). Their demo tape attracted the attention of Alan McGee, the...
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