72 - The House of Love by The House of Love 1988
In the guitar wilderness between the Smiths and Suede, ploughing a lone furrow against the invasion of grunge , for one year The House of Ove were the most exciting band in the country, they were contenders. Drugs , depression , major label intereference , a messy divorce bewtween the 2 main creative talents all meant that they faded away.
However in 1988 they shone brightly.
I was at poly in Leeds when this came out and along with the Wedding Present they provided a sense of energy and sharp edges that contrasted with a lot of the smooth Steely Dan influenced bands I was listening to at the time. They also came across as wonderfully aloof as all good guitar bands should be!
Christine and the non lp single Destroy the Heart became a staple of the weds night poly discos (at which your shoes would end up caked in a strange reddy brown gunge known as poly crap).
Drawing a straight line from the early Bunnymen lps I was worried that the 10 variations on a Christine theme would stretch a bit thin. However the rest of the lp is more about melody and some fantastic guitar playing by Terry Bickers who somehow got lost between Marr and Butler
Hope - House of Love
Recently re released in 3 disc glory you can get a copy here.
Everytime I listen to this , I can't help thinking what could have been