Album:Love and Rockets: Expanded Edition
The 1989 top five hit So Alive was the biggest hit for the British group Love and Rockets. The band was formed out of the ashes of the popular goth group Bauhaus, best known for the hit Bela Lugosi's Dead. Bauhaus split up in 1983 when lead singer Peter Murphy went solo. Guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins formed the group Tones On Tail. Bassist David J (Haskins) was planning a solo career when there was talk about reforming Bauhaus. But when Murphy didn't show for a rehearsal, the other three formed Love and Rockets after the popular comic book by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez. The band's sound was more psychedelic influenced than the dark sound of Bauhaus. They signed with Beggar's Banquet in England and RCA in the US. So Alive is from the 1989 album Love and Rockets, their fourth album. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Beggar's Banquet released an expanded 2CD edition of Love and Rockets in 2002. Burned out by touring, Love and Rockets took a break and returned with the 1994 CD Hot Trip To Heaven. It was more electronic than earlier albums. RCA didn't like it and dropped them. They signed with American Recordings. While recording the 1996 album Sweet F.A., a fire broke out in the recording studio and Love and Rockets lost all their gear. The band's legal battle with American and their insurance company forced them to leave the label and release the 1998 album Lift on Red Ant Records. Then they split up in 1999. Love and Rockets reunited in 2007 to record a song for a Joe Strummer tribute album. There are no further plans for Love and Rockets to reunite. Ash has recorded several solo albums and so has David J who has also written plays. With his partner Doug DeAngelis and known as Messy, Kevin Haskins composes music for film, TV and video games. Here's the video for So Alive by Love and Rockets.