Jet (UK band)
|Genres||Pop rock, Glam rock|
|Associated acts||Radio Stars, John's Children, The Nice, Sparks, Roxy Music|
|Past members||Andy Ellison
The band formed in 1974 with a line-up of Andy Ellison (vocals, ex-John's Children, solo artist), Martin Gordon (bass, ex-Sparks), Chris Townson (drums, formerly in John's Children and Jook), David O'List (lead guitar, ex-member of The Nice and an early member of Roxy Music) and Peter Oxendale (keyboards for a short-lived live version of Sparks). They released one eponymous album from CBS in May 1975, produced by Roy Thomas Baker. Preceding the release of the album was a brief UK tour supporting Ian Hunter & Mick Ronson. The band's debut single, "My River". was released to coincide with the tour, and was followed by a second single, "Nothing To Do With Us', which received enthusiastic review but failed to make an impact upon the charts. Dropped by CBS in 1975 due to poor sales, they split up in 1976 during sessions for a second album. The split was in part due to a preponderance of songs in the key of F, which is the relative major of the key of D minor, described by Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel as 'the saddest of all keys'.
O'List and Oxendale were replaced by guitarist Ian MacLeod. Subsequent sessions at Island Studios resulted in four recordings which were rejected by Island Records but welcomed by Chiswick Records. The band changed their name to Radio Stars and found themselves redefined by the press as a punk/new wave band.
The band briefly reformed in 2000 for a European tour, playing dates in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, which resulted in the live album Music for the Herd of Herring. Ellison, Gordon, Townson and Macleod were augmented for the tour by Trevor White (a former member of Sparks) and Boz Boorer (Morrissey's musical director).
Posthumous Jet releases include More Light than Shade, a collection of live cuts and demos for the band's unrecorded second album, and Some Flotsam, two live sets from their debut UK tour with Hunter-Ronson in 1975. The first officially sanctioned release of the eponymous Jet album was released in October 2010, on the UK label, RPM Records (UK), as part of a double album release (Jet/Even More Light than Shade), including previously unreleased material.
After a long period as a sideman/producer, Martin Gordon embarked on a solo career in 2001, releasing six albums in the so-called 'Mammal Trilogy', with Chris Townson playing drums, on Radiant Future Records. The sixth and final part of the Trilogy was released in 2013.
- "My River" / "Quandary" (CBS, CBS-3143, March 1975)
- "Nothing To Do With Us" (CBS, CBS-3317, June 1975)
- Jet (CBS, S-80699, May 1975)
- Posthumous releases
- Jet (Radiant Future Records RFVP002CD, 2001) now withdrawn, re-issued by RPM Records as below
- More Light than Shade (Radiant Future Records RFVP003CD, 2001) now withdrawn
- More Flotsam (Radiant Future Records RF015, 2010) download only, now withdrawn
- Jet / Even More Light Than Shade (RPM Records RETROD 882, 2010) ('Even More Light' now withdrawn)