The House of Love (1988 album)

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The House of Love
Studio album by The House of Love
Released 1988
Genre Alternative rock, dream pop
Length 32:03
Label Creation
Producer The House of Love
The House of Love chronology
The House of Love
(1988)
The House of Love
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[2]
NME 10/10 stars[3]

The House of Love is the eponymous debut album by the British alternative rock band The House of Love. Released in June 1988 by Creation Records, the album was a critical success.

Background[edit]

The album was recorded following the departure member of founder member Andrea Heukamp, who had played on the band's early singles.[4] Her only appearance on the album was playing guitar and singing backing vocals on the song "Christine" (the first song which group leader Guy Chadwick had written for The House of Love and had inspired the blueprint for the band's original lineup and style). Although the split was amicable, Chadwick would later comment "Losing Andrea Heukamp was a massive, massive blow for me: I loved her voice and I loved her playing, she was easily as important as Pete (Evans), Terry (Bickers) or Chris (Groothuizen)."[5]

Despite the loss of Heukamp, the remaining four members continued with the recording of the debut album. The only single which would make it onto the album was "Christine": surprisingly, neither of the band's first two singles ("Shine On" and "Real Animal") were included. Instead the band drew on other songs which Chadwick had built up. These included "Touch Me", which was the first song that Chadwick had ever written (and which, in 2007, remained his favourite), "Man to Child" (which stemmed from his anxieties about "feeling old at the age of 26") and "Road" (written about his experiences and feelings of alienation on the squatting scene following his move to London from the Midlands). "Love in a Car" was based on "an affair which went on too long" while "Hope" and "Sulphur" drew on Chadwick's failed first marriage (he would describe the songs as "the only positive thing that came out of it.")[5]

Although the recording sessions for the album were completed in just over a week, the mixing sessions - allegedly fuelled by copious use of LSD - proved more problematic, with producer Pat Collier dealing with the final mix after disagreements within the band.[4] The album was preceded by the release of "Christine" as a single in May 1988, which reached No. 1 in the independent charts.[4] The album itself was released later in May. As with the band's previous early singles compilation, the album lacked a title and featured only the band's name on the record sleeve: consequently the album became known simply as The House of Love.[6] A subsequent non-album single, "Destroy The Heart", was eventually voted single of the year in John Peel's Festive Fifty[4] and was added to the end of the next pressing of The House of Love (although it was removed from the 2007 reissue of the album).

In 2007 the reformed House of Love performed the album live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series.

Title confusion[edit]

The first three long-form House of Love releases - this album, the previous German-market early singles compilation, and the band's 1990 album on Fontana Records - would all lack of an evident title. To avoid confusion, the three untitled releases would be distinguished by informal titles: The German Album (the singles collection, due to its initial release in Germany), the 1988 album remains referred to as The House Of Love or as Creation (regarding the record label), and the 1990 album is often referred to as either Fontana (after the record label it was released on) or The Butterfly Album (after the sleeve art).

Legacy[edit]

It was ranked by NME as 453rd best album of all time.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Guy Chadwick.

  1. "Christine" - 3:26
  2. "Hope" - 2:55
  3. "Road" - 3:44
  4. "Sulphur" - 3:05
  5. "Man to Child" - 2:51
  6. "Salome" - 2:30
  7. "Love in a Car" - 3:59
  8. "Happy" - 2:53
  9. "Fisherman's Tale" - 3:45
  10. "Touch Me" - 3:02

(later issues would add "Destroy the Heart" as the eleventh track, although this would not feature on the 2007 reissue)

Personnel[edit]

  • Guy Chadwick - vocals, guitars
  • Terry Bickers - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Groothuizen - bass guitar
  • Pete Evans - drums

with

  • Andrea Heukamp - guitar and backing vocals on "Christine"

Deluxe Reissue[edit]

In November 2012 Cherry Red reissued House of Love in a deluxe 3-CD package, remastered by Simon Murphy, with liner notes by Guy Chadwick and Alan McGee, and including rare band photos by band photographer, Suzie Gibbons. The package compiles all of the band's recordings while with Creation Records in 1987-88.[7][8]

Track listing, disc 1: The House of Love[edit]

  1. "Christine"
  2. "Hope"
  3. "Road"
  4. "Sulphur"
  5. "Man to Child"
  6. "Salome"
  7. "Love in a Car"
  8. "Happy"
  9. "Fisherman's Tale"
  10. "Touch Me"
  11. "Shine On" [demo version]
  12. "Christine" [demo version]
  • All tracks composed by Guy Chadwick.
  • Tracks 11 and 12 were released on a 7" bonus disc that accompanied the first 3,000 copies of the album in 1988. Andrea Heukamp appears on these two tracks, in addition to track 1.
  • Remastered from original tapes except 11, 12 from vinyl.

Track listing, disc 2: "Singles and B-Sides & Rarities"[edit]

  1. "Shine On"
  2. "Love"
  3. "Flow"
  4. "Real Animal"
  5. "Plastic"
  6. "Nothing to Me"
  7. "The Hill"
  8. "Loneliness Is a Gun"
  9. "The Hedonist"
  10. "Welt"
  11. "Destroy The Heart"
  12. "Blind"
  13. "Mr Jo"
  14. "Destroy The Heart [demo]
  15. "Shine On [Fuck version]
  16. "I Don’t Know Why I Love You But I Do" [live]
  17. "Love In A Car" [live]
  18. "Destroy The Heart" [live]
  19. "I Wanna Be Your Dog" [live]
  • Tracks 1-3 are from the "Shine On" 12"-single (1987), and 3-6 from the "Real Animal" 12"-single (1987); tracks 7 and 8 are the b-sides from the "Christine" 12"-single (1987). These early single were first compiled on the German-release, House of Love, known as the "German Album" (1987, vinyl with 8 tracks; 1988 CD with addition of "Christine" b-sides). Tracks 9 and 10 were first released on the German Album in 1987. Andrea Heukamp appears on these recordings and sings lead vocals on "The Hill". In addition to "Shine On", both "Blind" and "Hedonist" would be re-recorded for the House of Love ("Butterfly") album.
  • Tracks 11-13 are the 1988 12"-single, "Destroy the Heart"
  • Track 14 was formerly available on the Creation Records compilation American Pensioners on Ecstasy (1991)
  • Track 15 was distributed as a free, single-sided flexi disc at House of Love concerts, and later made available on the Creation Records compilation Pensioners on Ecstasy (1990). It is a solo acoustic performance by Guy Chadwick.
  • Tracks 16-19 are previously unreleased.
  • All tracks remastered from original tapes, except 15.
  • All songs written by Chadwick, except "Flow" (by The House of Love), "Mr Jo" (Chadwick and Chris Groothuizen), and the cover of The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog"

Track listing, disc 3: "Previously Unreleased Mixes & Demos"[edit]

  1. "Shine On" [Guy Chadwick solo demo]
  2. "Touch Me" [demo 1]
  3. "Real Animal" [demo]
  4. "Happy" [demo 1]
  5. "Hold on Me" [16 track demo]
  6. "Christine" [16 track demo]
  7. "Modern World" [demo]
  8. "Salome" [alternate mix]
  9. "Man to Child" [alternate mix]
  10. "Hope" [alternate mix]
  11. "Love in a Car" [alternate mix]
  12. "Touch Me" [alternate mix]
  13. "Road" [alternate mix]
  14. "Fisherman's Tale" [alternate mix]
  15. "Happy" [demo 2]
  16. "Sulphur" [alternate mix]
  17. "Real Animal" [16 track demo]
  18. "Little Girl" [alias Mr Jo]
  19. "Shine On" [band demo]
  • All tracks on disc 3 are previously unreleased and are remastered from demo cassette tape.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The House of Love (1988 album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Hann, Michael (November 22, 2012). "The House of Love: The House of Love – review". The Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ [1]/
  4. ^ a b c d House of Love biography by Dave Roberts (on fansite)
  5. ^ a b Sleevenotes for the 2007 Renascent reissue of The House of Love
  6. ^ ""The House of Love: Bless this house" - article in The Independent by Fiona Sturges, April 14, 2005". London. April 14, 2005. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  7. ^ "Cherry Red page for The House of Love (2012)". Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Duquette, Mike (October 24, 2012). "The Second Disc discussion of The House of Love deluxe edition". TheSecondDisc.com Blog. Retrieved February 14, 2013.