In 1989 he left Gene Loves Jezebel due to his unhappiness with the direction of the band and strained relations with his twin brother, Jay. Moving to California, Michael started The Immigrants which eventually became Edith Grove. Edith Grove released its debut album to rave reviews and Michael eventually decided to tone things down a bit and he wrote and released his first solo album, Why Me Why This Why Now?. Michael rejoined Gene Loves Jezebel instead of writing and recording a new Edith Grove album; the band's debut album was its only album.
The Gene Loves Jezebel Name
Between 1993 and 1997 Michael and Jay were working together on various projects and recordings, including an album that would eventually become VII. Both brothers did a reunion tour from February 1997 to October 1997 as Gene Loves Jezebel, however that ended with the recording and subsequent tour for VII. Another bitter falling out ensued. According to Michael, he refused to be pushed out of the band after all of the work he had put into the reunion and reformed GLJ with the backing band used on the first '97 Pre-Raphaelite Brothers tour. This caused much confusion amongst the fans as to who had the rights to the band name. Jay sued Michael to stop him from using Gene Loves Jezebel.
Judge O'Brien in LA Superior Court denied twice the injunctions intended to stop Michael from using the Gene Loves Jezebel name. Jay withdrew the case with prejudice meaning that he could never sue Michael again. Jay released VII in 1998. Jay erased all of Michael's vocals and credits off the album, however a copy of this album with Michael's vocals was released as The Doghouse Sessions.
Michael leads the U.S. version of the band while Jay leads the UK version. In 2001, Michael filed for the Gene Loves Jezebel trademark which he was granted in September 2002, ICANN awarded Michael the www.genelovesjezebel.com domain name.
- Jo-Ann Greene (January 1999). "Gene Loves Jezebel: From Celtic hums and Gothic drones to sibling rivalry, it's a twin thing...". Goldmine. Retrieved 11 April 2008.