The Maisonettes

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The Maisonettes
OriginBirmingham, England
GenresSynthpop
Psychedelic pop
Years active1982-1984
Past members

The Maisonettes were a 'one hit wonder' English pop band formed by Laurence "Lol" Mason (formerly of City Boy)[1] and Mark Tibenham, best known for their hit single "Heartache Avenue".

History[edit]

The group's debut single, "Heartache Avenue", reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart in early 1983,[2] topped the UK Independent Chart,[3] and later peaked at number 12 on the Canadian chart and number 97 in Australia. The band's demo was picked up by David Virr, who released "Heartache Avenue" on his own Ready Steady Go! label.[4] The single had been recorded with session backing singers, but to promote the single, they recruited Denise Ward and Elaine Williams, although these two were later replaced.[4]

The follow-up single, "Where I Stand", peaked at no. 28 on the UK Independent Chart.[3]

In 1984 their album, Maisonettes for Sale, was released in Canada, including "Heartache Avenue" and ten other songs. With no further hits, the group soon disbanded.

"Heartache Avenue" was later sampled by UK rap group Roll Deep, for the chorus on their UK Top 40 hit, "The Avenue".

In 2004, Heartache Avenue: The Very Best of the Maisonettes was released in the UK by Cherry Red records, containing two unreleased tracks, the original "Heartache Avenue" and a remix, and fifteen other songs.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Maisonettes for Sale (1983), Ready Steady Go!
Compilations
  • Heartache Avenue: The Very Best of the Maisonettes (2004), Cherry Red

Singles[edit]

  • "Heartache Avenue" (1982), Ready Steady Go! - UK no. 7, UK Indie no. 1
  • "Where I Stand" (1983), Ready Steady Go! - UK Indie no. 28
  • "Addicted" (1983), Ready Steady Go!
  • "This Affair" / "Say it Again" (double A-side) (1983), Ready Steady Go!
  • "Lifeboat" (1983), Ready Steady Go!
  • "Hot Club" (1983), Quality
  • "Two Can Have A Party" (1984), Ready Steady Go!

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larkin, Colin (1997) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Seventies Music, Virgin Books, ISBN 978-0753501542, p. 92
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 344. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ a b Lazell, Barry (1998) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-95172-069-4, p. 140
  4. ^ a b Unterberger, Ritchie "The Maisonettes Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 9 February 2018
  5. ^ Unterberger, Ritchie "The Heartache Avenue: The Very Best of the Maisonettes Review", Allmusic. Retrieved 9 February 2018

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