Voice of the Beehive
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|Voice of the Beehive|
|Origin||London, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Alternative, pop rock|
|Labels||Food, London, East West, Discovery|
|Associated acts||Madness, That Petrol Emotion|
|Past members||Tracey Bryn
Melissa Brooke Belland
Voice of the Beehive was an Anglo-American alternative pop rock band formed in London in 1986 by Californian sisters Tracey Bryn and Melissa Brooke Belland, daughters of The Four Preps singer, Bruce Belland. They teamed up with British musicians Mike Jones, Martin Brett, Mark Bedford and Daniel Woodgate, the latter two of which were former members of Madness. Bedford left after making formative contributions to the band and did not feature again, although Woodgate stayed for most of the band's career.
The band had five Top 40 singles from two albums in the UK. Their biggest commercial success came with the singles "I Say Nothing", "Don't Call Me Baby", "Monsters and Angels" and "I Think I Love You", taken from their first two albums, Let It Bee and Honey Lingers. A third album, Sex & Misery, was released in 1996; by this point sisters Tracey and Melissa were the sole group members. The band reformed in 2003 to play a two-week UK tour.
The members of Voice of the Beehive have since gone their separate ways. Tracey Bryn is a teacher in Laguna Beach, California. Melissa Belland runs her own company "Made In Heaven", also in Laguna Beach. Martin Brett runs Brett Dempsey Music Productions in London and joined I, Ludicrous on bass guitar in 2008. In 2011, he released his first solo single "Lover's Lane" under his original punk name Brett Martini. He also trained to become a facial hair specialist for film, theatre, and television in 2010. Daniel "Woody" Woodgate still plays drums, together with Mark Bedford on bass, in Madness. Mike Jones lives in Norwich, England and still plays guitar.
- Tracey Bryn - guitar and vocals - (born 17 May 1962, Encino, California)
- Melissa Brooke Belland or "Missy Beehive" - vocals - (born 17 February 1966, Los Angeles, California)
- Mark Bedford - bass guitar
- Martin Brett (Brett Martini) - bass guitar
- Mike Jones - guitar
- Daniel "Woody" Woodgate - drums
- Let It Bee (June 1988) No. 13 UK, No. 53 AUS, No. 40 NZ.
- Honey Lingers (August 1991) No. 17 UK, No. 68 AUS.
- Sex & Misery (February 1996)
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Hot 100
|US Modern Rock
|1987||"Just a City"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Let It Bee|
|"I Say Nothing"||45||—||—||73||—||—|
|1988||"I Walk the Earth"||42||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Don't Call Me Baby"||15||—||—||48||15||25|
|"I Say Nothing" (re-issue)||22||—||11||—||—||—|
|"I Walk the Earth" (re-issue)||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Man in the Moon"||93||—||—||—||—||—|
|1991||"Monsters and Angels"||17||74||8||72||—||—||Honey Lingers|
|"I Think I Love You"||25||—||—||12||—||—|
|1995||"Angel Come Down"[A]||86||—||—||—||—||—||Sex & Misery|
An early version of "Beat of Love" was featured on the London Records compilation Giant (1987).
- Angel Come Down peaked at #86 in the UK on the top 100 chart with exclusions applied for positions 76-100, removing singles falling out of the previous week's top 75 that reported a 20% or greater decline in sales over two consecutive weeks. On the uncompressed top 200 chart, with no exclusions applied below #75, Angel Come Down peaked at #103.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 588. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Official Charts > Voice of the Beehive". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
- Australian chart peaks:
- Top 100 (Kent Music Report) peaks prior to 26 June 1988: Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 330. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. This chart was licensed by ARIA until they commenced producing the chart in-house from 26 June 1988.
- Top 50 (ARIA Chart) peaks: "Australian Charts > Voice of the Beehive". australian-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
- Top 100 (ARIA Chart) singles and albums peaks, including peaks between 51-100 from January 1990, to December 2010: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
- "Let It Bee" (ARIA Chart) peak: "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-07-15". imgur.com. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
- "charts.org.nz > Voice of the Beehive". charts.org.nz Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
- "Billboard Artists / Voice of the Beehive: The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
- "Billboard Artists / Voice of the Beehive: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
- "Screen shot of search results for 'Voice of the Beehive', from http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2015-12-04. External link in
- "Chart Log UK". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved 2014-01-20.