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Music: Tones On Tail
From L-R: Glenn Campling (bass, keyboards), Daniel Ash (guitars, vocals), Kevin Haskins (drums)

"Yah, yah, yah, yah, yah, yah, yah-yah, yah"
"Right, let's do the 'Yah-yahs' now..."

"Go!"

Tones on Tail was a Post-Punk side project by Bauhaus guitarist Daniel Ash, composed of him with friend Glenn Campling and later Bauhaus drummer Kevin Haskins. The group took Bauhaus' gloom and doom and warped it into what they called "doom-and-dance-pop", fusing several different styles and sounds together into a unique take on Post-Punk and New Wave Music.

They released one LP, Pop, and several singles and EPs before splitting in 1984. A 1998 compilation, the aptly named Everything!, gathered up... everything. Ash and Haskins went on to form Love And Rockets with Bauhaus bassist David J.


The band provides examples of:

  • A Cappella: "Slender Fungus", composed of vocals and mouth noises.
  • Cover Version: A live cover of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel".
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Some of their promotional pictures are grayscale, and the band performed while dressed entirely in white.
  • Electronic Music
  • Epic Rocking: "Rain" runs to 8:27.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Subverted with Everything!. It's a collection of all of their music...except for three alternate versions of "Go!", "Burning Skies" and "Twist", which were instead included on the EP, Something!.
  • Excited Show Title!: The single "Go!", and the compilations Everything! and Something!.
  • Foreshadowing: The above picture shows the band in front of drawings of bees. In 1988, Love And Rockets would release a one-off single as The Bubblemen, in which they dressed up as bees.
  • Goth Rock
  • Mondegreen: The remix of "There's Only One" is titled "Now We Lustre" after a mondegreen of the song's title when it's reversed.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: The band did and fused together whatever they wanted, from airy gloom Pop ("Lions") to funky Post-Punk ("War"), club Synth Pop ("Performance"), heavy Goth Rock ("Christian Says"), Ambient Electronica ("Rain"), and A Cappella nonsense ("Slender Fungus").
  • New Wave Music: The band claim to be important to the genre's development.
  • Post-Punk
  • Psychedelic Rock: One of the more prominent influences, and its different styles can be heard throughout Pop.
  • Rock Trio: When Kevin joined. The first few singles were with a drum machine.
  • Studio Chatter: "Right, let's do the "yah-yahs" now" at the end of "Go!".
  • Take That: Peter Murphy believed "The Movement of Fear" was a shot at him, but Daniel never confirmed or denied this. Peter later wrote an Answer Song, "The Answer is Clear", which featured Daniel on guitars.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Much of Ash's lyrics are stream-of-consciousness incomprehensibility.
    "Love and hope and sex and dreams
    Pride and joy, fast cars, ice cream
    Jet black hair, soft socks and shoes
    Let's fish around, free air again"
  • Word Salad Title: "The Never Never (Is Forever)"

Peter MurphyGoth RockLove And Rockets
BauhausCreator/ 4 AD RecordsCocteau Twins
TocotronicAlternative IndieThe Tragically Hip
BauhausPost-PunkLove And Rockets
Tom Tom ClubMusic of the 1980sToo $hort

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