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Clockwise from left: Daniel Ash (guitars, vocals), Kevin Haskins (drums), David J (bass, vocals)

"My world is your world
People like to hear their names
I'm no exception
Please call my name"
-"No New Tale to Tell"

Love and Rockets were an Alternative Rock band from England, composed of the members of Goth Rock godfathers Bauhaus, minus Peter Murphy: guitarist Daniel Ash, bassist David J, and drummer Kevin Haskins. They formed after Bauhaus split and Ash's side band, Tones on Tail, dissolved. The three attempted a reunion for Bauhaus, but Murphy declined to join, so the remaining trio formed a new group named after the comic.

Their style incorporated Post-Punk, '60s Psychedelic Rock, and later in the band's life Electronic Music, and they had a Top 10 hit in the US in 1989 with "So Alive."

The band split in 1999, reformed in 2007 alongside a brief Bauhaus reunion, then split again in 2009. Daniel and Kevin formed a new group in 2017, Poptone, with bassist Diva Dompe, before another Bauhaus reunion in 2019.

Studio Discography:

  • Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven (1985)
  • Express (1986)
  • Earth, Sun, Moon (1987)
  • Love and Rockets (1989)
  • Hot Trip to Heaven (1994)
  • Sweet F.A. (1996)
  • Lift (1998)

This band provides examples of:

  • Alternative Rock: One of the bands that bridged the Post-Punk of the '70s with the Alternative College Rock of the '80s.
  • Cover Version: The Temptations' "Ball of Confusion" and Pink Floyd's "Lucifer Sam."
  • '80s Hair: Daniel's and Kevin's hair defied gravity, as seen above.
  • Electronic Music: Their last few albums incorporated electronics and dancier rhythms.
  • Goth Rock: Born out of Goth Rock forefathers Bauhaus, elements of it always remained in their sound but became less prominent with every album.
  • Lead Bassist: David J shared songwriting and vocal duties with Daniel Ash.
  • Lesser Star: Kevin didn't sing or write, but he was still important to the band's sound.
  • New Sound Album:
    • Earth, Sun, Moon had a more acoustic, folkier sound.
    • Love and Rockets and Sweet F.A. had a harder rock sound than the albums before them.
    • Hot Trip to Heaven and Lift were Electronic Music.
  • Rock Trio: A classic guitarist/bassist/drummer example, though they're one of the few to be born out of a four-piece band with a dedicated singer; they simply continued without him as a trio.
  • Self-Titled Album: Their 1989 album.
  • Sibling Team: Kevin and David are brothers.
  • Spin-Off: The band released a one-off single in 1988, "The Bubblemen Are Coming," as The Bubblemen, in which they would dress up as bees in live performances.
  • Train Song: "Kundalini Express" and "Yin and Yang (The Flowerpot Man)" from Express.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Daniel and David split lead vocal duties.