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Jane Aire and the Belvederes

Jane Aire and the Belvederes

Jane Aire and the Belvederes


The story goes that Jane Ashley was discovered by Liam Sternberg singing along to a juke box in a cafe in Akron, Ohio, and Jane Aire was born. As far as I know, Jane released five singles, one album and featured on the 'Akron' compilation album. She was a protege of Liam Sternberg and 'the Belvederes' don't seem to have existed other than in name at first but, when she came to London the role was filled by a band called the Edge (made up of Lu Edmonds, Jon Moss, Gavin Povey and Glyn Havard). Read more on Last.fm
The story goes that Jane Ashley was discovered by Liam Sternberg singing along to a juke box in a cafe in Akron, Ohio, and Jane Aire was born. As far as I know, Jane released five singles, one album and featured on the 'Akron' compilation album. She was a protege of Liam Sternberg and 'the Belvederes' don't seem to have existed other than in name at first but, when she came to London the role was filled by a band called the Edge (made up of Lu Edmonds, Jon Moss, Gavin Povey and Glyn Havard). Other famous names associated with Jane are Kirsty MacColl and Rachel Sweet who provided backing vocals on her album (Rachel also featured on the 'Akron' album). When I Was Young/I'm An Actress ('Akron', Stiff, 1978) Both songs are on the 'Akron' compilation album, famous for it's "scratch'n'sniff" tyre on the cover. Both songs stand out as being proper songs rather than the semi-experimental nature of some of the other tracks.

They're relatively raw pop-punk in a USA-stylee. The album has not been released on CD (as far as I know). Yankee Wheels/Nasty... Nice (Stiff, 1978) This was Jane's first single and 'Yankee Wheels' has the honour of featuring on Stiff compilation CDs.

The chugging chorus bellows out the title. 'Nasty... Nice' is less poppy and more in keeping with the experimental style of the 'Akron' album with Jane in shrieking mood. Call Me Every Night/Lazy Boy (Virgin, 1979) Jane moved from Stiff to Virgin and this single was obviously meant to break her in the UK being a picture disc (the latest trend in records).

A lot more poppy and commercial, almost touching on power-pop. 'Lazy Boy' is a bit moodier and uses horns for emphasis in the chorus (another sign that money was invested on this single). Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache/Life After You (Virgin, 1979) A single with two tracks from the album, presumably issued to promote the album. Jane Aire & The Belvederes (Virgin, 1979) A 10-track album released by Virgin and produced by Liam Sternberg. The sound and songs are very different to her work the previous year, far more commercial and targeted at the young punky-pop/power-pop market. It tries out various musical styles, touching on a sort of Motown/Northern Soul feel to some tracks, straight out-and-out pop, a couple of tracks even seem to anticipate the 'power ballad' style that emerged later in the '80s. 'No More Cherry Icing' sounds like the Go-Gos would sound a few years later (which must be the Sternberg influence). I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten/Heat Of The City (Stiff, 1982) Jane was quiet for a few years and then issued this single on the Stiff label.

It's very 1980s with the tell-tale electronic drum-beat/drum-clash without any resonance. More interesting is the 'B' side which was co-written by Jane and has a reggae rhythm going on in the background. The complete Jane Aire & The Belvederes' discography is: When I Was Young I'm An Actress Yankee Wheels Nasty... Nice Call Me Every Night Lazy Boy Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache No More Cherry Icing Driving When You Can't Be Loved Take It To The Next Wave Duke Of Love Come See About Me Life After You Wind Up Love Is A Fire I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten Heat Of The City Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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