Gene Loves Jezebel are to play at the Like Totally 80s Festival, which takes place at Huntington Beach in California, USA on Saturday 12 May. Other artists on the bill include The Human League and one of James Stevenson’s other bands, The Alarm. This will be a long-awaited return to the USA, and due to the legalities will be known as Jay Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel for this appearance. Tickets are available at Ticketfly.
James Stevenson is releasing a 2-CD album showcasing some of the many bands and artists that he has worked with over the past forty years. Entitled 40 Years In The Rock ‘n’ Roll Wilderness, the 32-track album features four Gene Loves Jezebel songs plus a Jay Aston solo. It is available for pre-order now at James’ website for early February release.
Full track-listing is as follows: Urban Kids – Chelsea Trouble Is The Day – Chelsea Barmy London Army – Charlie Harper Andy Warhol (live) – Gen X Baby Sign Here With Me – Henry Badowski Water On Glass – Kim Wilde Tell Him – Annabel Lamb Heat – Hot Club Don’t Worry – The Smart Big Tears – Gary Holton and The Gang Show Desire (Come And Get It) – Gene Loves Jezebel Break The Chain – Gene Loves Jezebel Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky Come Naturally – Gene Loves Jezebel Who Wants To Go To Heaven? – Jay Aston Jealous (acoustic version) – Gene Loves Jezebel 45 RPM – The Alarm Superchannel – The Alarm My Town – The Alarm Move Over – Beki Bondage Sod The War – Chelsea Living In The Urban UK – Chelsea Cosy Family Way – Chelsea Home – Chelsea Open Mind – Glen Matlock And The Philistines Hey Mister – Glen Matlock And The Philistines FBI – The International Swingers Fool’s Holiday – The International Swingers Whatever Works Now – The International Swingers The Width Of A Circle (live) – Holy Holy Suzi’s Problem – James Stevenson Come On People – James Stevenson
Jay has a couple of live performances booked in. The first is this coming Saturday at Nambucca in Holloway Road, London. He will be on stage at 7.45pm for a short acoustic set. Venue details are on the Nambucca website.
On Wednesday 24 September, he will be in New York for a slot at the live venue, Berlin. Get more details about the venue on their Facebook page.
The In The Poppy Fields blog have once again interviewed James, where he talks about what he’s up to this year, including the new Gene Loves jezebel album, plus plans for a follow up solo album and his long-awaited book.
James has his 2014 solo album, Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over, now available on vinyl. Until now it has only been available in limited numbers – including to pledgers of the new Gene Loves Jezebel album, Dance Underwater – but is now on general sale via his website.
It is a blue vinyl edition with gatefold sleeve.
Written by James and produced by Peter Walsh, many of the songs feature Peter Rizzo on bass and/or Chris Bell on drums, with Jay co-writing one of the songs. On Go Mister, you will find both Pete and Chris alongside James.
Californian ‘indie-folk’ band The Mountain Goats have just released their sixteenth studio album, entitled Goths. The final song of the 12-track album is Abandoned Flesh and a paean to Gene Loves Jezebel and the overlooked forgotten bands.
Gene Loves Jezebel will release, Summertime, on 2nd June. Taken from the forthcoming album, Dance Underwater, this will be a digital-only single. The album itself is due on 30th June, as CD, gatefold clear vinyl and download.