All About Eve

All About Eve were an English rock band. The initial creative core consisted of the Coventry-born Julianne Regan (vocals) and the Huddersfield-born Tim Bricheno ( guitar) and Andy Cousin (bass guitar) with other members changing over the years. Their biggest commercial success was “Martha’s Harbour” (1988), although the band’s tenure ran between 1984 and 2004, and included four UK Top 50 albums. The band have been recognised for their “unique, folk-rock-influenced take” on the gothic rock style and Regan has been described as “certainly one of the more talented singers” of the scene in the late 1980s.

Julianne Regan, a former journalist, played bass in an early line-up of the gothic rock group Gene Loves Jezebel  before leaving to form, with Manuela Zwingmann of Xmal Deutschland, The Swarm,  the precursor to All About Eve. The band’s name was taken from the 1950 film starring Bette Davis. The original line-up of All About Eve consisted of Regan, Zwingmann, Bricheno and bassist Gus Ferguson. The band released the independent single “D for Desire” in 1985, prior to Zwingmann and Ferguson leaving, the latter going on to enjoy success with Test Department Guitarist Tim Bricheno, suggested bassist Andy Cousin as a replacement for Ferguson, and so as a three-piece (plus a drum machine), they released “In the Clouds” (1986) and “Flowers in Our Hair” (1987) that were partially based on an ethereal gothic sound, sometimes compared to the music of the Cocteau Twins and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

After Regan sang backing vocals for The Mission’s God’s Own Medicine album,  the band received greater attention and were signed to Phonogram. Drummer Mark Price was added around this time.

Their British Hit Singles, years, and top positions are:

  • D for Desire – 1985
  • In the Clouds – 1986
  • Our Summer – 1987
  • Flowers in Our Hair – 1987
  • In the Clouds – 1987 – 47
  • Wild Hearted Woman – 1988 – 33
  • Every Angel – 1988 – 30
  • Martha’s Harbour – 1988 – 10
  • What Kind of Fool – 1988 – 29
  • Road to Your Soul – 1989 – 37
  • December – 1989 – 34
  • Scarlet – 1990 – 34
  • Farewell Mr. Sorrow – 1991 – 36
  • Strange Way – 1991 – 51
  • The Dreamer – 1991 – 41
  • Phased – 1992 – 38
  • Some Finer Day – 1992 – 57
  • Let Me Go Home – 2004 – 52
  • Keepsakes – 2006

Info from Wikipedia

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