The House of Love (Butterfly)

A true masterpiece of indie music.  For a short time between The Smiths and The Stone Roses; The House of Love were going to take over the world.  It was a delicate blend of shoegaze and dream pop.  Lush fragile melodies with beautifully written songs.  This was there first album on the Fontana label and their third self-titled release.  At the time of release the band was is disarray, it had just lost Terry Bickers, who was against the signing to Fontana.  His departure at a motorway services from the tour bus and psychedelic guitar are legendary.  I think that his influence on the album is much deeper than anyone could imagine.

I think that every song on the album has been my favourite at one stage.  I seem to return to  I Don’t Know Why I Love You consistently,  and 32nd Floor is another that I hold dearly.

It is a very listenable album, and a safe bet that people are going to like it.  I have played this album when guests have come round, rather then reaching for a nice 12 minute version of Rollercoaster by Spacemen 3.  But instead of being middle-of-the-road it is a very subtle work.  It paves the way for bands such as Slowdive to use thick swirling guitars.

What amazes me is that when you listen to The House of Love you think that they would be quiet sensitive types, but this image was shattered after reading Alan McGee’s and the Story of Creation Records.  Alan McGee tells a story about taking bands like Primal Scream and My Bloody Valentine to the legendary Schoom club in Brighton.  This was their first introduction to House music and ecstasy.  While Gillespie and Shields would get into the music; Guy Chadwick would get naked.  Alan McGee would refer to The House of Love as’, “out of control”.

House of Love (Butterfly)

Shine On
Beatles And The Stones
Shake And Crawl
I Don’t Know Why I Love You
Someone’s Got To Love You
In A Room
32nd Floor
Se Dest

3 thoughts on “The House of Love (Butterfly)

  1. Cherry Red did a good job with the first House Of Love album. I’d be delighted if they could tackle the second one – known as Fontana or The Butterfly Album. You’d need three CDs and this is what I think should be included.

    Disc 1: The House Of Love (1990)
    01 Hannah
    02 Shine On
    03 Beatles And The Stones
    04 Shake And Crawl
    05 Hedonist
    06 I Don’t Know Why I Love You
    07 Never
    08 Someone’s Got To Love You
    09 In A Room
    10 Blind
    11 32nd Floor
    12 Se Dest

    Disc 2: A Spy In The House Of Love (1990)
    01 Safe
    02 Marble
    03 D Song 89
    04 Scratched Inside
    05 Phone
    06 Cut The Fool Down
    07 Ray
    08 Love II
    09 Baby Teen
    10 Love III
    11 Soft As Fire
    12 Love IV
    13 No Fire
    14 Love V

    Disc 3: Single Mixes and B-Sides
    01 Never (12″ Version)
    02 Safe (Original Mix)
    03 I Don’t Know Why I Love You (7″ Version)
    04 Secrets
    05 I Can’t Stand It
    06 Clothes
    07 The Spy
    08 Shine On (Full Re-recorded Version)
    09 No Fire (Original Mix)
    10 Allergy
    11 Rosalyn
    12 Rouge
    13 Scratched Inside (Alternate Mix)
    14 Beatles And The Stones (Remix)
    15 Phone (Acoustic)
    16 Marble (Original Mix)
    17 Glorify Me
    18 Baby Teen (Radio Edit)

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