The Edge

The Edge was an English New Wave/art-punk band from London that debuted with a single on Albion Records in 1978, followed by two singles on WEA-subsidiary Hurricane Records in 1979. That same year, the band backed American singer Jane Aire as “The Belvederes” on her singular album for Virgin. The band’s own album, Square 1, appeared on Hurricane in 1980.

Bassist Glyn Havard had been with Icarus and Jade Warrior during the early 1970s and concurrently played in Yachts. Keyboardist Gavin Povey subsequently headed the ambient-jazz combo A Tent, while drummer Jon Moss soared to fame as one-fourth of the global pop sensation Culture Club. Guitarist Lu Edmonds would later resurface in The Mekons, Shriekback, and Public Image Ltd.

Members: Glyn Havard (vocals, bass), Lu Edmonds (guitar), Gavin Povey (vocals, keyboards), Jon Moss (drums)


-The Edge

2 Aug 1980
A: Macho Man
B: I’m Cold

1 Jun 1979
A: Downhill
B: American Express

3 Aug 1979
A: Watching You
B: Overtaking


Jane Aire and The Belvederes

Apr 1978
A: Yankee Wheels
B: Nasty Nice

27 Jul 1979
A: Call Me Every Night
B: Lazy Boy

Jane Aire and The Belvederes released their singular self-titled album on September 28, 1979, on Virgin.

Written-By – Liam Sternberg (tracks: A2, A4-B1, B3, B4)
Keyboards, Guitar – Pietro Nardini
Backing Vocals – Joan Ashley, Kirsty MacColl, Rachel Sweet

A1. “Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache” (2:53) originated as a 1968 CBS–Direction a-side by Rochester soulsters Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon, whose original reached No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. Its writers, Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, also wrote sixties hits for The Toys (“A Lover’s Concerto”) and the Four Seasons (“Working My Way Back to You,” “Let’s Hang On!”). 
A2. “No More Cherry Icing” (2:50)
A3. “Driving” (3:26) originated as a May 1979 a-side by the San Francisco new wave band Pearl Harbor & The Explosions.
A4. “When You Cant Be Loved” (3:17)
A5. “Take It to the Next Wave” (2:25)
B1. “Duke of Love” (3:16)
B2. “Come See About Me” (3:33) originated as an October 1964 a-side by The Supremes, written by the Motown songwriting team Holland–Dozier–Holland.
B3. “Life After You” (2:32)
B4. “Wind Up” (3:12)
B5. “Love Is a Fire” (3:19) is a song first recorded by (ex-Ten Wheel Drive) singer Genya Ravan for the soundtrack to The Warriors, co-written by Leo Sayer songwriters Johnny Vastans (“I Hear the Laughter”) and Vinnie Poncia (“You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”).

Producer – Liam Sternberg
Engineer – George Chambers, Steve Prestage
Technician [Sound Director] – Hugh Padgham

Bass – Glyn Havard
Drums – Jon Moss
Guitar – Chris Jenkins, Lu Edmonds
Keyboards – Gavin Povey

Percussion – David Arnold
Strings – Gavyn Wright
Saxophone – Jeff Daley, Ray Warleigh
Trombone – Chris Pyne, Malcolm Griffiths
Trumpet – Martin Drover, Michael Davis

Sleeve – Jill Mumford
Photography By – Paddy Eckersley

A: Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache
B: Life After You

Dexys Midnight Runners covered “Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache” as the b-side to their 1980 UK No. 1 hit “Geno.”


Square 1

The Edge released their singular album, Square 1, in 1980 in Hurricane.

A1. “Edge Theme” (3:16)
A2. “Weekend Return” (3:14)
A3. “Wallflowers” (3:23)
A4. “Winning Streak” (3:30)
A5. “Isn’t It Strange?” (3:02)
A6. “Hanging Man” (3:42)
B1. “Friday the 17th” (3:01)
B2. “I Give Up” (2:41)
B3. “Let Go” (3:16)
B4. “Take Off” (2:11)
B5. “Here and Now” (1:48)
B6. “Next In Line” (3:33)
B7. “New World” (3:05)

Engineer – Bazza
Producer – Liam Sternberg


Discography:

  • “Macho Man” / “I’m Cold” (1978)
  • “Edge Theme” (flexi, 1979)
  • “Downhill” / “American Excess” (1979)
  • “Watching You” / “Overtaking” (1979)
  • Square 1 (1980)

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