Some early rave psychedelia from another group that had its head turned by the dance explosion in the late 1980s.

Originally a quartet whose sound drew inspiration from psychedelia, the Beloved found its greatest success as a rave-influenced dance-pop duo. Throughout its fluid existence, the guiding force behind the group remained vocalist Jon Marsh, who formed the band Journey Through at Cambridge University with Steve Waddington and Tim Havard; with the addition of Guy Gausden (November ’84), the group renamed itself the Beloved, and gradually evolved into a moody dance outfit not dissimilar to New Order.

In 1986, the Beloved issued their first single, “A Hundred Words” a series of releases (including the EP Happy Now, the double A-sided single “Surprise Me”/”Forever Dancing” and the 1987 compliation Where It Is) followed, but none garnered any significant critical or commercial success. Consequently, Gousden and Havard exited in 1987, at much the same time Marsh and Waddington were falling under the sway of London’s burgeoning rave community.


The Beloved – Acid Love from 1988
The Beloved – Sweet Harmony (Consolidated Dub Mix) from 1993
The Beloved website
There are a load of downloads at the website here

~ by acidted on June 16, 2008.

3 Responses to “B IS FOR THE BELOVED (PT 1)”

  1. […] this on account of there being remixes by The Beloved (previously here). They’re pretty housey […]

  2. […] 1990 comes this rare Beloved remix. The Beloved (previously here) were muched loved by early ravers, not least for their classics Sun Rising, Your Love Takes Me […]

  3. […] We had a couple of The Beloved posts a few weeks ago and I meant to include this track. But forgot. This post remedies that senior moment. This is a remix of The Beloved’s first single (1987) given a remix by Stephen Street (I think). Sounds horribly dated today and firmly located in the 80s. More on The Beloved here. […]

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