INDIE DANCE: REVENGE / MIKE PICKERING

Peter Hook of New Order’s other band. And their best, most danceable, release “Pineapple Face”. True, the band wasn’t New Order but few bands are. They weren’t as bad as was made out at the time.

From Wiki: Revenge was a band formed by New Order bassist Peter Hook (vocals, bass, keyboards) and Lavolta Lakota and Rawhead singer Davyth Hicks (aka Dave Hicks) on guitar and vocals, and Chris Jones (keyboards). Revenge formed after New Order’s hiatus in 1989-1990 and played their final gigs in January 1993. After the album One True Passion was written, the band was joined on stage by David Potts (bass and guitar) and Ash Taylor on drums.

The band toured the first album worldwide playing gigs in Europe, North and South America and Japan in 1991. It was after the Japan tour that Hicks decided to leave, quoting “musical differences”, but more with the feeling of frustration over the direction of Revenge and his own desire to return to being lead singer. He formed Rawhead in Manchester and reformed the band in Scotland in 1993.

In May 1991 the band recruited new members Brian Whittaker (bass and guitar) and Mike Hedges (drums) who debuted at the Cities in The Park Festival. After completion of touring and promoting New Order’s 1993 album Republic, Hook returned to Revenge with the intention of recording a new album. However, the band soon disintegrated and Hook retained the talents of only David Potts to form Monaco.

It has often been speculated that the band’s name referred to Hook seeking revenge on Bernard Sumner for the latter’s formation of the band Electronic with Johnny Marr. In fact, the name came from the word Revenge emblazoned on a leather jacket worn by George Michael in the video for his hit song, “Faith”.

From the UK and US releases of “Pineapple Face” (best mix is the near instrumental Calls It A Day mix):

Revenge – Pineapple Face’s Last Lunge  

Revenge – Pineapple Face’s Big Day (Mike Pickering Mix)  

Revenge – Pineapple Face’s Big Day (Remix) by Ron St Germain  

Revenge – Pineapple Face Calls It A Day (Mike Pickering Mix)  

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~ by acidted on November 29, 2009.

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