With bands splitting up all the time, individual members
leaving, bands reforming, it gets to highlight just what a
fragile business it all is. As one day your band are starting
out, you're the next big thing and then you disappear and
people forget you ever existed. The time has come for Jesus
Jones to try and re-establish themselves once again on the
music scene, that's if they can and if they want to.
It was around 1993 that saw the last Jesus Jones single, 'Zeroes
and Ones'. It was a typical JJ tune that represented their
style and sound. So now they're back on their first proper
tour for ages. So what exactly happened to the guys over the
years spent away, surely not a case of the Stone Roses syndrome?
Looking content and eager to talk I ask Mike about the stories
I'd read over the years regarding the problems that caused
the album's delay. Were they true?
"Yes," he confessed. "We had a few knockbacks
from the record company and yes I was gutted, but I think
that they were right in the end."
Because of the band's UK success in the past and particularly
in the US and Japan, this must have added to the pressure
to come up with some new good tunes, and fast. Seems that
the record company was keen to make sure everything was going
to be fine once more.
"I was writing songs between October '92 and September
'94 but my heart wasn't in it. I wrote 28 new songs but they
asked 'Where's the singles?'. They needed singles. Then we
got told to bring in some producers. We tried a couple."
Then Food Records kicked them while they were down.