THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The House of Love – “Christine”.
Live performance from The South Bank Show Review 1988.
Song from the eponymous debut album by the British alternative rock band, released in June 1988 by Creation Records.
The House of Love were formed in 1986 in Camberwell, London by former Kingdoms singer/guitarist Guy Chadwick. Chadwick had been inspired to start a new band by having recently seen The Jesus and Mary Chain playing live at London’s Electric Ballroom. and having written a new song called “Christine”, which had given him ideas for further progress: “the idea of the sound of the group and what kind of musicians to look for…… a good take on the Velvets’ sonics… and of course the image.
Chadwick teamed up with an old friend – drummer Pete Evans – and recruited the rest of the initial House of Love lineup via an advert in Melody Maker. This brought together an international band of London-born lead guitarist Terry Bickers (ex-Colenso Parade), German rhythm guitarist/co-singer Andrea Heukamp and bass player Chris Groothuizen (from New Zealand) Chadwick opted to name his new band The House of Love after Anaïs Nin’s book A Spy in the House of Love.