Tones On Tail were originally
Daniel Ash (Bauhaus) and Glenn Campling (friend and roadie of Bauhaus).
The group was formed in 1982 as a side project for Daniel while he
was still in Bauhaus. They were later joined by Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus)
after Bauhaus broke up. Though the career of Tones On Tail lasted
only a couple of years (1982-1984), the group definitely made a lasting
mark with their hard-to-define deep dark blue sound. After Tones On
Tail ended, David J. (Bauhaus) rejoined with Daniel Ash and Kevin
Haskins to form Love and Rockets. Traces of Tones On Tail can be found
on the last Bauhaus record, "Burning From The Inside" (particularly
on the track "Slice of Life"), as well as the first Love
and Rockets LP, "Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven" (particularly
on the title track).
were a motley crew of individuals who essentially
wanted to sound like
a band from Venus or Mars!"
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- It seems Tones On Tail's
"GO!" has been used as the soundtrack to a 2008 commercial
for the Mercury Mariner that aired in September. The music never
goes out of style...
- Tones On Tail were featured
on the 2006 lavish and very comprehensive Rhino Records 3 CD + 1
DVD boxed set, "A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box". With
a couple of exceptions, this box set is a veritable who's who of
goth music, including many big name bands that never usually feature
on these kinds of compilations (Tones On Tail included) Go here
for more details.
- Daniel Ash toured the
USA in 2002 and included a few Tones On Tail tracks during his sets.
Among the tracks played were "Christian Says", "O.K.
This Is The Pops", and "GO!". The Bauhaus song "Slice
Of Life" was also played, itself so close to a Tones On Tail
song that it might as well be one. These shows were about the closest
one could get to being able to see Tones On Tail live in this day
Some recent quotes
from Daniel Ash regarding Tones On Tail (from Chartattack.com):
"Out of all
three bands I've been in over the years, that's my favourite,"
he says. "When I listen back to that stuff, I find that
to be, for me, the most original. There was no commercial consideration
there... and it was my baby."
Ash says he loves the
sense of humour the band had lyrically--a reflection of the good
times he, drummer Kevin Haskins and bassist-keyboardist Glenn Campling
"I wanted music
to sound like it came from another planet, but you could still
tap your foot to it."
Speaking of which, will
there ever be a reunion with members of Tones On Tail?
of you may have noticed Tones On Tail's "GO!" being used
in Starburst commercials on TV and radio in 2002... possibly their
biggest exposure yet?
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This section last updated on: January 16, 2009