Then Jerico were one of those eighties bands that were hard to place. They existed in the big new rock scene that came to pass after post punk- it was like after a few years of tinny yet fascinating experimentation rock got it’s confidence back but with an added eighties sheen coming from new technology applied to a different kind of post punk based more on the wanderings of David Bowie than the underground.
Then Jerico scored a clutch of hits aided by their knack for a shiny pop hit and frontman Mark Shaw’s cheekbones and have recently reformed.
They’re about to head out on a full tour, details of which are available from their Facebook page or their website. You can also find Then Jerico on Twitter of course where they go by the moniker @thenjerico. Mark Shaw’s Facebook is here.
1. David Live – David Bowie
Bowie at the peak of his vocal powers and on the brink of his physical health and sanity, backed by a superb band, sheer magic.
2. The Idiot – Iggy PoP:
Raw, rough, industrial, futuristic sounds, first-take versions of brilliant songwriting, lyrical mastery, and Iggy’s aching, malevolent mahogany drawl. Genius.
3. U2 – Achtung Baby:
Outstanding songs, Eno’s ground-breaking production, Bono’s fluid lurid lyrics and the Edge’s screaming guitar, Mullen and Clayton blistering grooves…the perfect album.
4. Play Bach 1 – Jaques Loussier Trio: Breath-taking musical virtuosity married to incredible creative vision.
5. Revolver – The Beatles:
The ultimate album by the best band in history. Brilliant in every way. .
Part two of mark Shaw’s top 10 favourite albums is here.