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The Beloved Band

The Beloved
OriginLondon, England
GenresAlternative dance, house, synthpop, post-punk (early work)
LabelsFlim Flam Productions, Atlantic Records, Warner Bros., EastWest, WEA
The Journey Through
MembersJon Marsh
Steven Waddington
Tim Havard
Guy Gausden
Helena Marsh

The Beloved are an English electronic group best known for the singles "Sweet Harmony", "The Sun Rising", "Hello", "Your Love Takes Me Higher", and "Satellite".


In 1983, Jon Marsh placed an advertisement in the music press, which read as follows:

I am Jon Marsh, founder member of the Beloved. Should you too wish to do something gorgeous, meet me in exactly three year's time at exactly 11am in Diana's Diner, or site thereof, Covent Garden, London, WC2.

Alternatively, Jon first met Steve Waddington when he joined the band Twelfth of August as an additional guitarist. Within a few months Jon suggested they leave and start their own band. Calling themselves The Journey Through in 1983 they recruited bass player Tim Havard and began writing and rehearsing; occasionally playing live, with keyboard player Bill Anderson. Steve was singer and principal songwriter. By early 1984 they were The Beloved; Steve still the frontman but Jon singing on several songs and Tim & Jon beginning to take over most of the songwriting. By the autumn Jon was the lead singer, still drumming on demos and in rehearsal. He waited outside the BBC, Portland Place one night and gave a demo tape to John Peel. Within a fortnight they had been booked for a session. Jon's school friend Guy Gausden had played drums with them at a couple of gigs and they persuaded him to join as a permanent member. Having barely rehearsed, and with two brand new songs out of four, they debuted as a 4-piece on Radio 1 in January 1985.

Initial indie success

A second Peel session followed in October 1985 and soon afterwards their first single release in early 86. A summation of this stage of their career can be found on a compilation album, Where It Is, which is a compilation of previously released material, consisting of singles and related B-sides, pressed onto one individual long playing work. The record includes all the early singles, "A Hundred Words", "This Means War", "Happy Now", and the double A-side "Surprise Me" / "Forever Dancing", all released between 1986 and 1987, all on Where It Is, all making the Top 30 in the UK Indie Chart,[1] and all failing in the UK Top 75.[2]

Early United Kingdom hits

After slimming down to a duo consisting of Marsh and Waddington only, The Beloved began to embrace a dance sound more wholeheartedly and, in 1988, after another flop with another double A-side single, "Loving Feeling" / "Acid Love", the single "The Sun Rising" became a club favourite, and crossed over to the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 26 in the UK in November 1989.[2] "The Sun Rising" featured a sample of "O Euchari" as sung by Emily Van Evera:..[3] This was followed in 1990 by their first studio album, Happiness, the first and only album the band released as a duo, and the first consisting wholly of previously unreleased new songs, from which the hit single "Hello" was also released. "Hello" became The Beloved's first international hit, and reached Number 19 in the UK.[2] This song features rather peculiar lyrics, mostly consisting of names of real or fictitious people, groups and institutions, representing the band's wide-ranging selection of heroes, villains, and a few of their friends. Saint Peter and Saint Paul, or possibly the characters in the nursery rhyme Two Little Dickie Birds? House music with Kym Mazelle and Paris Grey; literature with Jean Paul Sartre rhymed with the writer, disgraced former politician Jeffrey Archer; talk radio the unsurpassable Brian Hayes and Jon's childhood hero, Crystal Palace FC football player Vince Hilaire. The LP included two more singles, "Your Love Takes Me Higher," which made the UK Top 40 on its second release,[2] and the final cut, "Time After Time", which was only a minor hit in Great Britain, reaching Number 48.[2]

A brand new song, "It's Alright Now", which also failed to make the Top 40, stopping at Number 46 in the UK,[2] was released to promote a remix album, titled Blissed Out, released in 1991. Almost all of the songs from the Happiness album were featured on Blissed Out in one or more remixed versions, along with another mix of "It's Alright Now," and some previously unreleased instrumental tunes. The work was released in 3 different editions, varying in length and track listing, depending upon the format. The vinyl LP, the shortest, includes 8 tracks; the CD version features 11 songs; and the MC edition contains 16 remixes.

International success

"It's Alright Now" and Blissed Out were the last works made by Marsh with Waddington at the time. By 1991 Waddington had left the group, and they re-emerged in 1993 with Jon's wife Helena involved as co-writer and co-producer for a second studio album, Conscience. The band received huge airplay with the video of the first single, "Sweet Harmony," despite the entire cast being naked ( shot and edited showing nothing that might cause it to be censored).It has an air of celestial bliss rather than sexual or prurient. One of the models in this video is the television presenter Tess Daly. "Sweet Harmony", which was originally used to promote the second season of the popular American soap opera Melrose Place in several European countries, has since been used in advertising for British home improvement chain Homebase as well.

The video is not the first to witness Jon Marsh naked. Due to the huge success of the 1990 album Happiness, a VHS video collection was created in 1991, containing all four singles from that album, and a final ghost video track, where Jon is simulating sex with a model, Holly Cat, backed by a long extended remix of a track from the Blissed Out album. While "Sweet Harmony" went on to become their biggest hit in the UK, reaching number 8 in 1993,[2] the other two tracks taken from the Conscience album, did not achieve the former's success. "You've Got Me Thinking" peaked at number 23, and "Outerspace Girl" at number 38.

After Conscience, a third studio album entitled X was released in 1996. Though the record peaked at number 25 in the UK Albums Chart,[2] and three singles were released from it, only the first, "Satellite", made the Top 20, peaking at Number 19;[2] while the second, "Deliver Me", failed to chart -and the third, "Ease the Pressure", did not enter the UK Top 40, stalling at number 43.[2] To date, X is the last original album from the group. This album includes soundscapes by Robert Fripp.

Later activity

After X, the compilation Single File followed in 1997, promoted by a new remix of "The Sun Rising" (which reached Number 31, only five positions lower than the original 1989 release).

The Beloved released a number of underground 12" singles in the following years under different names, including: It's A Universal Thing / All That Jazz (1998, as Adam & Eve); Ride With Me (1998, as Lucky Hole); Baby Sheik (1998, as The London Authority); With You, a cover version of Sparks' 1981 song When I'm With You which was originally recorded for the compilation DJ Empire Presents: A Tribute To Giorgio Moroder (2000); Stella Does Tricks (2000, as Adam & Eve); Timeslip (2001); Density (2001, as Adam & Eve); and King Of Deep / Peking Dub (2003, as Deepo King).

Jon Marsh later became a respected club DJ, holding monthly residencies at Ministry Of Sound between 1994-1998, and Fabric 1999-2004.He played all over the UK & Europe on a regular basis until parenthood became an even better option than djing. He has also collaborated with original band member Steve Waddington and others on new material, which remains unreleased.

Collaborations with other artists or bands

Both Jon Marsh and Steve Waddington have collaborated with other artists or bands. Steve Waddington co-wrote, co-produced, and contributed guitar to the System 7 track "Habibi". Jon Marsh has contributed vocals to tracks from Laid and Luke Solomon. He also worked with Bent on Beautiful Otherness from their 2003 album The Everlasting Blink and We Watch the Stars, which was released in 2013.

Awards and Nominations

Year Awards Work Category Result
1991 Brit Awards "Hello" Best British Video Nominated
1993 MTV VMA "Sweet Harmony" Viewer's Choice (Europe) Nominated


Chart placings are from the UK Singles Chart and UK Albums Chart,[4] except those marked *, which are from the UK Indie Chart.[1]



Year Single Peak positions Album
UK Indie

1986 "A Hundred Words" -- 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- singles only
(Where It Is)
"This Means War" -- 22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1987 "Happy Now" -- 22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"Surprise Me / Forever Dancing" -- 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1988 "Loving Feeling" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- single only
1989 "Your Love Takes Me Higher" 91 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Happiness
"The Sun Rising" 26 -- -- -- -- -- -- 28 -- -- --
1990 "Hello" 19 -- 94 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"Your Love Takes Me Higher" (reissue) 39 -- 148 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"Time After Time" 46 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"It's Alright Now" 48 -- 150 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Blissed Out
1993 "Sweet Harmony" 8 -- 147 3 40 16 6 14 21 14 6 Conscience
"You've Got Me Thinking " 23 -- 200 -- -- -- -- 21 -- -- --
"Outerspace Girl" 38 -- -- -- -- -- 76 -- -- -- --
"Rock to the Rhythm of Love" (US only) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1996 "Satellite" 19 -- 116 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- X
"Deliver Me" -- -- 198 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"Ease the Pressure" 43 -- 204 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1997 "The Sun Rising" 31 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Single File
2000 "With You" -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- singles only
"Timeslip" (white label) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Music videos


  1. ^ a b c d Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Official Charts > Beloved". The UK Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016.
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  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 0-86241-913-1. Exact dates of single releases from the Happiness album can be found in the 9th edition of The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, 1993. ISBN 0-85112-526-3. As for the dates of further album and single releases, please see The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums.
  5. ^ a b c d Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  6. ^ "Billboard > Artists / The Beloved > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ a b " > The Beloved in der Österreichischen Hitparade" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > The Beloved - Conscience (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ a b " > The Beloved in Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994-2010 > Darren B - David Byrne". Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Ultratop > The Beloved in Ultratop Vlaanderen" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ " > The Beloved dans les Charts Français" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ German singles chart peaks:
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know > Search results for 'The Beloved' (from". (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 2016.
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