Darkness and Jive could probably be described as a post-punk indie pop band (if such a categorisation exists). D&J were a functioning outfit for 7 years or so between 1981 – 1988. During that time there were numerous line-up changes and the music developed from a primitive, raw, frenetic screech to a more melodic, sophisticated synthetic screech.
We recorded 2 singles (Hooked on You c/w Tarzan and Furnace c/w Guys and Dolls) for the York based independent label Red Rhino Records and 2 John Peel sessions for BBC Radio One.
We also recorded a single for Floating World Records (Jigsaw Man c/w Victims) and an album for Jet Records (Rebellion and Romance). Sadly the latter never saw the light of day as it was not commercially released – something about our songs being “too political” for mainstream radio play
We recorded a few songs for TV shows such as The Tube, The Works and TX45 and played numerous gigs in a wide variety of venues to lots of enthusiastic (and sometimes hostile) audiences.
The content of this website will provide more information to those who are interested in finding out a bit more about one of the “lost” indie bands of the early 80’s. .”
- This track pretty much breaks what the rest of Darkness & Jive are like. This was on compilation CD listed on a blog named “Phoenix Hairpins”. (Great blogspot, google it.) After hearing this track, I fell in love. I did whatever I could to find the rest of their music. To my dismay, the two EPs were more of a mix of new-wave and post-punk. It’s good stuff, but definitely doesn’t live up to “Death in Venice”.
Darkness & Jive-Death in Venice