Jet, Radio Stars & Andy Ellison
11-26-07 Jet, The Radio Stars & Andy Ellison
Nothing like finding a favorite old record after nearly 30 years! A while back, I found a beautiful copy of the self-titled LP by the British group Jet from 1976 at a swap meet for $2. Having been a sucker for British 70’s glam rock since ’03, I naturally became enamored of this fine LP. I recognized singer Andy Ellison’s name from him having had a solo 45 on Track Record in
Going back ages and ages – Andy Ellison comes from the group John’s Children – who infamously included Marc Bolan as a one-time member. Aargh – the John’s Children ‘real 60’s’ album “Orgasm” isn’t very good, readers.
Jet transmogrified into The Radio Stars, who made two amusing ‘polished punk rock’ LP’s towards the end of the 70’s, “Songs For Swinging Lovers” and “Holiday Album”. They sound almost exactly like Jet. “Macaroni ‘N’ Mice”! “The Beast of
The bassist for both Jet and The Radio Stars is Martin Gordon, a former member of the anglo-l.a. poseur band Sparks. To be fair, Gordon wrote most of the material for both groups. It must be said that Andy Ellison was / is a very amusing vocalist – the only singer I can even think of comparing him to is the guy who sang for Punishment of Luxury (was it Brian Bond?). No, I was never much of a
So whether you want to wear your glam rock platforms or have your spiky punk hair, both Jet and The Radio Stars have some top quality British entertainment for you to behold! I found a CD of “Songs For Swinging Lovers”, and all of the original LP’s – but I cannot tell which of the assorted Jet CD’s contains their CBS album – and it doesn’t help matters that there is a recent British band also called Jet – gee, I wonder if anyone got paid for the use of the name?
As far as I know, just about everyone involved is still alive. I always hate it when you hear something interesting, and when you go to look it up in Google, you find that assorted members of any given band have died (and you never knew about it). (I recently looked up The Mothmen, and discovered that one of them was murdered!)
All hail Andy Ellison, Jet and The Radio Stars!