In 1987, Thrashing Doves released the fourth single from their debut album “Bedrock Vice”.
“Je$u$ On The Payroll” would prove to be both the band’s first exposure in the US, hitting No.20 on the US dance charts but also it’s most enduring single, becoming a Balearic classic, a favorite of Argentinian DJ Alfredo and Danny Rampling and a mainstay on the Ibiza club circuit.
The 12″ single was released in the UK and the US with Bruce Forest providing the remixes.
Je$u$ On The Payroll (12″ Vocal) 5:16
Je$u$ On The Payroll (Bonus Beats) 3:37
Je$u$ On The Payroll (Dub Version) 5:45
Je$u$ On The Payroll (Street Groove) 3:30
“Matchstick Flotilla” (released June 1986) was the first single from Thrashing Doves debut album “Bedrock Vice”.
Although the title track would not appear in extended form, the 12″ single is notable for an Extended Version of the non-LP track “Hollywood Maids” and a live recording of the Rolling Stones “Sympathy For The Devil” which was taken from a concert at The Marquee on the 23 February 1986.
In a review of The Marquee gig in Record Mirror, Stuart Bailie wrote “In the world of the Thrashing Doves you’ll find bar-room blues bunking up with a Prince dance rhythm, a melancholy ballad giving way to some vintage glam rock and more. There’s nothing radically original in what they do, but it’s managed with taste and vision, and their ideas are incorporated into some particularly excellent songs, like their first single, ‘Matchstick Flotilla’, most probably the first Arthur Baker mix to feature harmonica and bottleneck guitar.”
Matchstick Flotilla was mixed by Arthur Baker & Jay Burnett.
Matchstick Flotilla 4:37
Hollywood Maids (Extended Version) 5:12
Sympathy For The Devil (Live) 5:11
Thrashing Doves (1986–1992) were a London based rock band. Their line up consisted of Ken Foreman (vocals/guitar) with Brian Foreman (keyboards), Ian Button (guitar) and Kevin Sargent (drums). The original bass player was Hari Sajan. Subsequent bass players were James Eller, Claire Kenny and Gail Ann Dorsey. Gail went on to work with David Bowie and released her own album, ‘The Corporate World’.
In 1989, Thrashing Doves released the follow-up to the successful LP “Bedrock Vice” titled “Trouble in the Home”, the first single to be released from this album was “Reprobate’s Hymn”.
The single didn’t achieve any success but on the flipside of the UK 12″, the hit single from the previous album “Jesus on the Payroll” was included in remixed form. These mixes had only previously been available on a 1988 UK Promo 12″.
In it’s initial release “Jesus on the Payroll” went to the Top 20 in the US Dance Charts.
Reprobate’s Hymn (Full Version) 4:28
Jesus On The Payroll #2 (Instrumental) 4:15
Jesus On The Payroll #2 (Vocal) 4:15
Thrashing Doves (1986–1991) were a London based rock band. Their line up consisted of Ken Foreman (vocals/guitar) with Brian Foreman (keyboards), Ian Button (guitar) and Kevin Sargent (drums). The original bass player was Hari Sajan. Subsequent bass players were James Eller, Claire Kenny and Gail Ann Dorsey. Gail went on to work with David Bowie and released her own album, ‘The Corporate World’.
The band released their debut album “Bedrock Vice” and released a number of singles from it including “Matchstick Flotilla”, “Beautiful Imbalance” and “Jesus On The Payroll”.
The track “Northern Civil War Party” was released as a US Promo 12″ only with some great remixes by Bruce Forest who had previously remixed “Jesus On The Payroll” for the band resulting in the track hitting #20 on the US Dance Charts.
Northern Civil War Party (12″ Version) 5:46
Northern Civil War Party (Dub) 6:53
Northern Civil War Party (Dub Vocals) 5:09