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From goth glory to intra-band chaos: the Gene Loves Jezebel story

From goth glory with Gene Loves Jezebel to a bitter split and long-lasting bad blood, twins Michael and Jay Aston look back on their time in the band – and at each other’s throats

Jay Aston can remember when Gene Loves Jezebel started to fall apart. It was around the time of their 1987 album The House Of Dolls, and his band had changed from spider-haired post-punks into goth-pop pin-ups. “I’d been planning to leave Gene Loves Jezebel for a while and form a band with our bassist. I was getting frustrated with how things were and how my brother was.”

His identical twin Michael can remember when it unravelled, too. “That album, The House Of Dolls, was awful. I was in agony at how simple the songs had become, how moronic the lyrics were. I didn’t want to be around that. So I left.”

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