The Maisonettes

The Maisonettes

The Maisonettes were an odd one-hit band of the early '80s, the oddness lying not so much in their hit as their combination of maverick indie label beginnings with a semi-manufactured image that some indie purists might find crass. Their hit, "Heartache Avenue," entered the U.K. charts in late 1982 and rose all the way up to number seven. Like most of the music they'd record over the next year or two, it was fairly mainstream pop/rock with period early-'80s synthesizer-abetted production and a notable (but not overwhelming) '60s soul-pop influence, with a particularly audible debt to Motown.

The song was discovered by David Virr in a pile of demo tapes in his office, and had been recorded in Birmingham by singer Lol Mason, guitarist Mark Tibenham, and session drummer Nick Parry. Virr decided to put it out on his own label, which he named Ready, Steady, Go! To fill out the band, two teenage models, Denise Ward and Elaine Williams, were recruited as backup singers (though "Heartache Avenue" had been recorded with entirely different women session vocalists). As it turned out, however, Ward and Williams couldn't harmonize well enough to sing with the band live or in the studio, though by the time this was decided, they'd already appeared often with the group in media photos and miming on television. They were replaced by two more capable young women singers, but by this time Ward and Williams were well known to the public, and the Maisonettes' sales and career evidently suffered with the personnel change.

The Maisonettes never did get to the chart again, though they released an album in 1983 and a few more singles. Their career is summarized by the 2004 CD reissue Heartache Avenue: The Very Best of the Maisonettes, a 19-track set that included some previously unreleased material.

Title Album Genre Tools
Heartache Avenue Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Hand Clapping, and Keyboard
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Make-Up
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
choral and male
BPM:
125
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #1
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40684
main mix 2:56 160k MP3
Two Can Have a Party Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Piano, Harp, Keyboard, Saxophone, and Violin
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, In Love, Night Club, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
choral and male
BPM:
150
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #2
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40685
main mix 2:18 160k MP3
Addicted Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, and Keyboard
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Make-Up
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
choral and male
BPM:
113
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #3
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40686
main mix 3:07 160k MP3
The Cowboy Song Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Cello, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Keyboard, and Violin
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Moody, Ominous, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
88
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #4
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40687
main mix 4:13 160k MP3
Hot Club Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Hand Clapping, Keyboard, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, Party, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, In Love, Night Club, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
choral and male
BPM:
126
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #5
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40688
main mix 3:11 160k MP3
Sticks and Stones Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, and Violin
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Ominous, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
144
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #6
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40691
main mix 3:38 160k MP3
Lessons In Love Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Keyboard, Percussion, and Trumpet
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Moody, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
choral and male
BPM:
109
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #7
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40692
main mix 3:07 160k MP3
Nightmares Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, and Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Feel-Good, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
choral and male
BPM:
129
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #8
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40693
main mix 3:03 160k MP3
Cheat Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping, Keyboard, Piano, and Violin
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Heartbreak, and In Love
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
121
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #9
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40694
main mix 3:59 160k MP3
Where I Stand Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Hand Clapping, Keyboard, and Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Feel-Good, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Heartbreak, and In Love
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
145
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #10
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40695
main mix 3:52 160k MP3
Roni Come Home Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Piano, and Keyboard
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Moody, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
choral and male
BPM:
106
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #11
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40696
main mix 3:25 160k MP3
Daddy Didn't Know Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Out, and Make-Up
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
140
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #12
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40698
main mix 3:00 160k MP3
Lifeboat Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, and Xylophone
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits, In Love, Make-Up, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
choral and male
BPM:
85
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #13
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40699
main mix 5:00 160k MP3
Last One to Know Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Keyboard, Percussion, Piano, and Saxophone
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Moody, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
118
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #14
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40700
main mix 4:29 160k MP3
Is That What Friends Are For? Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboard, and Piano
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, End Title/Credits, Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, and Make-Up
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
121
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #15
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40701
main mix 3:07 160k MP3
This Affair Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, and Piano
Keywords:
Dark, Moody, Romantic, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Out, Make-Up, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
52
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #16
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40702
main mix 5:10 160k MP3
Say It Again Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboard, and Piano
Keywords:
Bright, Feel-Good, Funky/Groove, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Up, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
choral and male
BPM:
124
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #17
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40703
main mix 3:26 160k MP3
Working for the Man Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes Alternative, Pop
Client:
Artist:
The Maisonettes
Era:
1980s
Genres:
Alternative and Pop
Instruments:
Bass, Cello, Drums, Electric Piano, Keyboard, Tambourine, and Violin
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits and In Love
Subgenres:
New Wave and Pop Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
81
CD/Track #:
Heartache Avenue - The Very Best of the Maisonettes, #18
Release Year:
1982
Track ID:
40704
main mix 3:17 160k MP3
Take Me Back