12 Oct An Evening With Then Jerico… at The Platform – Morecambe
Then Jerico first found fame in 1987 with the release of their debut album ‘First (The Sound Of Music)‘. The record featured hit singles ‘Muscle Deep‘ and ‘The Motive‘ which remained in the UK Top 40 chart for three months, becoming the most-played record on BBC Radio 1 in 1987. The track brought Then Jerico worldwide recognition and saw them selling-out headline shows along with support tours with Iggy Pop and Propaganda, amongst others…
Their follow-up album, ‘The Big Area‘, cemented their status as one of the greatest bands of the 1980s. Selling over 100,000 copies within the first 40 minutes of its release, ‘The Big Area‘ immediately attaining Gold status and consequently reached Platinum sales.
MARK SHAW : THEN JERICO – BIOGRAPHY
1982 /1893: Mark Shaw formed Then Jerico in via an advert in Melody Maker and debuted the band live in London in 1984 – 1988: After line-up change and just 6 more live gigs in London & New York, Then Jerico signed a 7-album deal with London Records. But the label refused to release the group’s first single ‘The Big Sweep’ (produced by Martin Rushent) due to Shaw’s controversial lyrical subject matter: Rupert Murdoch & Robert Maxwell; so in 1985 the band released 1,000 Limited Edition 12” Singles on ‘Immaculate’ – the indie label owned by Pete “Buzzcocks” Shelley & Martin Rushent. It entered the Indie Charts at #12 – finally persuading London Records to release a further 500 Limited Edition 12” Singles. In 1986 dance-rock anthem ‘Fault’ was released (produced by Rushent & remixed in NYC by John Luongo), bringing Then Jerico international underground dance-floor success followed by the album ‘First [The Sound Of Music]’. Produced by Mark Shaw & Owen Davies, it featured three hit singles: ‘Let Her Fall’, Muscle Deep’ (banned by Radio One for it’s anti-apartheid lyrics) and 1987 Top 20 hit ‘The Motive’ which remained in the UK Top 20 for six weeks & spent 14 weeks in the charts, becoming the highest-played record on BBC Radio One in 1987. The album brought worldwide success and the band toured constantly playing live sell-out headline shows and selected support tours with Iggy Pop, INXS, Propaganda, and The Explorers. Then Jerico also headlined two shows at The Royal Albert Hall, in London.
1989: In March the second album was released: ‘The Big Area (Outside)’, selling over 100,000 copies within just 40 minutes,itimmediatelyreachedGoldandPlatinumstatus.Featuring severalproducersincludingMarkShaw, Peter Henderson; Rick Nowles; Rhett Davis & Bruce Lampcov; and Gary Langan (who produced the massive Top 20 hit single ‘Big Area’). The album included two more Top 30 hits: ‘What Does It Take?’ (featuring Belinda Carlisle) and ‘Sugar Box’ . Thealbumearnedthegroupaglobalfollowingandthe1989 ‘TheBigAreaTour’(Outside)drewover200,000fansto Then Jerico’s explosive live concerts.
1990 – 1993: Mark Shaw disbanded Then Jerico and signed to EMI Records as Mark Shaw Etc, releasing the 1991 self- penned album ‘Almost’ (co-produced by Mark Shaw and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran / The Power Station) which included hit singles ‘Love So Bright’ and ‘Under Your Spell’ and toured in Britain & Europe. In 1992 Mark set up his own record label ‘Murder Records’ to release the live Double-CD titled ‘Radio Jerico’, which includes all the band’s BBC Radio One ‘Live In Session’ recordings and the 1989 BBC Radio One ‘In Concert’ recording of Then Jerico live at Hammersmith Odeon (voted Concert of The Year in 1989 and Concert of The Decade by BBC Radio One listeners). Throughout the 1990’s Mark Shaw continued as both solo artist and as Then Jerico and in 1992 he released the album ‘Alive & Exposed’ on Enhanced CD (Murder Records) – a live concert recording of Shaw Etc., at The Grand Theatre in London, featuring all the Mark Shaw and Then Jerico hits along with four brand new songs and two live videos of the concert. Shaw remixed and re-released the CD in 2002 (Murder Records / Almafame).. In 1995 Shaw signed to Spanish dance label Kong Records to record new techno versions of ‘The Motive’ and ‘Muscle Deep’, releasing both in 1996 to commercial & critical success in Europe. Shaw fronted wrote & created the underground dance music duo ‘Heretic’ with co-writer / producer Tarquin Gotch, releasing seminal underground track ‘The Way’. The track was trance-remixed by Mike Twangling.
1994 -1998: Mark Shaw & Andy Taylor tour the U.K. in 1994 as Then Jerico and from 1993 – 1997: Shaw wrote, recorded, produced & mixed the self-financed album of new Then Jerico material: ‘Orgasmaphobia’ released in 1998 (Eagle Rock/ MurderRecords).Thealbumincludes musical,songwriting& productioncollaborationsbetweenShaw&AndyTaylor: also Mark Shaw & Mick MacNeil (Simple Minds); Shaw & Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd); and author Iain Banks reading a piece from his book ‘ Walking On Glass’. Then Jerico performed ‘special guest’ appearances with Brian May at The Royal Albert Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
1998 – 2002: Shaw headlined at ‘The Rat Pack’ in London’s West End, a night of live music & comedy dedicated to the music of Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr., along with cutting-edge stand-up comedians; and in 1999 he fulfilled a lifetime ambition performing at the Edinburgh Festival with ‘The Rat Pack’, receiving 4-star reviews from both ‘The Scotsman’ and ‘The Guardian’. Since 2000, Mark has continuously headlined the live lounge music night ‘The Kitsch Lounge Riot’ at London’s Cafe de Paris. He is member of the all-star ‘SAS Band’ – recording two albums and playing concerts with music legends including: Queen’s Roger Taylor & Brian May, Paul Rogers, Madeline Bell, Paul Young, Kiki Dee, Tony Hadley, Chakka Kahn, Chris Thompson, Curtis Stigers, Roy Wood, Fish, Roger Chapman, Andy Fairweather-Low.
MARK SHAW : THEN JERICO BIOGRAPHY 2022 (P2 OF 2)
2002 / 2003: Shaw and a new line-up Then Jerico completed four tours of duty for the British and UN / NATO Allied armed forces, playing concerts in active war theatres in Kosovo and Bosnia and also in Adana, Turkey (during the Iraq war) and at several other international UN / British Military bases. Shaw also performed several U.K. concerts and live appearances for his other chosen charities.
2012: Shaw (working as both Artist and Manager) curated the 25th anniversary re-release of ‘First’ and ‘The Big Area’ albums on digital download (WMG / Rhino) and personally reunited the 1989 Then Jerico line-up after 23 years apart for a ‘The Big Area Tour 2012’ at eight O2 Academy venues throughout Britain; culminating in their first-ever acoustic show at The Bedford (theatre), London, which was filmed & released as Double DVD/ CD and solo CD titled ‘Acoustic:Live – London 2012’ (Then Jerico Productions/ produced by Gary Langan & Shaw). In February 2013 Shaw & his guitarists played three ‘Then Jerico Acoustic’ shows at the “9th Belfast ‘Belnash Songwriters Festival”. In May 2013, Mark Shaw compiled and released ‘Reprise’ (WMG / Rhino) a new Then Jerico double album compilation of hit singles, album tracks, rare single mixes and dance remixes on download and the band toured the U.K. on ‘The ‘‘Reprise’’ Tour’ with festival appearances at ‘Let’s Rock Bristol’ and ‘Rewind Henley’ Festival in 2013. In 2014 Mark formed a brand new Then Jerico line-up and were the only band to play all five U.K.‘Let’s Rock’ Festivals’
2015: Shaw was commissioned as Music Supervisor Consultant by British independant film company Moli Films’ to perform and produce a new version of David Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’ as the title track for the black comedy film ‘Golden Years’, released in Spring 2016 in U.K. cinemas and on DVD. In 2016 Then Jerico headlined ‘CISCO LIVE! BERLIN 2016’ for Cisco Systems’ biggest-ever multi-media show before an international audience and at ‘Lets Rock London 2016’. In 2018 to current date: Mark Shaw is performing a series of ‘Then Jerico Acoustic’ shows accompanied by just a solo guitarist, some of which are recorded for a planned ‘Then Jerico Acoustic: Live’ album (release date TBC in late 2021).
2019 – 2021: After performing with a full electric band on the hugely successful Let’s Rock Winter Tour in December 2019 (including Wembley Arena). Shaw also contributed two remote performances in May and July 2020 for the Let’s Rock 80’s Lockdown Festivals, singing live from home to over 2 million viewers on Facebook and YouTube in aid of Child Bereavement UK. In 2021, Mark performed as ‘Then Jerico’ with a full band at 4 x Let’s Rock Festivals in July, September and October and played a series of ‘Then Jerico Acoustic’ dates as an acoustic duo.
2022: Mark is performing a mixture of Then Jerico festival appearances including Northern Kin in Durham, England with his full electric band and also the Forever Young Festival in Kildare, Ireland (with the house band) and a selection of ‘Then Jerico Acoustic’ duo shows throughout the year. All confirmed live dates and social media links are below.