Voice Of The Beehive >
Voice of the Beehive was formed by American sisters Tracey Bryn Belland and Melissa Brooke Belland in London during the late 1980’s. Both sisters had grown up in Southern California. Their father, Bruce Belland, was a member of the popular 50’s group The Four Preps whose biggest hit was “26 Miles (Santa Catalina)”. The girls appeared in many commercials as children and many of their experiences growing up in the San Fernando Valley shaped their lyrics in Voice of the Beehive. Along with Martin Brett on Bass Guitar, Mike Jones on Guitar, and Daniel “Woody” Woodgate (from Madness) on Drums, the quintet released their debut album, “Let It Bee” in 1988, which peaked at 13 on the UK album chart. The disc spawned the singles “I Walk The Earth“, “I Say Nothing“, “Don’t Call Me Baby“, and “Man in the Moon.” The band was a popular live act around the UK, and began gaining some exposure touring in the US, where the album track “There’s A Barbarian In The Back of my Car” was popular on some alternative radio stations. In 1991.“Honey Linger,” the second album, was released, featuring the lead single “Monsters and Angels“. Additional singles from the album included “Perfect Place” and a cover of the Partridge Family’s “I Think I Love You.”
Unfortunately, the band members were going through a lot of personal and professional issues after touring for the album ended, and eventually Tracey and Melissa were left with no record contract and no remaining band members other than themselves. So, they proceeded to record their third and final album, appropriately titled “Sex and Misery.” The single from the album, “Scary Kisses“, was a modest hit in the US and was followed up with “So Hard” which featured a video shot in the LA River Basin – yes, the girls were back home in California at last.
In 2003, the band reunited for the first time in nearly a decade for a holiday tour of the UK, with the Wonderstuff. Several shows on the tour were taped and a DVD was released called “Don’t Call Me Baby: Voice of the Beehive Live.” Visit the bands Official MySpace Page