Jewel Kilcher, known mononymously as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, producer, actress and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2015, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Kilcher was raised in Homer, where she grew up singing and yodeling as a duo with her father, a local musician. At age fifteen, she received a partial scholarship at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she studied operatic voice. After graduating, she began writing and performing at clubs and coffeehouses in San Diego, California. Based on local media attention, she was offered a recording contract with Atlantic Records, who released her debut album, Pieces of You, in 1995; the debut single from the album, "Who Will Save Your Soul", peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her subsequent album, was released in 1998, followed by This Way. In 2003, she released 0304, which marked a departure from her previous folk-oriented records, featuring electronic arrangements and elements of dance-pop.
In 2008, she released her first country album. Jewel released her first independent album, Lullaby, in 2009. Jewel has had endeavors in writing and acting. Jewel was born May 23, 1974 in Payson, the second child of Attila Kuno "Atz" Kilcher and Lenedra Jewel Kilcher. At the time of her birth, her parents had been living in Utah with Shane, she is a first cousin once removed of actress Q'orianka Kilcher. Her father from Alaska, was a Mormon, though the family stopped attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after her parents' divorce when she was eight years old, her paternal grandfather, Yule Kilcher, was a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional convention and a state senator of German descent who settled in Alaska after emigrating from Switzerland. He was the first recorded person to cross the Harding Icefield. Shortly after her birth, the family relocated to Anchorage, settling on the Kilcher family's 770-acre homestead. There, her younger brother, Atz Jr. was born. She has a half-brother, raised in Oregon by his mother, with whom her father had a brief relationship.
After her parents' divorce in 1981, Kilcher lived with her father in Alaska. The house she grew up in had only a simple outhouse; the Kilcher family is featured on the Discovery Channel show Alaska: The Last Frontier, which chronicles their day-to-day struggles living in the Alaskan wilderness. Recalling her upbringing, she said: We lived far from town. We had to walk 2 miles just to get to the saddle barn I was raised in... No running water, no heat—we had a coal stove and an outhouse and we lived off of what we could kill or can. We made jam. We had gardens and cattle to live on. I rode horses every day in the summer beneath the Alaskan midnight sun. I loved it there. According to Kilcher, the first song she learned to sing was "Saint Louis Blues". In her youth and her father sometimes earned a living by performing music in roadhouses and taverns as a father-daughter duo, it was during this time. She would credit the time she spent in bars as integral to her formative years: "I saw women who would compromise themselves for compliments, for flattery.
Local businesses in her hometown of Homer donated items for auction to help allocate additional funds, raised a total of $11,000 to pay the remainder of her first year's tuition. She subsequently relocated to Michigan to attend Interlochen, where she received classical training, learned to play guitar, she began writing songs on guitar at age sixteen. While in school, she would perform live in coffeehouses. After graduating, she relocated to San Diego, where she worked in a coffee shop and as a phone operator at a computer warehouse. For a time, Kilcher lived in her car while traveling around the country doing street performances and small gigs in Southern California, she gained recognition by singing at The Inner Change Cafe and Java Joe's in San Diego. Her friend Steve Poltz's band, The Rugburns, played the same venues, she collaborated with Poltz on some of her songs, including "You Were Meant for Me". The Rugburns opened for Jewel on her Tiny Lights tour in 1997. Poltz appeared in Jewel's band on the Spirit World Tour 1999 playing guitar.
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Creamfields is a major dance music festival series founded and organised by British club promoter Cream, with its flagship UK edition taking place on August Bank Holiday weekend, with a number of international editions held across various territories worldwide. First held in 1998 in Winchester, the festival moved to Cream's home city of Liverpool the following year, taking place on the old Liverpool airport, before moving to its current location on the Daresbury estate in Cheshire. Having begun as a one-day event with 25,000 people in attendance, the festival is now a four-day event with camping options, which attracts 70,000 attendees each day. Creamfields is now one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world in terms of attendance and size of stages, size and depth of lineup featuring headline performances from a wide range of mainstream and underground DJs and performers. 1999 Creamfields returns to its spiritual home of Liverpool - taking over the Old Liverpool Airfield in Speke.
Over 50,000 people flock to the first Creamfields in Liverpool to see performances from the likes of Basement Jaxx and Pet Shop Boys. 2000 Creamfields introduces the Live Outdoor Stage to its Liverpool festival, hosts its first international event in Dublin. Muzik Magazine names Creamfields "Event Of The Year", while The Guardian awards it "Best Event". 2001 Creamfields continues on its path to global domination - after a successful Cream residency at Pacha Club in Buenos Aires, Creamfields is introduced to the South American market, with an event that attracts 20,000 people. 2002 Underworld and Faithless headline Creamfields in Liverpool, while the Creamfields Ireland event in Dublin hosts a record-breaking crowd of 27,000 people. 2003 Creamfields' international expansion continues with events staged in Czech Republic and Argentina - where it was decreed by the secretary for Tourism & Culture as an event of "Significant cultural and Touristic Importance to the region of Buenos Aires and to the nation of Argentina".
2004 Creamfields is voted "Best Dance Festival" in the UK Festival Awards. The event is staged in Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic and Spain, which altogether brings in an audience of nearly 200,000 people. 2005 Creamfields is voted "Festival Event Of The Year" in the House Music Awards. Creamfields Argentina attracts a record-breaking 65,000 people - it is now the biggest one-day EDM festival in Latin America. 2006 Creamfields outgrows the Speke moves to its current home in Daresbury. 2007 The Chemical Brothers headline Creamfields in Daresbury, which sees its capacity increased to nearly 50,000 people. 2008 Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Creamfields becomes a two-day event for the first time. The diverse line-up includes the likes of Kasabian, Ian Brown and Fatboy Slim. 2009 Creamfields sells out for the first time in its history. It is named "Tourism Event Of The Year" by VisitLiverpool. 2010 Creamfields' capacity in Daresbury is increased to 40,000 people each day, the option of camping is introduced.
The festival wins "Festival Of The Year" at the Music Week Awards, beating the likes of Glastonbury and V Festival. Creamfields goes to Oz for the first time, staging four festivals across Australia. 2011 Capacity at Daresbury is increased further to 50,000 people per day, the international expansion continues down under with events in New Zealand. 2012 Disaster struck Creamfields, as adverse weather conditions meant that the fi nal day of the festival was cancelled for the first time in its history. As a result, £500,000 was spent on major site improvements, a contingency plan was put in place for wet weather conditions. 2013 Following adversity last year, Creamfields comes back bigger than ever. With an bigger capacity of 60,000 people per day, the festival site now includes a spectacular new main stage, interactive FX towers, explosive pyros and a gigantic firework finale. 2014 Creamfields continues to go from strength to strength, with the festival becoming a three-day event for the first time.
Headliners include EDM giants Calvin Harris and Tiesto. It has been held since 2006 annually on the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury; the festival began as an offshoot from Liverpool's Cream nightclub. Other Creamfields festivals have been held in Abu Dhabi, Buenos Aires, Almería, Punchestown, Punta del Este, Alcala de henares, Vilnius, Mexico City, Prague, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis, Belo Horizonte, Wrocław and Asunción. Creamfields Lisbon was held for the first time in May 2007. Creamfields Australia has been held annually since 2010; the first Creamfields festival was held in the UK on 2 May 1998 at Matterley Estate in Winchester, a venue that became known as the location of Homelands and Boomtown Fair. The lineup featured the likes of Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, Fatboy Slim, Tony De Vit, The Chemical Brothers, Judge Jules, John Digweed, Daft Punk performing DJ sets, live performances from Primal Scream, Finley Quaye, Run-DMC, Beth Orton, Laurent Garnier.
A single day/evening event, the festival attracted around 25,000 people. In 1999, Creamfields moved to Cream's home city of Liverpool, moving to the old abandoned portion of Liverpool airport and taking up the August Bank Holiday date it has retained since. Creamfields UK 1999, 28 August 1999:? Creamfields UK 2000, 26 August 2000: 40,000 Creamfields UK 2001, 25 August 2001: 50,000 Creamfields UK 2002, 24 August 2002
Armada Music is a Dutch independent record label that specialises in releasing electronic music. The name Armada derives from the first two letters of the founders' first names: Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis; as of December 2015, the label had won the "Best Global Record Label" award for five years in a row at the International Dance Music Awards. Armada received two nominations at the 2014 IDMAs; the Academy of Electronic Music, a joint venture between Armada, Point Blank, DJ Mag, was the recipient of the'People's Voice Award' at the 2014 Webby Awards. In 2016, Armada Music was one of the 21 labels nominated for the IMPALA FIVEUNDERFIFTEEN campaign shining a light on Europe's most inspiring young labels; the label received the IMPALA Young Label Spotlight Award. Artists signed by Armada Music include: Note: These are artists who have released tracks through the label, including artists that were signed by the label. Official website Armada Music discography at Discogs
Gabriel & Dresden
Gabriel & Dresden is an American electronic music duo comprising Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden, formed in San Francisco. They collaborated from 2001 to 2008 again from 2011 to the present. During that time, they have created numerous hit songs and remixes, some of which are considered classics, they won the coveted Winter Music Conference IDMA award for "Best American DJ" twice, in 2007 and 2008, the latter time on the same day that the group split up. The pair reunited in early 2011 and proceeded on a reunion tour, which began at Ruby Skye in San Francisco on March 4, 2011, they produced two studio albums together, one self-titled album and The Only Road, released after an 11-year hiatus period. Dave Dresden's musical ability was developed through 15 years DJ-ing prior to forming the group, while Josh Gabriel has an undergraduate college degree in music composition from the California Institute for the Arts. Dave's love for music was influenced by a local 1980's Westchester County, New York nightclub located in Banksville, New York called Krypton's.
DJ Ralphie Gomez, the club's longtime resident DJ, played an eclectic mixture of new wave and early industrial music that drew crowds to this popular back road rural night spot. He was inspired by watching a pre-fame Moby DJ at a teen club in Greenwich, Connecticut called The Cafe. One night while dancing at Krypton's to Anne Clark's "Wallies", Dave decided to be a DJ. Dave's first gig was at Marty & Lenny's, a nightclub in New Rochelle, NY where the owners of the predominantly freestyle music venue promoted a new music night; the night was promoted by Long Island's 92.7 WDRE, Dave's eponymous DJ name "Dave the Wave" started to earn him recognition amongst fans of new wave and industrial dance music. From there, he landed a long-standing residency at BAR in New Haven, CT which lasted for over ten years; this helped him to land a spot reporting his top tracks to the Hot Dance Club Songs chart in Billboard, a touted, difficult title to earn amongst DJs in the US with only 95 DJs in total submitting their weekly charts.
Dave worked in many other facets of the music industry including radio, A&R, journalism and club promotions. Josh started experimenting with synthesizers and computers in the early 1980s, achieving mastery of the Yamaha DX7 and TX816 by the age of 17. With an Apple Macintosh Plus, the earliest of music applications like Mark of the Unicorn’s “Composer” and “Performer”, Josh was on the bleeding edge. In the Netherlands, Gabriel's inventor spirit took shape as he wrote a computer application to control samples on an Akai S900 in real-time with a joystick. With this, the inception for what became Mixman was born. Along with electronics whiz Jan Panis, Gabriel built an apparatus which converted beams of light coming up off the floor into a MIDI control device and the 20-year-old Gabriel dressed in black, wearing white gloves performed his real-time beat-trigger device in the clubs of Amsterdam. Josh attended the Institute of Sonology in the Netherlands and earned his degree from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
He founded the music creation tool Mixman in the 1990s, the first program to make music using loops of digital audio. Gabriel's patents for loop-based music remixing are the backbone of industry standard music making software applications used in every producer's studio today. Dave met Pete Tong whilst he was the music director of Swedish Egil's grooveradio.com in 2000. By 2001 Dave was working for Pete as a scout looking for new music for his radio show Essential Selection and label FFRR. At the Miami Winter Music Conference in March 2001 Dave stuck up a conversation with Josh at a party being hosted by grooveradio.com after seeing Josh hand DJ Leon Alexander a copy of his first vinyl record called "Wave 3". Dave liked the track so much gave it to Pete who played it the next week on the Essential Selection and used it for his compilation Twisted Beats. A few months as a thank you for the work he had done, Pete offered Dave the opportunity to do a remix of New Order's Someone Like You and Dave asked Josh to work on it with him.
Dave and Josh joined forces in 2001 and made a name for themselves by creating numerous remixes for artists as diverse as Tiësto, Paul Oakenfold, Sarah Mclachlan, Way Out West, Annie Lennox, Duncan Sheik, Jewel. In 2002 Gabriel & Dresden released "Lament" on Satoshi Tomiie's Saw Recordings imprint, their first single; the first Gabriel & Dresden gig was Arc in New York City. In 2004 they released their first mix CD, after having their seventh #1 Billboard Dance Chart Hit with the Madonna & Britney Spears collaboration "Me Against the Music", they worked on their own group Motorcycle with JES, resulting in their signature song "As the Rush Comes", which reached #11 on the UK pop charts. Their remix of Josh's side project Andain's "Beautiful Things" became a club and radio anthem around the world, they entered the prestigious DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ's poll in 2003 at #43. They climbed the Top 100 chart in the following years, placing at 40 in 2004, 33 in 2005, peaking at 20 in 2006. In 2005, they released "Without You Near" in cooperation with Markus Schulz and Departure as well as "Zocalo" with Armin Van Buuren, featured on his album Shivers.
Their remix for Above & Beyond's "No One on Earth" was voted the #1 track of the year for 2004 on Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show. In 2005 Gabriel & Dresden started their own label, Organized Nature, intended to release their own material, their first release on the label was the song "Arcadia" which gained immediate favor with DJs such as Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren. Josh an
Electronic dance music
Electronic dance music known as dance music, club music, or dance, is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made for nightclubs and festivals. It is produced for playback by disc jockeys who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix by segueing from one recording to another. EDM producers perform their music live in a concert or festival setting in what is sometimes called a live PA. In Europe, EDM is more called'dance music', or simply'dance'. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, following the emergence of raving, pirate radios and an upsurge of interest in club culture, EDM achieved widespread mainstream popularity in Europe. In the United States at that time, acceptance of dance culture was not universal. There was a perceived association between EDM and drug culture, which led governments at state and city level to enact laws and policies intended to halt the spread of rave culture. Subsequently, in the new millennium, the popularity of EDM increased globally in Australia and the United States.
By the early 2010s, the term "electronic dance music" and the initialism "EDM" was being pushed by the American music industry and music press in an effort to rebrand American rave culture. Despite the industry's attempt to create a specific EDM brand, the initialism remains in use as an umbrella term for multiple genres, including house, trance and bass and dubstep, as well as their respective subgenres. Various EDM genres have evolved for example. Stylistic variation within an established EDM genre can lead to the emergence of what is called a subgenre. Hybridization, where elements of two or more genres are combined, can lead to the emergence of an new genre of EDM. In the late 1960s bands such as Silver Apples created electronic music, intended to be danced to. Other early examples of music that influenced electronic dance music include Jamaican dub music during the late 1960s to 1970s, the synthesizer-based disco music of Italian producer Giorgio Moroder in the late 1970s, the electro-pop of Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra in the mid-to-late 1970s.
Author Michael Veal considers dub music, a Jamaican music stemming from roots reggae and sound system culture that flourished between 1968 and 1985, to be one of the important precursors to contemporary electronic dance music. Dub productions were remixed reggae tracks that emphasized rhythm, fragmented lyrical and melodic elements, reverberant textures; the music was pioneered by studio engineers, such as Sylvan Morris, King Tubby, Errol Thompson, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Scientist. Their productions included forms of tape editing and sound processing that Veal considers comparable to techniques used in musique concrète. Dub producers made improvised deconstructions of existing multi-track reggae mixes by using the studio mixing board as a performance instrument, they foregrounded spatial effects such as reverb and delay by using auxiliary send routings creatively. The Roland Space Echo, manufactured by Roland Corporation, was used by dub producers in the 1970s to produce echo and delay effects.
Despite the limited electronic equipment available to dub pioneers such as King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry, their experiments in remix culture were musically cutting-edge. Ambient dub was pioneered by King Tubby and other Jamaican sound artists, using DJ-inspired ambient electronics, complete with drop-outs, echo and psychedelic electronic effects, it featured layering techniques and incorporated elements of world music, deep bass lines and harmonic sounds. Techniques such as a long echo delay were used. Hip hop music has played a key role in the development of electronic dance music since the 1970s. Inspired by Jamaican sound system culture Jamaican-American DJ Kool Herc introduced large bass heavy speaker rigs to the Bronx, his parties are credited with having kick-started the New York hip-hop movement in 1973. A technique developed by DJ Kool Herc that became popular in hip hop culture was playing two copies of the same record on two turntables, in alternation, at the point where a track featured a break.
This technique was further used to manually loop a purely percussive break, leading to what was called a break beat. Turntablism has origins in the invention of the direct-drive turntable, by Shuichi Obata, an engineer at Matsushita. In 1969, Matsushita released it as the SP-10, the first direct-drive turntable on the market, the first in their influential Technics series of turntables; the most influential turntable was the Technics SL-1200, developed in 1971 by a team led by Shuichi Obata at Matsushita, which released it onto the market in 1972. In the 1980s and 1990s hip-hop DJs used turntables as musical instruments in their own right and virtuosic use developed into a creative practice called turntablism. In 1974, George McCrae's early disco hit "Rock Your Baby" was one of the first records to use a drum machine, an early Roland rhythm machine, its use of a drum machine was anticipated by Sly and the Family Stone's "Family Affair", which anticipated the sound of disco, with its rhythm echoed in "Rock Your Baby".
The use of drum machines in "Family Affair" and Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together", which used a 1972 Roland rhythm machine, influenced the adoption of drum machines by disco artists. Disco producer Biddu used synthesizers in several disco songs from 1976 to 1977, including "Bionic Boogie" from Rain Forest, "Soul Coaxing", and
Electric Daisy Carnival
Electric Daisy Carnival known as EDC, is an annual electronic dance music festival, with its flagship event held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event features electronic dance producers and DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Alesso, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Seven Lions, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Yellow Claw, Tiësto; the festival incorporates all kinds of electronic music. Sponsors for recent EDC events include Corona and Uber. EDC was created with the purpose of utilizing art to inspire individuals. In addition to the music, individuals can experience the three-dimensional superstructures, glow-in-the-dark environments, all manner of LED-infused flora and fauna. Part of the unforgettable experience are the interactive art installations scattered throughout EDC and the thrilling, as well as relaxing rides; the goal is for EDC to be a place where people can connect, on and off the dance floor. This event welcomes everyone, not discriminating against shape and color. Since its inception, other EDC events have been held at venues in the United States and abroad, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, the UK, Brazil and India.
In 2009, EDC became a two-day event, in 2011, a three-day event in Las Vegas that drew 230,000 people. In 2015, it drew more than 400,000 over three days. In 2017, EDC won the Festival of the Year award at the Electronic Music Awards; the first Electric Daisy Carnival rave started off as a warehouse party in the early 1990s at an open field in Pacoima, in Los Angeles, California, by Gary Richards and DJ Mr. Koolaid. In the early years, several southern California venues played host to the annual electronic music festival: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park in Los Angeles, National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Lake Dolores Waterpark in Barstow, Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace, the International Agri-Center in Tulare, its next incarnation was held at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. "Electric Daisy Carnival" was selected by Insomniac's partner Philip Blaine. The name usage was approved by Stephen Hauptfuhr via Gary Richards as a homage to the original creation from several years prior.
Electric Daisy Carnival took place at Lake Dolores Waterpark in California. The festival first happened in a small venue at Lake Dolores Waterpark, called Insomniac; the Electric Daisy Carnival moves to California, at the World Ag Expo. Electric Daisy Carnival was held at Hansen Dam in southern California, expanding for the first time to multiple stages: the Merry Go Round, the Fun House, Clown Alley, the Confusin’ & Amuzin’ Mirror Maze, Bassrush Arena and Cosmic Healing Temple. In the same year, another EDC was held in Texas. EDC 2002 was held at Queen Mary Events Park in California. A second edition was held at the Travis County Exposition Center in Texas. From 2003 to 2006, Electric Daisy Carnival was held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California. Electric Daisy Carnival was held at the L. A. Coliseum in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park; the California event was held June 28 at the Los Angeles Memorial Exposition Park. The EDC Colorado event took place on June 14 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora.
Announced at Nocturnal Festival 2008 to be a two-day festival, the California event was held on June 26–27. On Friday 55,000 attendees were present and Saturday saw a crowd of 99,000. EDC 2009 was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and used the entire southern half of Exposition Park; the Colorado event was held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora on June 13. It was headlined by Infected Mushroom, Paul Van Dyk, several others. EDC Puerto Rico was held on August 14; the venue was The Arena Fairgrounds in San Juan. EDC Los Angeles had an attendance of about 185,000 people. Though tickets were starting at $60, some attendees paid over $100 per ticket, it drew criticism from local authorities and promoters after people under the required age of 16 gained entrance, over 100 ravers were hospitalized after a crowd stampede. A 15-year-old attendee, Sasha Rodriguez, died after taking MDMA; the city of Los Angeles placed a moratorium on all remaining events scheduled for 2010 and a moratorium on future events, pending the outcome of the new security and safety provisions.
The new provisions included the hiring of on-site doctors, stated attendees must be over 18 years of age. An EDC Colorado event was held on June 12 at the Arapahoe County Fairground in Aurora. EDC Dallas was held on June 19 at Fair Park in Dallas. 11,000 people were in attendance. EDC Puerto Rico was held on August 28, 2010, at the Estadio Sixto Escobar at Puerta de Tierra, San Juan. Due to previous controversy of EDC's former residence in Los Angeles, EDC moved its flagship festival to Las Vegas, Nevada; the event was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 24–26. 230,000 people had attended the 3 day festival. EDC Orlando 2011 was held on May 27–28 at Tinker Field, the grounds adjacent to the Florida Citrus Bowl. EDC Orlando 2011 had 12,000 on Friday and 20,000 on Saturday. EDC Colorado the same year was held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora on June 11. Electric Daisy Carnival Dallas was held June 18 at Fair Park with an estimated 25,000 attendees. Temperatures above 110 degrees led to dozens of hospitalizations and at least one death, which made it the last EDC held in Dallas.
EDC Puerto Rico took place on August 27. In 2012, the three-day EDC in Vegas saw attendance increase to a total of 320,000 attendees. A 31-year-old male from Florida died after being struck by a t
Book of Love (band)
Book of Love is an American synthpop and electronic band, formed in 1983 in Philadelphia and based in New York City. Led by vocalist Susan Ottaviano, the band includes keyboardists Ted Ottaviano, Lauren Roselli and Jade Lee; the band gained its first exposure as the opening act for two Depeche Mode tours in 1985 and 1986. The group has been described by the Houston Press as "forward thinking" for lyrics dealing with sexual orientation and gender roles, their biggest success came on the US dance charts, placing seven singles in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart between 1985 and 1993. The group's largest exposure on pop radio was with the song "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls", one of the first songs to address the AIDS epidemic; the song, from the album Lullaby, was the second half of a medley with the group's version of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells," the 1973 instrumental that served as the eerie theme music of the classic horror film The Exorcist. Edited down to single length, "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls" became Book of Love's only Hot 100 entry, peaking at no. 90 in 1988.
Book of Love's music has been featured in various films and television over the years. The band's song "Modigliani" was featured in the 1987 John Hughes film Planes, Trains & Automobiles as well as in the Miami Vice episode, "God's Work". In 1991, the song "Sunny Day" was featured in the movie The Silence of the Lambs, in a scene in which band member Lauren Roselli had a cameo with Jodie Foster; the song "Enchanted," from the band's Lovebubble album, appeared on the soundtrack to the 1993 film Naked in New York, the song "I Touch Roses," was featured in the 2000 movie "American Psycho." Since their active years, Book of Love's songs "Boy" and "I Touch Roses" have been rediscovered by new audiences. Both their original versions and subsequent remixes are heard in both dance clubs and on alternative radio stations. In February, 2001 — sixteen years after its first dance chart entry — Book of Love had its first no. 1 hit on the US dance chart when "Boy," a track from its debut album, was remixed and re-released as the lead single from their greatest hits collection, I Touch Roses: The Best of Book of Love.
In 2013, the band has been working on new material. Ted Ottaviano became friends and started writing songs with Susan Ottaviano while attending high school together in Connecticut. Despite sharing the same last name, they are not related, though their family ancestries trace back to the same small southern Italian village. After high school, Susan Ottaviano moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend the Philadelphia College of Art. While at art college, Susan met Jade Lee and they formed a band named Head Cheese with friend Celeste Ries. In July 1981, Head Cheese recorded their first songs at the recording studio Third Story with producer David Javelosa. A 7" record was released on Burn Potential Records including three songs, A-sides: "Teenage Idol" and "Non-Melodic", B-side "Jungle Jam", described as "an offbeat love song to the city of Philly." Ted Ottaviano, a commuting member of Head Cheese, was one of the executive producers, co-wrote "Non-Melodic" with Susan, did photography for the record sleeve.
While Susan Ottaviano was in Philadelphia at art college, Ted Ottaviano was attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he met Lauren Roselli. For a time, the band was a long distance creative project between New York City. Book of Love was formed in May 1983; the band name Book of Love is taken from the song "The Book of Love" by The Monotones. Ted Ottaviano has stated, "It's not that we had a love for that song at all, it's just the imagery worked for us. At that time, when we started Book of Love early to mid-'80s, there was kind of a throwback to a lot of romanticism and we were into that. We nicked the band name from that song, that's for sure."In 1983, Susan Ottaviano produced a local compilation album called I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia, issued on Burn Potential Records and featured several bands from the Philadelphia area, including Pretty Poison. Book of Love's contribution to the compilation was the song "Henna", becoming their first song released. Jade Lee designed the album's bright orange cover that included an overlay graphic of a Philadelphia street map.
In 1984, after having completed art college, Susan Ottaviano and Jade Lee moved to New York City to unite with Ted Ottaviano and Lauren Roselli. The band members spent their evenings at Danceteria, CBGB, Pyramid Club, Mudd Club, Hurrah. Lauren Roselli explained, "New York City was a big playground, full of misfits like ourselves. There were lots of great clubs to hear great music and meet other artists; that was our MySpace." Throughout art school until their time in New York City, the band had been influenced by the late punk scene and new wave of the early 1980s. The band has cited various influences over the years, including girl groups of the 1950s and 1960s, glitter, David Bowie, The Ramones, Patti Smith, early Human League, Gary Numan, Altered Images, The Psychedelic Furs, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, P.i. L; the Cure, early Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Depeche Mode. During 1984 and 1985, the band recorded various demos at the recording studio Noise in midtown Manhattan. One of the demos was the song "Boy", a toe-tapping tale of teen-girl angst featuring tubular bells and a skip-along beat.
Noise recording studio chimes available at the band's disposal. Reflecting on that time, Ted Ottaviano stated, "I was fascinated with Altered Images and other bands that were incorporating bells and chimes into their music. Long brass chimes, tubu