The Maisonettes biography
The Maisonettes were an English one-hit band formed by Lol Mason (formerly of City Boy) and Mark Tibenham. Their debut single, "Heartbreak Avenue", reached number 7 on the UK Singles Chart in 1982, and later peaked at number 12 on the Canadian chart and number 97 in Australia in early 1983. 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 backing vocalists (although "Heartache Avenue" had been recorded with different female singers. As it turned out, however, Ward and Williams could not harmonize well enough to sing with the band live or in the studio, though by the time this was decided, they had already appeared often with the group in media photos and miming on television.
In 1984 their album, Maisonettes for Sale, was released in Canada, including "Heartache Avenue" and ten other songs. With no further hits coming, the group soon disbanded.
"Heartache Avenue" was later sampled by UK rap group Roll Deep, for the chorus on their UK Top 40 hit, "The Avenue".
In 2004, Heartache Avenue: The Very Best of the Maisonettes was released in the UK, containing two unreleased tracks, the original "Heartache Avenue" and a remix, and fifteen other songs.
The lead singer, Lol Mason, is currently an afternoon DJ in Kansas City, MO, USA at the Alternative radio station, 96.5 The Buzz, going by the name of "Lazlo". Lazlo often performs "Heartache Avenue" to warm up the audience prior to concerts sponsored by The Buzz. Over the years, Lazlo has opened for Fitz and the Tantrums, AWOLnation, The Smiths, and Journey. Lazlo's musical influences include Fleetwood Mac and Billy Joel. He is an avid fan of alternative music.
- Maisonettes for Sale (Canada)
- Heartache Avenue: The Very Best of the Maisonettes
- "Heartache Avenue"
- "Where I Stand"
- "This Affair" (double A-side)
- "Heartache Avenue" (Canada)
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