Jane Aire & The Belvederes

This band was one of several new wave acts discovered in Akron, Ohio, USA, by producer Liam Sternberg, and subsequently introduced to Stiff Records. Jane Aire (b. Jane Ashley, 2 December 1956, Akron,…
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This band was one of several new wave acts discovered in Akron, Ohio, USA, by producer Liam Sternberg, and subsequently introduced to Stiff Records. Jane Aire (b. Jane Ashley, 2 December 1956, Akron, Ohio, USA) recorded initially for the Akron Compilation LP in 1978 and became the first of the featured artists to release a single - ‘Yankee Wheels’. Sternberg used a band called the Edge as both session musicians and tour band but renamed them the Belvederes (after a type of turret-like building). The Edge comprised former Damned guitarist Lu Edmunds (later in Athletico Spizz 80, the Mekons and PiL), respected session players Gavin Povey and Glyn Havard on keyboards and bass, respectively, plus drummer Jon Moss (b. 11 September 1957, London, England), who played with numerous punk bands including London and the Damned before finding fame with Culture Club. After the Stiff single, Aire was signed to Virgin Records to record an album that featured the above musicians plus Chris Payne (trombone), Ray Warleigh (saxophone) and backing singers Rachel Sweet and Kirsty MacColl. After marrying the Boomtown Rats’ Pete Briquette in 1980 and assembling a new bunch of Belvederes in Paul Cutler (guitar), Ian Curnon (keyboards), Sam Hartley (bass), Dave Ashley (drums) and former Deaf School saxophonist Ian Ritchie, Aire returned to Stiff to make a further single - a version of Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten’ - in 1982.