One Album Wonders: Jet's Jet

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 01:38pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date fromthe Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 

JET - JET (1975) 

Jet is a brilliant name for a band which I suppose it's been used by at least 31 different musical acts. The best in the fleet was the British band of the 1970s. That Jet was co-piloted by Andy Ellison and Chris Townson (formerly of another one album wonder, John's Children, and before that, The Silence), David O'List (formerly of The AttackThe NiceThe Misunderstood, and Roxy Music), Martin GordonPeter Oxendale, and Trevor White (who'd played in the power-pop band, The Jook, with Townson as well). 

O'List had played with The AttackThe NiceThe Misunderstood, and Roxy Music and White had played, alongside Townson, in the obscure power pop bandThe Jook. That Jet were so tuneful is a bit surprising given the fact that Ellison and Townson had previously played in John's Children, a one album wonder for whom songwriting seemed to be among the least of the band's concerns.

Jet released just one eponymous album on CBS in 1975 (released on compact disc in 2002 by Radiant Future). Though a bit late to the scene, it was a pleasing collection of Glam Rock which decidedly owes a bit of a stylistic debt to Sparks, with whom Gordon and Oxendale had also briefly performed. After Jet's final flight, Ellison, Gordon, and White went on to play in the New Wave band, Radio Stars, Oxendale went on to form the studio production unit West End, and Townson died in 2008.

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