Friday 3/21 Guests: Tracey and Melissa Belland of Voice of the Beehive
Written by admin on March 18, 2008
This Friday, 3/21/08, my guests will be Tracey Belland and Missy Belland of Voice of the Beehive. The interview will be during the show’s 2nd hour, and the podcast will be available after the show.
In the interview, we talk about:
- How Tracey and Missy were discovered
- Their influences
- What VOTB songs were special to them
- Tracey’s growth as a songwriter
- Life after VOTB an what Tracey and Missy are doing now
I actually interviewed Missy last year on another radio program about her new business: Made In Heaven By Missy, where she hand-sculpts fairies and fairy accessories. You can access it in our podcast archives page.
Voice of the Beehive was different from most groups of the genre led by female vocalists mainly because of their emphasis on percussion and guitars rather than keyboards. While they were more popular in Great Britain and Austrailia, the band saw some Moder Rock chart success in the U.S. and had something of a cult following on college radio and in the club scene. The other band members were bassist Martin Brett, Mike Jones and drummer Daniel Woodgate who, along with original member Mark Bedford, were core members of Madness.
The tune that first charmed the U.K. was “I Say Nothing.” A late new wave classic:
In a 1994 interview with German music journalist Gilbert Blecken, the great Kristy McColl said Voice of the Beehive was one of her favorite bands (when asked about female lead singers she liked).