Tones on Tail

Tones on Tail
Background information
Origin Northampton, England
Genres Post-punk, gothic rock
Years active 1982–1984
Labels Beggars Banquet Records (1982 – 1984)
Associated acts Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, The Bubblemen
Past members Daniel Ash
Glenn Campling
Kevin Haskins

Tones on Tail was a musical side project of Daniel Ash of the gothic rock group Bauhaus, along with art school friend, flatmate and "Bauhaus roadie" Glenn Campling in 1982. The band's name is a reference to the way calibration tones were recorded on the "tail" of reel-to-reel tape. After the breakup of Bauhaus in 1983, they were joined by drummer Kevin Haskins. Their music was described by one critic as "doom-and-dance-pop."[1] The band disbanded in 1984 shortly before Ash and Haskins went on to form Love and Rockets.[2][3]

In concert, the band sported all white. Their track "Go!" was one of the sample sources for Moby's "Go".[4] They did one short tour of the UK and North America.

The 1998 release Everything!, is a two-CD set of every track, remastered, plus a radio interview with Ash and Haskins.


Writing for AllMusic, critic Ned Raggett said: "With their former band's generally gloomier shadows left behind, what Ash and Haskins draw from their time with Bauhaus is that group's melange of styles—their most underappreciated strength".[5] Richard Williams of The Michigan Daily said "Tones on Tail carries on with the traditional Bauhaus taste for the macabre, but charts new courses of twisting the pop thing."[6] James Muretich of The Calgary Herald wrote "From the ashes of Bauhaus has arisen a British trio that is turning into one of the most impressive and macabre dance bands around."[7]


"Go!" was used in the Beverly Hills, 90210 episode "U4EA" (the song plays while Brandon and Emily are dancing at a downtown Los Angeles rave), and in a 2008 commercial by the Ford Motor Company for their Mercury Mariner. It was also used during the class reunion disco scene in the 1997 film Grosse Point Blank, which starred John Cusack, Minnie Driver, and Dan Aykroyd,[8] as well as in the scene in 2003 film Party Monster where Michael and company pile into a truck inside which there is a party, driven by a minor character played by Marilyn Manson. Additionally, "Go!" was used in the trailer for the second season of Rick and Morty on Adult Swim.


Studio albums


  1. Gettelman, Parry (March 1, 1991). "Daniel Ash". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, FL. p. 21. Retrieved April 12, 2011. There also are hints of Tones on Tail, his doom-and-dance-pop side project.
  2. Molitor, Mike (January 14, 1991). "Tones on Tail". The Michigan Daily. Ann Arbor, Michigan. p. 8. Retrieved May 24, 2015. Somewhere around 1982 things began to go wrong with (Bauhaus), and before one could say "gothic," or even "goth," guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins were out on their own with Tones on Tail. This new band lasted until 1985, when Bauhaus bassist David J came back into the fold and the group was "reunited" as the famed Love and Rockets.
  3. Steve Huey. "Tones on Tail". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  4. "Moby's Go sample of Tones on Tail's Go!". Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  5. Ned Raggett. "Pop - Tones on Tail". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  6. Williams, Richard (October 21, 1984). "Tones on Tail: a subtle reminder of British skill". The Michigan Daily. p. 5. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  7. Muretich, James (March 23, 1985). "Tones on Tail: Twist/Go!". The Calgary Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  8. Boyd, Helen (September 4, 2008). "Go!". en|Gender. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
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