who were they then?
The only place in the D/FW area that I could find their full-length album, Joie de Vivre, was Bill's Records and Tapes (who have probably changed their name by now, geez louise...), a notoriously expensive and ridiculous music store that I could tell you stories about, but I won't right now. This left me with nothing but sad radio-dubs on cheap 3-for-$1 cassettes that I actually still have! But, anyway, amazingly, over the past few years, I've been finding their import singles one-by-one in used CD stores! And I eventually found their full-length CD, too! And then, Mike's recent CD Odyssey left us wondering, where are they... (Oh, you know...)
and where are they now?
So, here's what happened: Joie de Vivre was a big smash in the UK. It's time to write the new album. Lead vocalist Rachel Mayfield takes a vacation to Amsterdam to write...and doesn't come back 'til two years later!!! She's dropped the Delicious Monsters and now records solo under her own name. Apparently, her new sound is very "jazz/rockabilly/lounge", whatever that means. No idea where her other bandmates are though.
Rachel Mayfield's Official Site Not too surprisingly, where I got all this info from! (Does anyone else find it sad that she has a Geocities site? Or that she quotes Courtney Love?)