Adding guitarist Mike Jones as well as Madness alumni Mark Bedford on bass and Daniel Woodgate on drums, the band recorded its initial demos, releasing their first singles "Just a City," "I Say Nothing" and "I Walk the Earth" and earning favorable comparisons to Blondie and the Bangles. After Bedford exited to form Butterfield 8, Voice of the Beehive recruited Martin Brett to record their debut Let It Bee, which scored U.K. hits with "Don't Call Me Baby" and "The Man in the Moon." 1991's Honey Lingers also proved successful, notching the hits "Monsters and Angels," "I Think I Love You" and "Perfect Place."
A long hiatus followed, however, as the band began to fragment; soon, only the Belland sisters remained, and Voice of the Beehive was dropped by its label. After a series of personal traumas, they returned to California to begin writing new material, resurfacing in 1996 with the cathartic Sex & Misery (original title: Disastrous Relationships, Disillusionment, Depression & Death). The album's first single, "Scary Kisses," earned Voice of the Beehive their biggest American hit to date. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi