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Sweet Jesus

Background information
OriginBirmingham, England
GenresShoegaze, Glam revival, Britpop
Years active1990–1992
LabelsRough Trade (UK)
Chapter 22
Ben Bentley
Roy Priest
Gavin Priest
Paul Collins
Former members
Dave Priest

Sweet Jesus was an indie rock band formed in Birmingham, UK, in the 1990s. Formed following the break up of rock band The Mossbacks,[1] the band was championed by such magazines as Melody Maker[2] and Volume,[3] and amassed a modest catalogue of releases before suffering at the hands of the Rough Trade Records demise of the early 1990s.

The band were favourites of UK DJ duo Mark and Lard, with them heading the influential "Hit The North Show" on BBC Radio Five. The band's 1992 single Albino Ballerina was chosen as Mark Radcliffe's single of 1992 in his NME end-of-year roundup.[4]



Sweet Jesus was signed to Rough Trade Records records in the early 1990s, being tipped as "one-to-watch" by the music press[5] – along with Suede and PJ Harvey. On 18 August 1991, the band performed at Manchester's Boardwalk venue, supported by the first live appearance Oasis. Although not yet in the band, Noel Gallagher – along with Inspiral Carpets – watched the show.[6] The band released an exclusive single through the Rough Trade Singles Club in November 1991, followed by three individual singles in 1992. In August of the same year, the band performed in the Session Tent at Reading Festival alongside Suede and Sunscreem.[7]

Despite the band's work with producers Ray Shulman[2] and Ian Broudie,[8] the collapse of Rough Trade resulted in the group's premature disbanding.[5]



Despite this setback, Bentley – along with Roy and Gavin Priest – formed Venus, releasing a number of records through PVC Records in 1994. Paul Collins did not contribute to the project, and was replaced by Vicky Gwinnut.


Following Venus, Bentley and Gavin Priest proceeded to form Groupie (with Priest on electric guitar) – ultimately releasing two singles through Sacred Heart Records in 1997.

Butterfly Fan the Inferno

Paul Collins currently plays drums for Birmingham-based band Butterfly Fan the Inferno.

Current status

Until mid-2008, Ben Bentley had a profile on music networking website Peoplesound, streaming two solo songs.[4]. Roy Priest is currently assistant centre manager in Interactive Media at Birmingham City University's Technology Innovation Centre.[9] Priest's cult status has resulted in the establishment of an appreciation society on the Facebook network.[10]



  • Honey Loving Honey (1991)
Rough Trade (UK)
Rough Trade (UK)
  • Real Babe (1992)
Rough Trade (UK)
Chapter 22

Band members


  1. Gibson, Robin (February 1992). "Oo-er, it's a Girl" (Reprint). Siren. http://www.btinternet.com/~birdpoo/jesus/sjsiren.htm. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lester, Paul (February 1992). "Messiah and Higher" (Reprint). Melody Maker (London: IPC Media). http://www.btinternet.com/~birdpoo/jesus/sjmm.htm. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  3. Gibson, Robin (February 1992). "'Volume' Issue 3 (Sweet Jesus feature)" (Reprint). Volume. http://www.btinternet.com/~birdpoo/jesus/sjvolume.htm. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ben Bentley (2005). "Ben Bentley's Peoplesound Profile (CACHED VERSION)". Musician profile. PeopleSound.com. http://web.archive.org/web/20061207224159/http://www.peoplesound.com/artist/ben1/. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Birdpoo (2004). "Sweet Jesus". BirdPoo.co.uk. http://www.btinternet.com/~birdpoo/jesus.htm. Retrieved 19 December 2008. 
  6. Paul Moody and Mark Beaumont (May 1996). "BROTHERHOOD OF MANC: THE OASIS STORY" (Reprint). Vox magazine. http://www.iol.ie/~kglennon/paper/mayvox2.htm. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  7. "Groups and artists that have played at the Reading Festival since 1971". Museum of Reading. Reading Museum Service. http://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/collections/festival/search.asp?year=1992. Retrieved 04 December 2009. 
  8. Discogs. "Sweet Jesus - Real Babe (CD, Maxi) at Discogs". Zink Media. http://www.discogs.com/Sweet-Jesus-Real-Babe/release/554650. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  9. Birmingham City University (2008). ":: Profile of Roy Priest:". Technology Innovation Centre. http://www.tic-online.com/technologies/profilepopup.asp?staff=118. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  10. Bandenburg, James; et al. "The Roy Priest Appreciation Society". Facebook Groups. Facebook, Inc.. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=2330204651. Retrieved 20 December 2008. 

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