The first appearance of Jérôme Avril and
Cécile Balladino together on stage in 86 at the Rex Club in Paris
playing guest for Sonic Youth can be considered as the very début of
Mary Goes Round, although the name was not here yet. Maurice
(bass guitar) and Gilbert Correy (drums) who played a key role in the creation of
the band having introduced Jérôme to Cécile were on stage with
Jérôme (guitar/singer) and Cécile (keyboard), doing
their first steps named Red Light.
This gig was the only event for the band at this time. They had no real projects when they were given the
opportunity to have a song released on the compilation Unreleased
volume I in 87. For this occasion, the Shelter was recorded and the name
Mary Goes Round was chosen. This version of the Shelter
is the only studio recording MGR ever did with a drummer.
Nothing really important happened then until MGR participation in the compilation
Unreleased volume II one year later. MRG
recorded the Nightmare, with a drum machine to replace
Gilbert who was still in the band but absent.
After this second compilation, MGR decided to produce their own album without
Gilbert who definitely left the band. MGR recorded a
five songs demo that led the band to a distribution deal with New Rose , the
famous independant French label record. Eventually, the mini-lp Sunset,
was released in 89.