Mark Shaw formed Then Jerico in 1982 via an advert in Melody Maker, and after a year of underground preparation, played their debut gig in 1983. Following a line-up change, the band signed a seven-album deal with London Records in 1984. However, the company refused to release the band's first single ‘The Big Sweep' due to the lyrical subject matter (Murdoch & Maxwell), so the track's producer Martin Rushent released it on his & Pete (Buzzcocks) Shelley’s Immaculate label as a limited edition of 1,000 copies on 12” vinyl. The second single was dance-rock anthem ‘Fault’, remixed in NYC by John Luongo, followed by the 1986 release of their debut album ‘First (The Sound Of Music); co-produced by Mark Shaw and Owen Davies. The record featured hit singles ‘Muscle Deep’ – banned by Radio One for it’s anti-apartheid lyrics - and the massive hit ‘The Motive’, which remained in the UK Top 20 for six weeks and the Top 40 charts for three months, becoming the most-played record on BBC Radio One in 1987. The track brought Then Jerico worldwide recognition and saw them playing sell-out headline tours along with support tours with Iggy Pop, INXS, and Propaganda.
The classic second album: ‘The Big Area (Outside)’, cemented their reputation as one of the best modern rock bands of the 1980’s, selling over 100,000 copies within an hour of release and immediately attaining Gold and consequently Platinum status, and featured several producers including Rick Nowles, Mark Shaw & Peter Henderson, Rhett Davis & Bruce Lampcov, and Gary Langan; who produced their biggest Top 20 hit single ‘Big Area’ (which sold 35,000 pre-release copies and 250,000 worldwide). Two more Top 30 hits ‘Sugar Box’ and ‘What Does It Take?’ (featuring Belinda Carlisle) established a massive worldwide following and the band toured relentlessly performing sell-out concerts of their explosive live shows.
In 1990 Mark Shaw disbanded Then Jerico and signed to EMI, releasing the album ‘Almost’ in 1991 as Mark Shaw Etc., (co-produced by Shaw and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran / Power Station), which included hit singles ‘Love So Bright’ and ‘Under Your Spell’. Shaw Etc., subsequently toured throughout Britain and Europe and in 1992 Mark set up his own record label Murder Records, releasing a live CD recorded in concert at The Grand Theatre, London, entitled ‘Shaw Etc’ : ‘Alive & Exposed’, which featured all the Shaw / TJ hits and two live video clips. The CD was re-released in 2002 on Almafame/ Murder Records. Shaw continued performing as both a solo artist and as Then Jerico, and in 1999 released a new Then Jerico album ‘Orgasmaphobia’ (Eagle Rock / Murder Records); which included collaborations between Shaw and Andy Taylor, Mick MacNeil (Simple Minds), and brilliant author the late Iain Banks. In recent years Mark has completed four tours for the British Allied armed forces performing concerts in active war theatres, along with numerous concerts for his chosen charities; plus headlining at 'The Rat Pack' in London, a night dedicated to music of Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jnr. from 1998 -1999, and fulfilled a lifetime ambition by performing at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival singing with ‘The Rat Pack', receiving 4-star reviews from both ‘The Scotsman’ and ‘The Guardian’.
For the last 15 years Shaw has headlined at London club night ‘The Kitsch Lounge Riot’; and has also been a member of the all-star SAS Band, playing across the globe with rock legends including Queen's Roger Taylor and Brian May; and supporting Brian May at The Albert Hall, London, and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 1998.
In 2012 Shaw reunited the original Then Jerico line-up to celebrate the 25th anniversary re-release of the ‘First’ and ‘The Big Area’ albums for download (Warner / Rhino), and the band toured Britain after 23 years apart on ‘The Big Area Tour 2012’; culminating in their first ever acoustic show (filmed and released as double set DVD/ CD ‘Acoustic : Live London 2012’). In February 2013 Shaw, Taylor & Stainthorpe played 9th Belfast 'Belnash Songwriters Festival', and in May 2013 the band released 'Reprise' (Warner/Rhino), a new double album of hits, rare tracks and album tracks and toured the UK (The ‘Reprise’ Tour); followed by playing their first festival gigs in over 25 years at Let’s Rock Bristol 2013; and Shaw performed as Then Jerico at 80’s Rewind Festival 2013 in Henley.
In 2014 Mark Shaw performed with a new Then Jerico line-up at all four Let’s Rock Festivals (Let's Rock The Moor, Cookham; Bristol (exclusive 'Big Top' show); Leeds and Southampton. Shaw is currently writing and recording new material, and is Music Co-Ordinator on forthcoming British film 'Golden Years' and recording music specifically for the soundtrack. Shaw will be playing live gigs in 2015 both solo and as Then Jerico in Britian and Europe.