In 1982 Jon Marsh was playing drums for Twelve of August. He met Stephen Warrington when he joined Twelve of August as an additional guitarist (other members were Steve Seale (Barrington) and John Seale). When Twelve of August split Jon and Stephen formed Journey Through.
 Initial indie success
Jon Marsh and Steve Waddington following the break up off the band Twelve of August formed the core of a band named Journey Through (the name taken from a line of the song 'Heaven in Love', written by Steve Seale and Jo Caney). The pair were joined by Tim Havard. When Guy Gausden later joined the band, the group changed their name to The Beloved. The band originally had a guitar-oriented sound, but soon began using drum machines and dance music elements. They sounded at times like post-punk/dance group New Order, and a summation of this stage of their career can be found on their first studio album, Where It Is, which is a compilation of previously released material, consisting of singles and related B-Sides, pressed onto one individual long playing work. The record includes all the early singles, "A Hundred Words", "This Means War". "Happy Now", and the double A-side "Surprise Me" / "Forever Dancing", all released between 1986 and 1987, all on Where It Is, all making the Top 30 in the UK Indie Chart, and all failing in the UK Top 75.
 Early United Kingdom hits
After slimming down to a duo consisting of Marsh and Waddington only, The Beloved began to embrace a dance sound more wholeheartedly and, in 1988, after another flop with another double A-side single, "Loving Feeling" / "Acid Love", the single "The Sun Rising" became a club favourite and crossed over to the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 26 in the UK in September 1989. "The Sun Rising" featured a sample of "O Euchari" as sung by Emily Van Evera, a sample also used by trance group Orbital on their tune "Belfast". This was followed in 1990 by their second album, Happiness, the first and only album the band released as a duo and the first consisting wholly of previously unreleased new songs, from which the hit single "Hello" was also released. "Hello" became The Beloved's first international hit, and reached Number 19 in the UK. This song features rather peculiar lyrics, mostly consisting of names of real or fictitious people, groups and institutions, representing the band's most important and varied influences (from religion with Saint Peter and Saint Paul, to music with Kym Mazelle, literature with Jeffrey Archer and cartoons with Flintstones). The LP included two more singles, "Your Love Takes Me Higher," which made the UK Top 40 on its second release, and the final cut, "Time After Time", one of their most famous songs internationally, which was only a minor hit in Great Britain, failing at Number 48.
The success of the album, and the four associated singles, pushed the group to follow it up with a brand new song, "It's Alright Now", which also failed to make the Top 40, stopping at Number 46 in the UK, but helped promote a remix album, entitled Blissed Out, which was released in 1991. As suggested by the title, Blissed Out was an expanded remodelled version of Happiness. Almost all of the songs from the Happiness were featured on Blissed Out in one or more remixed versions, along with another mix of "It's Alright Now," and some previously unreleased instrumental tunes. The work was released in 3 different editions, varying in length and track listing, depending upon the format: the vinyl LP, the shortest, includes 8 tracks; the CD version features 11 songs; and the MC edition contains 16 remixes.