Monday, April 30, 2007
So, what does it sound like? It is all good quality recordings. Mainly all originals except for his covers of Joy Divisions "Heart & Soul", Springsteens "My Fathers Place" and a couple of tracks from the solo albums.
It starts with 4 Music Club tracks with the Undertow Orchestra and then jumps back 10 years to a couple of "60 Watt" tracks. Next there is a track from "West". I don't know if that is Pete Buck on guitar is it? Then comes my fave bit, 3 tracks with the band that toured "Invisible Man". They only played one gig in the UK supporting J Mascis and they rocked. Big time. Next come the covers and finally there are 3 of the old classic.
It could easily have been an hour of Mark and his guitar so it is good to hear a nice selections of bands playing on there. At 64 mins they could have stuck some auidence banter on there or possibly a couple more unreleased tracks. Still, worth getting as a document of the man in his prime.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Update. Not shipping to North America. You probably want the bands web site for that.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
1.Ladies and Gentlemen
2.St Michael My pet rat
5.Mission Rock Resort
7. In You Life
8. Greeting Cards
9. To The Sea
10.No Easy way Down
11.Rehearsals For Retirement
12.My Father's Place
13.Heart and Soul
14.Blue and Grey Shirt
15.I've Been A Mess
More details as they emerge.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The site seems to have more going on than when I last looked at it. There seems to be more general content with reviews and features not necessarily about Mr Cope. Check it out.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
- Start as singer in an influential underground band (American music Club and Husker Du respectively) that briefly flirt with success and major labels.
- Split the band up for music influence/ego problems.
- Get a reputation as a really miserable git. When "Black Sheets of Rain" came out the Guardian called Bob "the most miserable man in rock" and Mark of course wrote "If I Had a Gun".
- Release great debut solo album and then a series of patchy follow ups.
- In Bobs case, do the same again with a band call Sugar.
- Endlessly tour with solo acoustic shows.
- Come out of the closet, start hanging around clubs like Trade (or the US equivalent), think that Soft Cell are fab and re-invent yourself as a "electronic" artist.
- Release a series of electronic/dance albums to various amounts of critical praise.
- Finally make a decent comeback album. In Marks case it was "Love Songs for Patriots" and in Bobs case it was "Body of Song".
I just find it strange that the singers of my two fave bands of the late 80s/early 90s both had such similar career paths. They have both gone electronic and produced Pro-Tools albums though the albums have been most different. Marks are still singer/songwriter albums while Bobs still have that hint of power pop guitar in them.