Archive for the 'Flashback' Category

Mono – Life In Mono

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Mono formed in 1996 in London and consisted of singer Siobhan de Maré and Martin Virgo on keyboards, synthesizer programming, and production. Originally planning to use the name Tremelux, they chose instead Mono, derived from the title of the Phil Spector release Back to Mono. The band signed a UK-only contract at first with Echo Records, passing up labels like Warner, Island, and London. Their first release, in 1996, was an EP of the song “Life in Mono” and various remixes. and was followed by the Formica Blues album in 1997. In 1998, the use of “Life in Mono” in the soundtrack, trailers, and end credits of the film adaptation of Great Expectations brought greater exposure for the song than ever before, and it became the number one most requested song on US radio stations for weeks following the film’s release.

Now at the height of their popularity, Mono embarked on their only concert tour. After a quiet period, however, the band broke up in 2000. De Maré now sings for Violet Indiana featuring Robin Guthrie of the group Cocteau Twins and has released a number of singles, two albums and a singles collection. More recently, de Maré also founded Pearl Dust, a music management company. Virgo joined International Love Corporation, an unsigned rock band promoted through MySpace and CD Baby, as keyboardist.

Source: Wikipedia

Hooverphonic – 2 Wicky

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Hooverphonic is a Belgian trip hop/electronic group formed in 1995. The band originally called themselves Hoover but later changed their name to Hooverphonic due to other groups using the Hoover name. The band achieved international recognition through the inclusion of the track 2Wicky (from A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular) on the soundtrack to Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1996 film Stealing Beauty (Io Ballo da Sola). The original members of the group were vocalist Liesje Sadonius, keyboardist Frank Duchêne, bass guitarist and programmer Alex Callier, and guitarist Raymond Geerts.

Sadonius left Hooverphonic on amicable terms shortly after the release of A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular and was replaced by Geike Arnaert in early 1998. Duchêne left the band after Blue Wonder Power Milk. After 6 albums and a hits compilation it was announced that Geike Arnaert was also leaving the band. Hooverphonic continues to release music and perform with their new lead singer Noémie Wolfs, who appears on their latest release, “The Night Before”.

Source: Last.FM

The Sundays – Here’s Where The Story Ends

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Sundays were an influential British indie group that first came on the scene in 1990. Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin formed the band in college at bristol, soon adding bassist Paul Brindley and drummer Patrick Hannan. Their level of commercial success was almost unprecedented by an indie act when their first album ‘Reading Writing and Arithmetic’ debuted in the British charts at number 4, (even cracking the US Top 40) with little publicity. This now seminal album also featured the single ‘Here’s Where The Story Ends’ and other classic indie pop tunes ‘Skin & Bones’, ‘Hideous Towns’ and ‘I Kicked A Boy’. After releasing two more follow-ups the band decided to go into hiatus to dedicate their time to family. Here’s hoping that it won’t be the last we hear from them!

Source: Last.FM

Cocteau Twins – Bluebeard

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

This is the start of a new category, FLASHBACK, where we feature artists and releases of the past. This includes anything older than a couple years ago – music that should not be forgotten! Years later, the Cocteau Twins are still relevant and worthy of revisiting on a regular basis. The video for ‘Bluebeard’, released in 1993, is especially whimsical. Certainly makes a person miss Elizabeth Fraser, the original Angel!