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sexta-feira, 19 de julho de 2013

Lloyd Cole and The Commotions

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions were a British pop band that formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982. Between 1984 and 1989, the band scored four Top 20 albums and five Top 40 singles in the UK. After breaking up in 1989, Cole embarked on a solo career but the band reformed briefly in 2004 to perform a 20th anniversary mini-tour of the UK and Ireland.

The band were formed whilst Cole (who was born in Derbyshire, England) was studying at the University of Glasgow. They signed to Polydor Records; their debut single "Perfect Skin" reaching number 26 in the UK charts in Spring 1984, while the second single "Forest Fire" reached 41. The first album, Rattlesnakes, was released in October 1984. Produced by Paul Hardiman and featuring string arrangements by Anne Dudley, the album peaked at No. 13 in the UK and was certified Gold for sales over 100,000 copies. NME included in its Top 100 Albums of All-Time list, and the title track was later covered by the American singer Tori Amos. The Welsh band Manic Street Preachers included the album amongst their top ten list.

The bulk of the album was written by frontman Lloyd Cole, who formed the band while a student at the University of Glasgow. Cole cites Bob Dylan and Booker T. & the MGs as major influences, but also notes the impact of his studies in English and philosophy on both the album's title, a reference to the novel Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion, and its lyrics, which also reference Renata Adler, Simone de Beauvoir and Norman Mailer.

"Perfect Skin" – 3:16
"Speedboat" – 4:37
"Rattlesnakes" (Cole, Neil Clark) – 3:28
"Down on Mission Street" – 3:49
"Forest Fire" – 4:39
"Charlotte Street" – 3:55
"2cv" – 2:52
"Four Flights Up" (Cole, Lawrence Donegan) – 2:37
"Patience" (Cole, Blair Cowan) – 3:40
"Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?" (Cole, Clark) – 3:06
All songs were written by Lloyd Cole, except where noted.

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