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(photo from marklanegan.com by Steve Gullick)
Today on the MP3 Shuffle, we celebrate the birthday of Mark Lanegan. Lanegan fronted a band out of the Pacific Northwest called Screaming Trees from 1985 to 2000, one of many acts that got unfairly lumped into the “grunge” sound. As is usually the case, reality was much more complicated-- the quartet captured an eerie, dark psychedelia through a buzz factory of guitars and Lanegan’s dusty, whiskey-soaked croak of a baritone.
But having seen the band play live and Lanegan perform solo, I much prefer the latter. He’s a well-known collaborator (he’ll share the stage with The Afghan Whigs within the next few weeks at benefits for guitarist Dave Rosser, recently diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer) and has recorded a few records of reinterpretations, but he’s at his best when sharing his own nightmarish dreams and waking nightmares. What better day than Black Friday to commemorate a man whose dark worldview should make him a worthwhile inheritor to the man in black himself?
To mark this day and celebrate Lanegan’s music, let’s play the shuffle. Grab your MP3 player or electronic device of your choice, press the shuffle button, and share the first 10 songs that play:
One of the most unique voices in music comes to Chicago as Mark Lanegan, formerly of The Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Gutter Twins, takes the stage at The Old Town School Of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln Ave) on October 10th at 8pm.
As a founder and lead singer of The Screaming Trees in the Pacific Northwest of the late 80s, Lanegan’s gruff yet heartbroken voice earned the band some distinction on the local scene. And although their music never quite aspired to the “grunge” sound that their Seattle contemporaries perfected they did benefit from the rise of that scene in the early '90s. Their 1992 single ”Nearly Lost You” became a hit on alternative radio after being featured in Cameron Crowe’s film Singles of the same year.
After the band’s break-up in 2000, Lanegan has collaborated with numerous artists, as well as releasing four solo albums of his own, on top of the four solo albums he released in the '90s while still with the Trees. His latest, Imitations, a collection of cover songs, was released on September 17th.
You can watch a new video on Lanegan’s website, marklanegan.com.