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Blaine L. Reininger

Born in 1953 in Pueblo, CO, to a Latina mother and "an Okie farmer with a German name," Blaine Reininger has the advantage of not only one of the most distinct names in music but an equally distinct and often fascinating career in general, thanks to his nearly continuous membership in one of America's most underrated bands, Tuxedomoon, which started off in San Francisco in 1977 around a core of Reininger and Steven Brown. The band's subsequent career, first as Ralph Records semi-stalwarts and then as expatriates struggling on a number of levels in Europe, is its own tale of persistence, but one that Reininger didn't always participate in.

He first started doing solo shows when the band was in Brussels, on one night suffering a terrible hand injury when he was mugged after a show. The incident provided grist for what later turned out to be his solo debut, the moodily experimental Broken Fingers, in 1982. While not intended to be a formal solo start at the time -- a number of tracks were already planned as Tuxedomoon efforts -- other factors led to Reininger deciding to separate from the band in 1983. A reunion with former Tuxedomoon guitarist Michael Belfer resulted in Reininger's second album, the confident Night Air, getting a release in 1984, gaining Reininger more attention and later resulting two subsequent EPs, Colorado Suite and Paris en Automne, that found him working more closely with a backing band. Following the shows that provided the tracks for Live in Brussels, however, Reininger and his band split, with the follow-up effort in 1987, Byzantium, proving to be a somewhat strident and weak third full album.

Happily Reininger and his Tuxedomoon bandmates Brown and Peter Principle had settled their differences and reunited the following year to begin a new if more sporadic existence, predominantly consisting of live performances rather than studio work, that continued into the 21st century. Reininger's solo career, meanwhile, continued as well, resulting in a combination of full-on solo efforts (such as 1991's Instrumentals), collaborations with Brown (One Hundred Years of Music and Croatian Variations), and soundtracks (Radio Moscow and Manic Man). As of 2004 Reininger split his time between Greece and Italy, continuing to record with and without Tuxedomoon while also maintaining his often dryly witty website at www.mundoblaineo.com. ~ Ned Raggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Commissions

Disc 1

1. Enter Xara

2. Xara Must Dance

3. Aliens

4. Body Electric

5. Telemarketing

6. Anstringone

7. Bass Theme

8. Could Be Tiresias

9. Creon's Destruction

10. Buried Alive

11. House Of Usher

12. Chopstick Bounce

13. Tiresias

14. Antigone (End Theme)

Disc 2

1. Circulation

2. Shadow Waltz

3. Solitude

4. Attribue A Bernie H.

5. Floatin' Billy

6. Can't Win For Losin'

7. Plage

8. March To The Scaffold

9. Danton's Tango

10. Liberte, Etc

11. Kouros

12. Den Thimamai Tipota

13. Tora Arxiso

14. American Buffalo

15. Wondrous Place

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Track List: Glossolalia

1. Throatsinging

2. Glossolalia

3. No Need To Move The Camera

4. Lemonaki

5. Ici Salvador Dali

6. Hank And Audrey

7. Lunar Rose Oubliette

8. Cowboy Elektra

9. Drippy

10. Dance In Your Blood

11. Ich Will Musik

12. Look Like A Rube

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Track List: Night Air 2

1. Night Ride

2. Invisible

3. Silly Boy

4. Flame On

5. Al Haqq

6. Manic Man

7. Music Box

8. Europe After The Rains: Winter In Wien

9. Europe After The Rains: La Tombee De La Nuit

10. Europe After The Rains: Pere Lachaise

11. Night Street

12. Nocho Lluviosa

13. Ghosts Of The Arbat

14. Arc En Ciel

15. Voice Of The Hive

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Track List: Night Air

1. Night Air

2. Birthday Song

3. Beak People

4. Mystery & Confusion

5. Intermission

6. Ash And Bone

7. L'Entree De L'Hierophante

8. Un Cafe Au Lait For Mr Mxyzptlk

9. Miraculous Absence

10. El Mensajero Divino

11. Mystery And Confusion (7" Remix)

12. Bizarre Bizarre

13. Windy Outside

14. Broken Fingers

15. Crash (45 Version)

16. Crash (Remix)

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Track List: Byzantium

1. Rolf & Florian Go Hawaiian

2. Blood Of A Poet

3. Teenage Theatre

4. Some Fine Day

5. Japanese Dream

6. Too Cool To Die

7. Bird On A Wire

8. Rosebud

9. Paris En Automne

10. Singular World

11. Raise Your Hands

12. Burn Like Rome

13. The Homecoming

14. Bizmallah

15. Rolf & Florian Go Hawaiian (7" Remix)

16. Radio Ectoplasm (Demo)

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Track List: Live In Brussels Bis

1. Intro (Live)

2. Volo Vivace (Live)

3. Night Air (Live)

4. The Birthday Song (Live)

5. What Use? (Live)

6. Uptown (Live)

7. Broken Fingers (Live)

8. Ash & Bone (Live)

9. Paris En Automne (Live)

10. Radio Ectoplasm (Live)

11. Burn Like Rome (Live)

12. Mystery And Confusion (Live Frejus 3 August 1987)

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