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Chris Von Sneidern

A longtime fixture of the Bay Area power pop scene, Chris Von Sneidern was one of the pop underground's more accomplished singer/songwriters, earning a cult following with a string of indie releases during the '90s. Born in Syracuse, NY, Von Sneidern joined a local outfit called the U-Turns in the early '80s before relocating to San Francisco in 1985. He played with several locally based power pop bands -- including the Lost Patrol and (as bassist) the Sneetches -- before joining Flying Color as guitarist in 1987. After they broke up in 1990, Von Sneidern hit the road with former Beat leader Paul Collins and lived for a short time in New York before returning to San Francisco to pursue a solo career. He surfaced on the Heyday label and issued his self-produced debut album, Sight & Sound, in 1993; in addition to winning raves from power pop fans, it also featured a guest appearance from John Wesley Harding, with whom Von Sneidern would collaborate frequently in the years to come. The follow-up, Big White Lies, appeared in 1994, and as word of Von Sneidern's music spread in the pop underground, he picked up more production work in addition to his own recordings, and opened his own Bay Area studio.

When Von Sneidern returned with his third album, Go!, in 1996, he was on the local indie Mod Lang; that label also released the follow-up, 1998's Wood + Wire. For his next project, Von Sneidern formed a soul/R&B-influenced outfit called the Sportsmen, which also featured pianist Khoi-San, guitarist Dave "Shaggy" Gleason, bassist Teenage Rob, and drummer Derek Ritchie. Their debut album, Spirited, was released in 1999 by the Japanese Lazy Cat label. Von Sneidern subsequently formed his own label, which allowed him to release several idiosyncratic projects in 2000. First came London Payne (subtitled Searching the Muse: Memoirs Across America), which set poetry by John R. Dykes to music; it was followed by 2-cute 2-be 4-gotten, a similar exercise that drew from poetry written by teenage girls. Finally, there was an additional live album spanning 1998-2000, Live Start Lifting. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: California Redemption Value

1. Registered Charity

2. I'm Like You

3. Symphony Of Love

4. You Walked Away

5. These Days

6. Everybody Sees

7. Sorry

8. San Francisco

9. Tale of Two Cities

10. Lonely Tonight

11. If You Run To Me

12. On The Ground

13. Why Go Alone?

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Track List: Like Me That Way

1. Love

2. Like Me That Way

3. Go On Go On

4. Ooh Mama Mama

5. Glory Days Are Gone

6. Identity

7. Don't Worry Now

8. Annalisa

9. Remember

10. (Watch Them) Ride Away

11. Sun

12. Feel

13. Great American Dream

14. Clock On The Wall

15. Walking Endlessly

16. A Simple Tune

17. Downtown

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Track List: Headful Of Words: The Best Of CVS Volume One

1. Big White Lies

2. Sun

3. Annalisa

5. Bad Black Lonesome

6. Don't Worry Now

7. Love

8. On My Hands

9. Here I Go

10. Sight & Sound

11. Doctor

12. One Side In Heaven

13. Open Wide

14. Going Back To See

15. Tell Me Again

17. On The Ground

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Track List: Wood + Wire

1. Starting Out

2. Lines

3. Sun

4. As You Are

5. Don't Worry Now

6. Split It

7. Circles

8. Love

9. I Can See

10. Like Me That Way

11. Got A Way With Her

12. Feel

13. The End

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Track List: Sight & Sound

1. Gemini

2. Open Wide

3. Somedays

4. Bad Black Lonesome

5. Annalisa

6. I Want You

7. Life Start Living

8. Hey Nino Tempo

9. See Green Like Never Seen

10. On The Run

11. Walking Endlessly

12. The Ballad

13. Sight & Sound

14. I Think I'll Be Going

15. Carry On!

16. Never Again, My Love

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Track List: 2-Cute 2-Be 4-Gotten

1. Just Another Day

2. What I Did Today

3. Seeds Of Love

4. Love Blindness

5. Unable To Be Located

6. Love

7. This Is Fragile Heart You'll Never Break

8. Perfect

9. Deflated

10. Heartbreak Game

11. Annoyed

12. All I Want Is To Be Me

13. Love Turned Into Lust

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Track List: Big White Lies (Re-Mastered, Bonus Tracks Version)

1. Prayer Intro / Mindreader

2. On My Hands

3. Hard Again

4. Big White Lies

5. Dream Away

6. Here I Go

7. Doctor

8. Inside Outside

9. Roll On

10. Summertime Sun

11. Everything I Own

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Track List: London Payne

1. Desert Heat

2. Autumn Hills

3. A Mountain Climb

4. Still Waters

5. Kay Sera Sera

6. Continental Divide

7. Appalachian Trail

8. Bringing It Home

9. A Fading Desert

10. Poetry In Commotion

11. London Payne

12. Eagle Trilogy

13. Rock 'N' Roll

14. Route 66

15. Hurricane And The Rictor Scale

16. Cowboy Country

17. 10,000 Lakes

18. Blue Grass

19. Another Divide

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Track List: The Sportsmen (Spirited)

1. Everything I Do Gone Be Funky

2. I Feel Good

3. When It Goes Around

4. Truth

5. She's Looking Good

6. Boogaloo Down Broadway

7. Get It Good

8. Put The Money In The Hole

9. Clock On The Wall

10. Miracle

11. Single Man

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Track List: The Wild Horse (Bonus Tracks Version)

1. Remember

2. Glory Days Are Gone

3. Take Me Back

4. Identity

5. Ooh Mama Mama

6. A Simple Tune

7. Neighbor's Dog

8. Finest Hour

9. The Ballad Of Zoe Snow

10. Downtown

11. Great American Dream

12. Horse House

13. Our Last Waltz

14. (Watch Them) Ride Away

15. Hold On

16. Smile A Little Smile

17. Win Or Lose

18. I Can't Reach You

19. Hush

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Track List: Why Isn't Chris Von Sneidern Famous? (Movie Soundtrack)

1. Four Fifty-One

2. Big White Lies

3. Symphony Of Love

4. Dialog- Mod Lang

5. Lines

6. Dialog- They'll Be Back

7. Carry On!

8. Dialog- Genius

9. Annalisa

10. Why Go Alone?

11. Dialog- London Payne

12. Kay Sera Sera

13. Dialog- Famous

14. Doctor

15. The End

16. Dialog- Live In The Studio

17. Feel

18. Dialog- Make This Ending Different

19. Somedays (Cafe Du Nord) (Live)

20. Gemini (Red Devil Lounge) (Live)

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connie_champ a g n e
I have always loved old CV's songs, & am pretty sure he will continue to create for this rest of his days, (despite mean, nasty bobonnits.)- - I dig this station, & agree with vickey that Pandora algarhythm's choice of Phil Collins & Billy Joel don't belong on this channel.
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Ho hum..... just another guy going through the motions with every possible musical cliche and predictable hook
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sixtieschick 5
I love Chris so much, too bad he hasn't put out any new stuff in a while...I hope he hasn't given up!
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what do this guy and phil collins have in common?

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