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Dirk Hamilton

Indiana-born singer/songwriter Dirk Hamilton possesses a distinctive, raspy tenor, along with a rock & roll passion, stinging wit, and keen eye for the peculiarities of life. After leaving Indiana and relocating to L.A., he gained the notice of Steely Dan producer Gary Katz, who helped him get a deal with ABC Records. The subsequent album, the acoustic-based You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right, produced by Katz, was released in 1976. The record, which quickly distinguished itself artistically, if not commercially, from the ‘70s singer/songwriter pack, was honest and insightful, yet with a quirkiness all it's own. With his next couple of releases, Alias I (1977) and Meet Me at the Crux (1978), Hamilton's songs drifted even further to the left of center, which helped garner positive press but did little for his commercial appeal. If lyrically Hamilton was hard to pigeonhole, musically he probably had more in common with an artist like Van Morrison than most ‘70s singer/songwriters. And though his earliest work lacked Morrison's musical direction and gift for hooks, he gained focus with Meet Me at the Crux, which is considered by many to be a minor classic. After five years of critical praise failed to translate into sales, Hamilton became disillusioned and left the music business following 1979's Thug of Love, eventually becoming a counselor in California for emotionally disturbed adolescents. A few years later, after playing for fun in a local cover band in Stockton, CA, he was inspired to start writing again and released two self-produced cassettes (Rough Takes (Rough Times) [1986] and Big at the Blackwater [1989]). He entered back into the music world full-time with three records between 1990 and 1994 for the Italian-based Appaloosa Records (Too Tired to Sleep [1990], Go Down Swingin' [1991], and Yep! [1993]), and Sufferupachuckle, a 1996 release for Core Records, all of which showed his singular talent still intact. Shortly after the release of Sufferupachuckle, Core declared bankruptcy, leaving Hamilton without a U.S. label. An unofficial live recording, The Road, the Light, the Night . . . (1998) and Orphans (2000), a collection of demos from the ‘80s, were issued in the interim. His first record of new material in five years, SEXspringEVERYTHING followed in January of 2001. ~ Brett Hartenbach
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Solo Mono

1. Delete Deletions

2. Follow Your Bliss

3. Everybody's Blues

4. She Calls Me Bello

5. Fly Free

6. Nobody I Know

7. The Pygmy Forest

8. Slow Suicide

9. Our Sweet Love

10. Where Are All The Rebels?

11. Unreachable

12. Jan Jan Janet

13. Kalea

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Track List: More Songs From My Cool Life

1. Searchin' For The Heart Of Soul

2. I Should Have Never Left Texas

3. When Good Men Do Nothing

4. Rich Man Blues

5. Windmill Hills

6. Dean, Don, Dan

7. Hardball In The Holyland

8. Feather

9. Broken

10. All The People In This World

11. Coming To Light

12. Time To Close

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Track List: The Ghost Of Van Gogh

1. The Magoombies

2. All And Nothin'

3. The Ghost Of Van Gogh

4. Thailand

5. I'm The Thug Of Love

6. Meadow

7. The Last Detail

8. Too Tired To Sleep

9. My Italian Friends

10. Caterpillars In My Ears

11. Playin' Hurt

12. Girls And Music

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Track List: Sufferupachuckle

1. Askin' For Apples

2. Queen Of The Final Dream

3. Black Dog Blues

4. Dangerous

5. Heroes (Maybe)

6. The Relative Health Of Your Soul Inside

7. Tell Me What It Is (That Keeps Us Tryin')

8. Luck

9. Whistling In The Dark

10. Strange Friend

11. Walk On Lake George

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Track List: Yep!

1. Yep

2. Boy On A Roof

3. Long Blonde Hair

4. Jesus, The Devil And You

5. Lonely Videos

6. On A Volcano

7. A Stranger Song

8. Rainbows In The Night

9. Tunnel (At The End Of The Light)

10. The 1-2 Sucker Punch

11. The Only Thing That Matters

12. Soul & Body

13. When Ivan Makes A Sound

14. Ain't Licked Yet

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Track List: Thug Of Love

1. Out To Unroll The Wheel World

2. Turn Off The T.V.

3. Colder Than Mexican Snow

4. Moses & Me

5. I Will Acquiesce

6. The Main Attraction

7. Need Some Body

8. Wholly Bowled Over

9. Change In A Child's Hand

10. In A Miracle

11. Dance In Deeper Motion

12. Dry Jawbone

13. New Dark Age

14. The World Is Ok

15. Soul & Body

16. Overcoats

17. Moses & Me (Acoustic Version)

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Track List: Meet Me At The Crux

1. Mouth Full Of Suck (They Got No Life Of Their Own)

2. Billboard On The Moon

3. All In All

4. Welcome To Toyland

5. Tell A Vision Time

6. Heroes Of The Night

7. Meet Me At The Crux

8. How Do You Fight Fire?

9. Every Inch A Moon

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Track List: Alias I

1. In The Eyes Of The Night

2. The Ballad Of Dicky Pferd

3. For Diana

4. Alias I

5. Los Gatos

6. Joanna Ree

7. The Classic Sweat Poze

8. The Light Of Love

9. The Big Boo Hoo

10. As A Matter Of Fact

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Track List: You Can Sing On The Left Or Bark On The Right

1. The Sweet Forever

2. Waterfall

3. Little Big-Time Man

4. She Don't Squash Bugs

5. I Got To Feelin'

6. Sweet And Cold

7. Wasn't That One Night Good

8. Grow A Rose

9. When She Kiss Ya' Like She Love (Ya' Know She Do)

10. Ridin' In A Whale

11. Joker To A Shaky Hand

12. Pavlova Shoes

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Track List: Touch & Go

1. Gladiola

2. Misery Woman

3. Head On A Neck

4. Touch And Go

5. We Live In A Dream

6. For The Love Of A Lady

7. Blame The Poor

8. Not Free To Me

9. Build A Submarine

10. A Stepper Like You

11. Cheers To The Heart

12. The Only Thing That Matters

13. Mister Moreno

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Dirk will release a new CD in Spring 2016 - Go to DirkHamilton . c o m
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I am kind of new to Pandora. Great to rediscover Dirk as I have the Thug of Love album (real vinyl). It is great to hear Moses and Me again.
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I grew up listening to Dirk in high school sneaking into all the little bars he would play in Hermosa Beach. Meet me at the crux is perfect!! Love you dirk!!
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There is so much more music out there from Dirk, why isn't any more being played here? I love his perspective on things and it is fun to listen to. I mis things like Meet me at the Crux, Thug of Love, Alias I...

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