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Kevin Coyne

Many singer/songwriters have been more heralded, but few produced more good work or did so for longer than Kevin Coyne. While virtually unknown in America, Coyne released dozens of records, most of them very good, that dealt primarily with outsiders: men, women, and children arbitrarily shunted to the fringes of society, or worse, locked away and left alone. His songs could be extraordinarily compassionate and, in the blink of an eye, angry, anguished, and accusatory. Perhaps the most durable and telling image of Kevin Coyne is the cover photo of his album In Living Black & White. On the front, Coyne is smiling and politely bowing to an unseen audience; the back of the album jacket is the same photo taken from the rear, with Coyne clutching an open straight razor.

Born in Derby, England, in 1944, Coyne, like many rock & roll performers who came of age in early postwar Britain, was an art school student who fell in love with American R&B. Living a bohemian life in late-'60s London, Coyne was employed for a while as a socio-therapist for alcoholics and the emotionally disturbed, jobs that would profoundly affect his approach to music. In 1969 his first band, Siren, signed to influential BBC DJ John Peel's specialty label, Dandelion. Two years and two excellent records later, Peel dissolved his label and Coyne embarked on a solo career. Married with two children, Coyne supported both his family and musical career by returning to social work. In many ways, his solo debut, Case History, set the tone for his career. Based on his social work experiences, it was a riveting examination of the desperate search for love by those forcibly exiled to the fringes of society. With his bluesy voice wailing almost inconsolably, Case History is a naked examination of people (Coyne included) whose lives are in constant turmoil: betrayed, institutionalized, unwanted, and mostly unloved. The characters in these songs cry out for attention, and Coyne, never one to buy into England's bureaucratic social work system, howls right along with them.

Case History was very nearly Coyne's swan song, but after a self-imposed exile from music, an opportunity to continue recording as a solo act with almost complete artistic freedom proved too powerful an incentive. In 1973, Coyne began a relationship with the then-fledgling Virgin Records label, which seemed willing to embrace the decidedly noncommercial, difficult performer. For the next eight years, he recorded some of his best music and, somewhat surprisingly, attained a modicum of commercial success, albeit in Europe only. These were mostly edgy folk-rock records tinged with an avant-garde feel for performance art (Coyne was a published poet, too), clearly not easy listening by any stretch of the imagination; neither were these records overly pretentious nor unapproachable.

By the early '80s, Coyne was recording for independent labels, making frustrating, semi-successful records that were erratically released and difficult to find. Exacerbating this bad situation were his worsening mental and physical states: chronic depression culminating in a nervous breakdown and alcoholism that, along with ending his marriage, nearly ended his life. In 1985, he moved to Nuremberg, Germany and began to pick up the pieces, improving his health and forming the Paradise Band. The move also re-sparked his passion for painting and writing, resulting in a handful of published books along with well-received exhibitions of his visual work in the cities of Berlin, Amsterdam, and Zurich. By the time the '90s rolled around, Coyne had reestablished himself as a true underground force, releasing a continuous stream of albums of dizzying variety (and availability). In 2002 he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. He died at his home on December 2, 2004. ~ John Dougan
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Nobody Dies In Dreamland

1. Black Cloud

2. A Distant Desert

3. One More Drink

4. B**ch

5. Marlene

6. Now That I Am Getting Old (Need Somebody)

7. Baby Man

8. Tramp's Song (Uggy's Song)

9. Mad Boy (Alternative Version)

10. Hypnotism

11. Georgia

12. Mean Molecatcher Man

13. Araby

14. Mandarin Mirror

15. Evil Island Home (Alternative Version)

16. I Love You Baby Baby

17. Sleepwalking

18. Night Man

19. Nobody Dies In Dreamland

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Track List: I Want My Crown: The Anthology 1973-1980 (2010 Digital Remaster)

Disc 1

1. Marjory Razorblade

2. Marlene

3. Talking To No One

4. Eastbourne Ladies (American Edit)

5. I Want My Crown

6. House On The Hill

7. Lovesick Fool

8. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning (Studio Version)

9. River Of Sin

10. Sign Of The Times

11. I Believe In Love (Rough Mix)

12. Blame It On The Night

13. Poor Swine (Alternate Version)

14. Dance Of The Bourgeoisie

15. Saviour

16. Lonely Lovers

17. Sunday Morning Sunrise

18. Rock 'N' Roll Hymn

19. Turpentine

20. Let's Have A Party

21. Lorna

Disc 2

1. Which Way Can I Go

2. A Life Divine

3. I Love My Mother

4. Shangri-La

5. America

6. Big White Bird

7. Daddy

8. Case History No 2 (Live)

9. Fat Girl (Live)

10. Roses In Your Room

11. Mona, Where's My Trousers

12. Rainbow Curve

13. Rivers Of Blood

14. Dynamite Days

15. Brothers Of Mine

16. I Really Live Round Here (False Friends)

17. I Am

18. I Only Want To See You Smile

19. Juliet And Mark

20. Older Woman

Disc 3

1. Having A Party

2. I'm Just A Man

3. Pretty Park

4. Marigold

5. Don't Blame Mandy

6. World Is Full Of Fools

7. Burning Head Suite (Live At Rockpalast 1979)

8. Are You Deceiving Me?

9. Lonely Man (Studio Version)

10. I Confess

11. It's My Mind (Studio Version)

12. Happy Homes

13. Children's Crusade

14. Learn To Swim - Learn To Drown

15. Dark Dance Hall

16. Day To Day

17. The Old Fashioned Love Song

18. New Motorway

19. A Loving Hand

20. Wonderful Wilderness

21. You Can't Kill Us

Disc 4

1. Chicken Wing (BBC In Concert, Golders Green Hippodrome 1974)

2. Marjory Razorblade Suite (BBC In Concert, Golders Green Hippodrome 1974)

3. Blame It On The Night (BBC In Concert, Golders Green Hippodrome 1974)

4. River Of Sin (BBC In Concert, Golders Green Hippodrome 1974)

5. Poor Swine (BBC In Concert, Golders Green Hippodrome 1974)

6. Fat Girl (BBC In Concert, Golders Green Hippodrome 1974)

7. Mad Boy (Live In Hyde Park)

8. Mummy (Live In Hyde Park)

9. Marjory Razorblade Suite (Live In Hyde Park)

10. Let's Have A Party (Live In Hyde Park)

11. Poor Swine (Live In Hyde Park)

12. Need Somebody (Live In Hyde Park)

13. Chicken Wing (Live In Hyde Park)

14. Boogie Chillun (Live In Hyde Park)

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Track List: Babble

1. Are You Deceiving Me ?

2. Come Down Here

3. Dead Dying Gone

4. Stand Up

5. Lonely Man

6. I Really Love You

7. Sun Shines Down On Me

8. I Confess

9. Sweetheart

10. Shaking Hands With The Sun

11. My Mind's Joined Forces

12. It's My Mind

13. Love Together

14. Happy Homes

15. It Really Doesn't Matter/We Know Who You Are

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Track List: One Day In Chicago

1. Monkeyheart

2. Britisher Cowboy

3. Over Land & Sea

4. Money Like Water

5. Way Of The World

6. Happy Island Girl

7. Scene Of The Crime

8. She's Not There

9. You You You!

10. Angel

11. Saviour

12. Blame It On The Night (Live)

13. Fat Girl (Live)

14. Money Like Water (Version) (Live)

15. Karate King (Live)

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Track List: Carnival

1. Stop Picking On Me

2. Charlene

3. The Wobble

4. Missing You

5. Don't Forget Me

6. Rolling And Tumbling

7. I Heard You

8. My Story

9. Sweet Melinda

10. Party Party Party

11. All My Friends

12. Sugar Mama

13. For Angel Eyes

14. But You Do

15. Carnival

16. Almost Invisible

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Track List: Pointing The Finger / Politicz - The Cherry Red Albums 1981-1982

1. There She Goes

2. As I Recall

3. Children Of The Death

4. One Little Moment

5. Let Love Reside

6. Sleeping - Waking

7. Pointing The Finger

8. You Can't Do That

9. Song Of The Womb

10. Old Lady

11. Your Holiness

12. Liberation

13. Fun Flesh

14. Flashing Back

15. Tell The Truth

16. Banzai

17. Poisoning You

18. Magnolia Street

19. I've Got The Photographs

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Track List: Room Full Of Fools

1. Sugar Turning Sour

2. I'm Wild

3. More Than Enough

4. God Watches

5. Whispering Desert

6. Candlelight

7. Forgive Me

8. The Einsten Song

9. Sugar Sugar Samba

10. Celestial Bride

11. Take Your Pain Away

12. Precious

13. Speak To Me

14. But I Love You

15. I Can't Make It

16. Room Full Of Fools

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Track List: Sugar Candy Taxi

1. Sugar Candy Taxi

2. Porcupine People

3. Highway Of Dreams

4. Happy Little Fat Man

5. The Garden Gate Song

6. I'm Into Your Game

7. My Wife's Best Friend

8. Little White Arms

9. Rusting Away

10. Bird Brain

11. Tiger Lilian

12. Fly

13. Almost Dying

14. Normal Man

15. It Hurts

16. Lancashire Song

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Track List: Sign Of The Times

1. Marjory Razor Blade

2. Marlene

3. Eastbourne Ladies

4. House On The Hill

5. Dog Latin

6. Good Boy

7. Karate King

8. Fat Girl

9. Saviour

10. Brother Of Mine

11. Dynamite Daze

12. Having A Party

13. I'm Just A Man

14. The Only One

15. Children's Crusade

16. Mona, Where's My Trousers

17. Sign Of The Times

18. Witch

19. Blame It On The Night

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Track List: Matching Head And Feet

1. Saviour

2. Lucy

3. Lonely Lovers

4. Sunday Morning Sunrise

5. Rock 'N' Roll Hymn

6. Mrs Hooley Go Home

7. It's Not Me

8. Turpentine

9. Tulip

10. One Fine Day

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Track List: Blame It On The Night

Disc 1

1. River Of Sin

2. Sign Of The Times

3. I Believe In Love

4. Don't Delude Me

5. Wanting You

6. Take A Train

7. Blame It On The Night

8. Poor Swine

9. Light Up Your Little Light

10. Choose

11. Witch

12. Right On Her Side

13. Queenie Queenie Caroline

Disc 2

1. River Of Sin (BBC In Concert, Golders Green Hippodrome 1974)

2. Poor Swine (BBC In Concert, Golders Green Hippodrome 1974)

3. Fat Girl (BBC In Concert, Golders Green Hippodrome 1974)

4. Mrs Hooley Go Home (BBC Radio One John Peel Show Session)

5. The Stride (BBC Radio One John Peel Show Session)

6. It's Not So Bad (BBC Radio One John Peel Show Session)

7. Bewitched (BBC Radio One Bob Harris Show Session)

8. Daddy/Marjory Razorblade Suite (BBC Radio One Bob Harris Show Session)

9. Another Man Goes Down (BBC Radio One Bob Harris Show Session)

10. Right In Hand (BBC Radio One Bob Harris Show Session)

11. The Miner's Song (BBC Radio One John Peel Show Session)

12. Evil Island Home (BBC Radio One John Peel Show Session)

13. Dance Of The Bourgeoisie

14. Looking For The River (BBC Radio One John Peel Show Session)

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Track List: Marjory Razorblade

1. Marjory Razorblade

2. Marlene

3. Talking To No-One

4. Eastbourne Ladies

5. Old Soldier

6. I Want My Crown

7. Nasty

8. Lonesome Valley

9. House On The Hill

10. Cheat Me

11. Jackie And Edna

12. Everybody Says

13. Mummy

14. Heaven In My View

15. Karate King

16. Dog Latin

17. This Is Spain

18. Chairmans Ball

19. Good Boy

20. Chicken Wing

21. Lovesick Fool

22. Sea Of Love

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Track List: Case History (Deluxe Edition)

1. God Bless The Bride

2. White Horse

3. Uggy's Song

4. Need Somebody

5. Evil Island Home

6. Araby

7. My Message To The People

8. Mad Boy

9. Sand All Yellow

11. Flowering Cherry (B-Side)

16. Cheat Me (Radio Version)

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Like his music or not, I can't stop listening.
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fab
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He's annoying. Thumbs down weirdo
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mrschaffins
hypnotic.... . love this song
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Holy S**t this guy is Amazing!
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he like roky
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has a great musician ever had a great, normal life to live? Is it the exquisite pain of our honest existence that creates the art?
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Yes, agreed, a good find. And a little bit of a story here.
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Never heard of this guy, but he sounds great!

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