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Cordelia's Dad


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Cordelia’s Dad is a band from Northampton, Massachusetts that combines folk and punk rock influences and was instrumental in the creation of the genre later to be dubbed “No Depression”. The band formed in 1987 and was active until 1998, when the members relocated to different parts of the country. After releasing an album of older material in 2002 the band has reunited in 2007 for their twentieth anniversary.

Cordelia’s Dad was founded in 1987 by Amherst College students Tim Eriksen (bass, vocals), Peter Irvine (drums), Tom King (guitar). Although all three had previous experiences with traditional American music their initial sound was closer to that of alternative rock bands like Dinosaur Jr. and accordingly they recorded their first, eponymous album at Fort Apache Studios in Boston. The main distinguishing characteristic from their Fort Apache peers was that with few exceptions, their early recorded output consisted entirely of Anglo-American traditional folk tunes recorded as rock songs. Their second album How Can I Sleep, recorded by Dave Schramm continued the prominent use of traditional material, but increased the share of songs played as acoustic folk songs, starting a trend to call the sound of the band “schizophrenic”. The transition to folk outfit was completed in 1993 with the recording of the limited release mini-album The Joy Fun Garden for German mail order label Return to Sender (a sublabel of Normal Records, which released all Cordelia’s Dad albums in Germany).


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  • St33rpike

    Tim Eriksen's solo albums are also great. I can't decide which I like better, but Cordelia's Dad and Tim Eriksen have both done some really good stuff.

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • loesvanschaijk

    I really like this music, too bad these guys don't play together anymore!

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • hdickins

    Cordelia's Dad = King Lear?

    1 Jul 2008 Reply
  • -scylla-

    Haha what a name.

    19 Jun 2006 Reply

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