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Lloyd Cole


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Born January 31, 1961. An English-born singer and songwriter, known for his role as lead singer of Lloyd Cole and The Commotions from 1984 to 1989 and for his subsequent solo work.

He was born in Buxton, Derbyshire. He grew up in nearby Chapel en le Frith and went to New Mills Grammar School. After failing in law at University College London, he later attended (but did not graduate from) the University of Glasgow, where he studied philosophy and English and met the other members of The Commotions. Their 1984 debut, Rattlesnakes, contained numerous literary and pop culture references to figures like Norman Mailer, Grace Kelly, Eva Marie Saint, Truman Capote and Joan Didion. The group produced two more albums, Easy Pieces and Mainstream, before disbanding in 1989, when Cole re-located to New York to record with legendary musicians like Fred Maher and Robert Quine (as well as a then largely unknown Matthew Sweet).

This solo setting produced two acclaimed albums, Lloyd Cole in 1990 and 1991’s Don’t Get Weird on Me Babe. The latter was recorded in two parts: one side continued the New York rock mastered on his first solo album, while the other side featured a session orchestra, much in the style of Burt Bacharach or Scott Walker. Although some reviewers have claimed Don’t Get Weird on Me Babe (the title being a quote from the American neo-realism poet Raymond Carver) to be a creative peak, it produced significantly lesser record sales, and the contract with Capitol Records ended.


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  • benson_x

    The Negatives is his best album by far and no one even knows about it. It's a tragedy

    30 Jun 12:36pm Reply
  • Akayz7

    really liking his music ;)

    2 Feb 7:49pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    please team up with Yann Tiersen :3

    13 Jan 2:51am Reply
  • levitate85

    Live review of Lloyd Cole at the Citadel, St. Helens:

    7 Jan 11:22am Reply
  • brownieboy

    Wild Orphan is cool song

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • morningside24

    New album even better than the last one. The rocking electric guitar from his teenage son really gives his music a shot in the arm. Favorites: 'Women's Studies', 'Period Piece', 'Blue Like Mars'.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    @v11v11v: Yeah, holds up well, doesn't it? I still think it could have been massive if not for the hideous font work on the album cover. Or maybe not. Either way: Lloyd Cole forever.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • v11v11v

    I'm listening to Don't Get Weird On Me, Babe for the first time in a few years, singing along... it's an exquisite album, a work of craft and artistry, perfect for the heartbroken.

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Mineira

    totally in love with the new album ❤

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • derkonsul

    New Album Standards out now!

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    Why has someone tagged Lloyd as Scottish? He's from Buxton, Derbyshire - literally slap-bang in the middle of England. I will now count to ten whilst breathing slowly.

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • jotarvr

    Lloyd Cole, sexy as hell since Rattlesnakes.

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • headgear56

    While I lean toward his earlier work with The Commotions, I do enjoy his solo work as well. A distinct voice and very enjoyable with my favorite solo album being 1990's self-titled album.

    18 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Daniel1986

    Please extend your UK tour!!! [2]

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Die_Song-Diebin

    Please extend your UK tour!!!

    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    Underrated singer-songwriter.

    3 Oct 2011 Reply
  • macsumner

    Have written a positive review of the new record for the Perth (West Australian) local press. Very much enjoyed it!

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • mikeeverlywave

    The new record is pretty cool. If you're into Lloyd, you should check out Ralegh Long, some, not all, of his stuff has a similar vibe.

    22 Dec 2010 Reply
  • morningside24

    I'm also enjoying the new record. Favorite tracks: 'That's Alright', 'Oh Genevieve', 'The Flipside'.

    13 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Halfthatswhole

    Broken Record definately isn't broken...

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
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