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Moodswings

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(1989 – present)

Moodswings is a musical duo composed of Grant Showbiz and James F.T. Hood. Grant Showbiz was a onetime roadie and guitar tech who later produced albums by The Smiths, Billy Bragg, Silverfish, and Gong. James Hood was a former drummer for The Pretenders, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, and Jeff Beck. After Showbiz and Hood teamed up in 1989, the duo released the album Moodfood (Arista/bmg, 1992), which scored a hit with the single “Spiritual High (State Of Independence) Part II,” which featured vocals by the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde and samples from Martin Luther King, Jr. ’s “I Have a Dream” speech. “Spiritual High II” was played during the closing credits on the soundtrack of Single White Female, the 1992 Bridget Fonda film and was in 2000 included on The Pretenders’ Greatest Hits.

The Live At Leeds EP (Arista) followed in 1994 (with artwork styled after The Who’s Live at Leeds), and in 1997, the group released Psychedelicatessen (Arista/BMG). Showbiz was a member of Moodswings up until the album Horizontal, which Hood solo-produced (Varèse sarabande, 2002). Julee Cruise sings vocals on two tracks from Horizontal: “Seems to Remind Me (Of Love)” and “Into The Blue.” Hood contributed “Storm in a Teacup” from the same album for the 2005 documentary Do You Believe? Another World is Possible.

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