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Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (1990 – 1999)

Morphine was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States in 1990 by Mark Sandman (vocals, bass) and Dana Colley (saxophone). Jerome Dupree became the group’s drummer in 1991 prior to the release of their debut album, Good. “Low Rock” is Morphine’s unique combination of jazz, blues and pop/rock, sung with darkly comic and ironic lyrics. Their guitarless sound relied on an unusual combination of baritone/tenor sax, percussion and a two string slide bass.

While “Good” earned the band critical notoriety and substantial underground cred, they did not — with this release or any subsequent — break into the mainstream. After the release of Good, the band replaced Dupree with Billy Conway, a former bandmate of Sandman. Morphine’s 1992 release of Cure for Pain, promoted by heavy touring, received some mainstream positive attention, selling over 300,000 copies worldwide and spawning a chart hit in many countries with the single Buena

Subsequent releases include Yes and Like Swimming.

On July 3, 1999, Mark Sandman collapsed on stage in Palestrina, Italy, a suburb of Rome. He was pronounced dead of a heart attack at the scene. He was 46. Morphine released The Night — arguably their best effort — posthumously in 2000.

After Sandman’s death, the remaining band members reformed and continued to record as Twinemen and later as The Ever Expanding Elastic Waste Band


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  • tooFake

    Cure For Pain♥

    23 Jul 1:03pm Reply
  • Dnlphnv

    Божечки, какой же атмосферный вокал. Почему я не слышал эту группу ранее, она идеальна.

    30 Jun 8:52pm Reply
  • ricardo_zim

    23 Jun 12:07pm Reply
  • hydra_fm

    Возбуждают. [2]

    13 Jun 6:38pm Reply
  • alturademiras

    Addictive just like the drug.

    12 Jun 9:03pm Reply
  • Isee_deadpeople

    Вот уж никогда бы не назвал Morphine "средненькой альтернативкой". Отличная группа, и плевать, что все альбомы похожи один на другой.

    12 Jun 10:41am Reply
  • odd_trip

    honest, I swear

    12 Jun 7:57am Reply
  • Diaphanist

    miss you Mark

    1 Jun 5:41am Reply
  • penetralia1

    really nice band and really good music

    31 May 5:56pm Reply

    This is perfection in its purest form.

    27 Apr 7:58pm Reply
  • ButSheDontCare

    this band is so fucking good

    24 Apr 4:13am Reply
  • lukliketramp

    Возбуждают. [2]

    12 Apr 6:59pm Reply
  • VM93

    Can someone advise me on my home for some similar artists? I mean some sexy dark fucking cool jazz band ;)

    12 Apr 4:03pm Reply
  • roh30

    HaHaHaYoureDead задает вопрос слушатель попсы

    9 Apr 10:22pm Reply
  • Brikaraya


    31 Mar 2:24pm Reply
  • bbbiip

    Блин, такой интимности и умиротворенности душевной я вообще не слышала никогда.

    31 Mar 10:05am Reply
  • Andrew_Klinov

    затем чтобы были такие тупые вопросы

    27 Mar 6:41pm Reply
  • tu-tu-ru

    use morphine and listen morphine

    4 Mar 7:21pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    зачем так форсить средненькую альтернативку второго эшелона - это большой вопрос, конечно.

    3 Mar 11:45am Reply
  • snorphan


    3 Mar 10:52am Reply
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