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The Tear Garden


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Canada (1985 – present)

The Tear Garden was formed by Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots and cEVIN Key of Skinny Puppy in 1985, after Key served as a sound engineer on tour in Canada for Ka-Spel. Various other “guests” from Skinny Puppy and the Pink Dots appear on future albums The band released EPs in 1985 and 1986, combined on 1987’s full length, Tired Eyes Slowly Burning. Their debut was their most and mixed together the , , and sounds each band was known for. Later albums veer more into the style of the Pink Dots. Their most recent release from 2002, Eye Spy With My Little Eye, is a collection of out-takes from the mid-80s period.

An excerpt from a Nettwerk Records press release, July 1996:
The roots of The Tear Garden extend back to 1983 when Cevin Key, on the verge of forming Skinny Puppy, struck up a trans-Atlantic correspondence with Edward Ka-Spel, the lead vocalist and driving force behind The Legendary Pink Dots. Three years later, Ka-Spel visited Vancouver for a series of three live performances with Key as sound technician, and during his visit, they recorded The Tear Garden’s self-titled debut EP.
In 1987, Ka-Spel returned to open for Skinny Puppy on their North American tour, after which the duo retreated to the studio for two weeks to produce the now classic electronic-psychedelic album, Tired Eyes Slowly Burning. It was during these sessions that the project’s ranks began to expand, with guest appearances by Key’s fellow Puppies Dwayne Goettel and Nivek Ogre.


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  • esheader

    The greatest band

    15 Mar 6:32am Reply
  • cadavreflex

    Ascension Day = Sanctuary

    25 Jan 4:28am Reply
  • bEATWEAKer

    The soundtrack of life, in a nutshell.

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • aimpie

    Pour des personnes qui aiment cette chanson. Seulement des personnes entre 26 et 52 ans. j'ai 38 ans , je suis un homme. j'aime cette chanson depuis longtemps. the tear of garden cyberspider

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • AMDA

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • cadavreflex

    the made in china album was ushered away in shame because my wally cover (régarde) proved itself to be 10,000x more glorious. this album cover here received wondrous herald as well.

    4 Aug 2012 Reply
  • bloomindaedalus

    awesome photo!

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • cadavreflex

    Hola Poonhat (◡‿◡❀) i'm right with you - immelodious album covers are the pits!

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • PoonHat

    I don't give two shits what their album cover looks like as long as it sounds good.

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • DeeVanStorm

    Just you and me and rainbows... <3

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Spinnbar

    it grows and grows and grows, through all moods passed my way.

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • SoulShock

    It's cEvin's/Subconcious' thing as far as the album covers right now. Download, Plateau and now the new Tear Garden all have comic book/old sci-fi movie poster styled covers.

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • murderror

    for a group that eschews convention in everyway, i think it's about time they had a purposely bad cover myself. they should write songs encouraging you to become mormons. they should release a blank cd too. fuck what's expected

    26 Nov 2010 Reply
  • xn0153x

    what is up with their new album cover? it's terrible!

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • t__k

    i agree with clockey...begin at the beginning

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • prime1128

    Why isn't Lament on the the top tracks?!

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • clockey

    @fokkinell, 'tired eyes slowly burning' was my first.. and all time fave.. tear garden record. imho, start there. "you and me and rainbows" is worth the price of admission alone.

    2 Mar 2010 Reply
  • LoadSaveDelete

    "Have a nice trip" is soooo trippy...

    4 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Jon-Lucas

    u see, one divided by one... it's one

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • fokkinell

    I've tried to avoid Tear Garden for a long time, because it sounds so depressing, but I can't anymore - they're just too fantastic. Any suggestions for an album to start with?

    2 Jan 2010 Reply
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