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Sparklehorse are a rock music group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Mark Linkous is an American singer, songwriter and musian, best-known as the leader of Sparklehorse. ...

Essentially, Linkous is Sparklehorse (in much the same way that Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails). Linkous records much of Sparklehorse's material in his home studio, and his vision (primarily "one of haunted beauty", wrote Kevin Caulfield [1]) guides Sparklehorse. Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Scott Minor is a frequent collaborator. Trent Reznor, founder of Nine Inch Nails. ... Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN and typeset as NIИ) is a critically and commercially successful American band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988 by Trent Reznor. ...

Much of Sparklehorse's music has an introspective, melancholy feel, which Linkous credits to a chemical imbalance. His lyrics are full of odd imagery: Joe Tangari describes Linkous' songs as "defiantly surrealist ... with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies ... In fact, some of the lyrics are so surreal that it's hard to imagine they're even metaphors for anything."[2] Surrealism is an artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the subconscious. ... In language, a metaphor (from the Greek: metapherin) is a rhetorical trope defined as a direct comparison between two seemingly unrelated subjects. ...

Musically, Sparklehorse are not far removed from alt country, though there are as many differences as similarities between that genre and Sparklehorse: Linkous is fond of incorporating obsolete musical instruments or technologies (such as woozy mellotrons, scratchy, distorted wire recordings of his own voice, or cheap, tinny drum machines), in ways reminsicent of some of Tom Waits' music. Sparklehorse have offered a few full-throttle hard rock numbers, as well, such as "Some Day I Will Treat You Good" or "Happy Man". Alternative country can refer to several ideas. ... Mellotron MK II The Mellotron is an electromechanical polyphonic keyboard musical instrument originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. ... Wire recording is a type of analogue audio storage in which the recording is made onto thin steel or stainless steel wire. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949 in Pomona, California) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Hard rock is a form of rock and roll music which finds its closest roots in early 1960s garage rock. ...

Sparklehorse's first album was the confoundingly-titled Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot (1995). The record was a modest success, mainly on college radio. The supporting tour, however, found Linkous overdosing on valium and antidepressants. As a result, Linkous passed out in his London hotel room and remained unconscious with his legs pinned beneath him for almost fourteen hours. This caused a buildup of potassium which was released when he was moved, causing his heart to stop for two to three minutes. He was hospitalized for weeks afterwards (nearly losing both legs), enduring numerous painful surgeries. College radio (also known as university radio, campus radio or student radio) is a type of radio station that is run by the students of a college or university. ... Diazepam, brand names: Valium, Seduxen, in Europe Apozepam, is a 1,4-benzodiazepine derivative, which possesses anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, sedative and skeletal muscle relaxant properties. ... An antidepressant is a medication used primarily in the treatment of clinical depression. ... General Name, Symbol, Number potassium, K, 19 Chemical series alkali metals Group, Period, Block 1, 4, s Appearance silvery white Atomic mass 39. ...

Good Morning Spider (1999) was recorded following this incident, and with mournful songs such as "Painbirds", many critics have mistakenly conjectured that Linkous's near death experience inspired the somber, yet hopeful tone of the album. However, Linkous has stated that much of the material on GMS was written prior to 'the incident'. One song which did result from it is "St. Mary", which is dedicated to the nurses at the hospital of the same name where Linkous recuperated. A near-death experience (NDE) is the perception reported by a person who nearly died or who was clinically dead and revived. ...

2001 saw the release of It's A Wonderful Life and features appearances by Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Nina Persson and Dave Fridmann, the pre-eminent producer of indie music at the time. Whereas much of Vivadixie... and Spider were recorded solely by Linkous in his "Static King" studio on his farm in rural Virginia, Wonderful Life was more of a formal effort, largely recorded by Fridmann after Linkous was asked by his label to retain an outside producer for the project. Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949 in Pomona, California) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... PJ Harvey Polly Jean Harvey, born October 9, 1969 in Yeovil and raised in nearby Corscombe (Dorset), is a British singer and songwriter. ... Nina Persson Nina Persson   listen? (born September 6, 1974 in Jönköping, Sweden) is the lead singer of the Swedish pop group The Cardigans. ... Dave Fridmann is a musician and record producer. ...

Aside from his own music, Linkous has also become a sought-after record producer, and has helmed works such as Nina Persson's solo record, A Camp, and Daniel Johnston's Fear Yourself. Linkous has been one of the most ardent supporters of Johnston, an outsider artist who has had a long battle with mental illness. In 2004, Linkous curated and produced Discovered Covered: The Late Great Daniel Johnston, a tribute album to the still-living Johnston featuring acts such as Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Vic Chesnutt, Tom Waits and Bright Eyes. It also includes a collaboration between Sparklehorse and The Flaming Lips on the track "Go". In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Nina Persson Nina Persson   listen? (born September 6, 1974 in Jönköping, Sweden) is the lead singer of the Swedish pop group The Cardigans. ... Daniel Johnston (b. ... Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. ... Death Cab for Cutie is an American rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. ... Vic Chesnutt (born 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a singer-songwriter resident in Athens, Georgia. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949 in Pomona, California) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... The name Bright Eyes has multiple meanings The indie rock band. ... The Flaming Lips (formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983) are an idiosyncratic and acclaimed American alternative rock band. ...

Linkous has recently relocated his "Static King" studio to a remote mountaintop in North Carolina. Several years ago, he purchased a vintage recording console built by the near-mythical Daniel Flickenger. His fourth album has been delayed due to the necessity of overhauling the temperamental recording desk. Currently, Linkous is reportedly recording new material and collaborating with DJ Danger Mouse and B. Fleischmann , although no release date for a new album has yet been announced. Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... Danger Mouse Brian Burton, better known under his stage name Danger Mouse, is a producer and DJ who came to prominence in 2004 by remixing The Beatles White Album and rapper Jay-Zs Black Album to make The Grey Album. ...

In 2003, Sparklehorse opened some concerts for R.E.M. R.E.M. is an alternative rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in early 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and vocalist Michael Stipe. ...




  • Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot (May 1996, UK #58)
  • Good Morning Spider (Oct 1998, UK #30)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (June 2001, UK #49)

Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot is a 1995 album by Sparklehorse. ...

Singles & EPs

  • Chords I've Known EP (Apr 1995)
  • Spirit Ditch / Waiting for Nothing (1995)
  • Hammering the Cramps / Too Late (1995)
  • Someday I Will Treat You Good / Rainmaker (Feb 1996)
  • Someday I Will Treat You Good / London (Feb 1996, UK issue)
  • Hammering the Cramps / Spirit Dutch (Apr 1996)
  • Rainmaker / I Almost Lost My Mind (Aug 1996, UK #61)
  • Come On In / Blind Rabbit Choir (Feb 1998)
  • Painbirds / Maria's Little Elbows (July 1998)
  • Sick of Goodbyes / Good Morning Spider (session version) (Oct 1998, UK #57)
  • Distorted Ghost EP (July 2000)
  • Gold Day / Heloise / Devil's New / Maxine (July 2001)

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Sparklehorse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1110 words)
Sparklehorse is a rock music group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous.
Musically, Sparklehorse are not far removed from alt country in its broadest sense -- especially on the band's debut album.
Sparklehorse's first album was the confoundingly-titled Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot (1995).
SPACE CITY ROCK: Digging Out of the Heart of the Mountain -- Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous finally steps back into the ... (2151 words)
Linkous retreated back into the secluded corner of the country from which he'd come, and Sparklehorse seemed dead as a doornail, with a lot of fans (this writer included) wondering what had happened.
He was in a two-man band called House of Freaks, and he played on the first Sparklehorse album and then on the second album.
So I just started talking to him, and he was a big Sparklehorse fan, so he just came to my studio, and we had a good time, spat out some stuff.
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