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The Machines is an industrial/post-punk band from Tucson, Arizona. Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock...


They formed in 1989 as Machines of Loving Grace (named for a Richard Brautigan poem). The original lineup consisted of Scott Benzel (vocals), Stuart Kupers (guitar and bass), and Mike Fisher (keyboards), with Brad Kemp (drums) added shortly thereafter. They recorded a demo and were picked up by Mammoth Records in 1991. The band was unable to rerecord their material for their eponymous debut album, as the label released their demo as it was recorded. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Trout Fishing in America, 1974 paperback edition. ... Scott Benzel (born in Tucson, Arizona) is an American songwriter, singer and producer whose projects have included Machines of Loving Grace (of which he was frontman and primary songwriter), and Destroy All Monsters, the band led by American artist Mike Kelley. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case The electric bass guitar (also called The electric bass or simply The bass) is an electrically amplified fingered (or plucked) string instrument. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Founded in 1989 in Carborro, NC, Mammoth Records was one of the premiere independent record labels of the 1990s. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Two years later, the band released Concentration. It continued their signature sound, but was more refined in the combination of beat- and bass-heavy riffs, with hard edged guitar. With the release of two videos, the band was able to get national-level MTV airplay, and join in the industrial rock wave that was ushered in by Nine Inch Nails. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Machines of Loving Grace. ... MTV (Music Television) is a cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... NIN redirects here. ...


1994 saw a new song by the band, "Golgotha Tenement Blues" featured on the soundtrack to The Crow. The soundtrack to the movie The Crow was released in 1994. ...


In 1995, Machines of Loving Grace released their third album, Gilt. This record was marked by an increased guitar presence. New bandmembers included David Suycott (drums), Ray Riendeau (bass) and Tom Coffen (guitar). A song, "Richest Junkie Still Alive," was included on the soundtrack to Hackers. Gilt is a music album by artists Machines of Loving Grace which was released in 1995. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case The electric bass guitar (also called The electric bass or simply The bass) is an electrically amplified fingered (or plucked) string instrument. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Hackers is a 1995 film that follows the misfortunes of the young hackers Dade Murphy (Crash Override/Zero Cool, played by Jonny Lee Miller), Kate Libby (Acid Burn, played by Angelina Jolie) and their friends. ...


As of 1997, the band was working on a new record, but before it was completed the band broke up. This was precipitated by trouble at the label, and Benzel's desire to work on other projects, among other reasons. Later on, Benzel reformed the band under a new name, The Machines, but other personnel are unknown.[citation needed] A new album was to be called Love Scenes at the Slave Market, but after a fruitless search for a label, the project was abandoned. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


As of 2006, Benzel is involved with an electronic band, called Soulo. Mike Fisher is currently with Amish Rake Fight.

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Scott Benzel (born in Tucson, Arizona) is an American songwriter, singer and producer whose projects have included Machines of Loving Grace (of which he was frontman and primary songwriter), and Destroy All Monsters, the band led by American artist Mike Kelley. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case The electric bass guitar (also called The electric bass or simply The bass) is an electrically amplified fingered (or plucked) string instrument. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ...

Discography

Albums

Machines of Loving Grace is a music album by artists Machines of Loving Grace which was released in 1991. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Machines of Loving Grace. ... Gilt is a music album by artists Machines of Loving Grace which was released in 1995. ...

Singles

  • From Machines of Loving Grace
    • "X-Insurrection"
    • "Rite of Shiva"
    • "Burn Like Brilliant Trash"
  • From Concentration
    • "Perfect Tan (Bikini Atoll)"
    • "Butterfly Wings"
    • "If I Should Explode? (Into Gasping Mary)"
  • From Gilt
    • "Richest Junkie Still Alive" (Hackers Soundtrack)
    • "Suicide King"

The soundtrack to the movie The Crow was released in 1994. ...

Music videos

  • "X-Insurrection"
    • Directed by Kevin Borque
  • "Butterfly Wings"
    • Directed by Julie Hermelin

Butterfly Wings Video - You Tube

  • "Perfect Tan (Bikini Atoll)"
    • Directed by Julie Hermelin
  • "Golgotha Tenement Blues"

Golgotha Tenement Blues Video - You Tube

  • "Richest Junkie Still Alive"
    • Directed by John Reece

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