DAY 11!: MORPHINE - CURE FOR PAIN

If anyone ever told me that a band made up using the following instrumentation would be just about the coolest thing EVER, I would have laughed and made a note to never listen to that person again. WITNESS:

  • Mark Sandman - 2-string slide bass, vocals, organ, tritar (3-string slide guitar), guitar, piano (1989-1999)
  • Dana Colley - baritone sax, tenor sax, double sax, triangle (1989-1999)
  • Billy Conway - various percussion (1993-1999)
  • Jerome Deupree - various percussion (1989-1993, 1998-1999


2 string bass? Saxaphone? No guitar? Too weird to even bother with it, right? WRONG! Armed with the bare minimum of instruments Morphine relied instead on Sandman's ridiculously cool voice, great stories and the overall feeling of noir that each and every song is steeped in to produce what is likely some of the coolest, best rock music ever made. "Cure for Pain" was their second album and the first time they really got commercial appeal but the fact that anyone could ignore this album for a second is unbelievable. It's one thing to make an album that doesn't have one bad song on it, but quite another to make an album where each and every song is so good that you could put it on repeat and just listen to THAT ONE TRACK for 45 minutes. And I'm leaving out the title track, which is easily one of the top 10 songs written in the history of rock.

Where is the ritual
And tell me where where is the taste
Where is the sacrifice
And tell me where where is the faith
Someday there'll be a cure for pain
That's the day I throw my drugs away
When they find a cure for pain
Where is the cave
Where the wise woman went
And tell me where
Where's all that money that I spent
I propose a toast to my self control
You see it crawling helpless on the floor
Someday there'll be a cure for pain
That's the day I throw my drugs away
When they find a cure for pain (x2)
When they find a cure find a cure for pain


That is PURE AWESOME up above there, even with out the music. If you haven't heard this album DOWNLOAD IT RIGHT THE F@#@ NOW and if you have you already know. 


Next up: Your little hoodrat friend finds out how a resurrection really feels