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Morphine was an group formed by,, and in, in 1989. After five successful albums and extensive touring, they disbanded in 1999 after Sandman died of a. Founding members have reformed into the band, maintaining much of the original style and sound.
Morphine combined and elements with more traditional arrangements, giving the band an unusual sound. Sandman sang distinctively in a "deep, laid-back ", and his songwriting featured a prominent influence. The band themselves coined the label "low rock" to describe their music, which involved "a minimalist, low-end sound that could have easily become a gimmick: a "" not built around the sound of an. Instead, Morphine expanded its offbeat vocabulary on each album."
The band enjoyed positive critical appraisal, but met with mixed results commercially. In the United States the band was embraced and promoted by the community, including and radio stations and 's , which the band once guest-hosted, but received little support from commercial rock radio and other music television programs. This limited their mainstream exposure and support in their home country, while internationally they enjoyed high-profile success, especially in,, and.
Formation, independent years (1989–1996)
Morphine was formed in 1989 by bassist and vocalist Mark Sandman, a member of the bluesy alternative rock band, saxophonist Dana Colley, a former member of the local Boston group Three Colors, and drummer Jerome Deupree, who had played with Sandman in the Hypnosonics. Sandman, a prolific musician who frequently experimented with home-made instruments, played a single-stringed bass guitar of his own devising with a, although he later added a second string. Deupree briefly left the group for health reasons in 1991 and was temporarily replaced by Treat Her Right drummer Billy Conway. These years found the group building a strong local audience and touring occasionally.
With Deupree returning, they recorded their debut album, , for the Boston-based Accurate/Distortion label in 1991. The album received positive reviews and increased the band's audience. The band subsequently signed to, who re-released Good under its own imprint.
, 1993's followup, increased the band's audience outside of, and singles like "Thursday" and "Buena" picked up some college radio play. During the recording of Cure for Pain, Deupree was again replaced by Conway, although Deupree still played most of the percussion work on the album. After the album was completed, the band toured the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.
In 1994, the songs "Sheila" and "In Spite of Me" were prominently featured on the soundtrack of the film . The band returned to the studio in 1995 and produced . The album featured the single "Honey White," the music video for which appeared on the animated series .
DreamWorks Records years (1997–1999)
After two years of touring, Morphine signed with, who released their major label debut, , in 1997. It was a critical success, but did not break the band into the domestic mainstream as had been hoped. DreamWorks released a music video for the single "Early to Bed"; directed by and released in March 1997, the nightmarish yet humorous video became an instant favorite among fans and was later nominated for a. The band also released , a collection of B-sides and live recordings, on Rykodisc this strom und gaskosten singlehaushalt same year.
In the following time, Deupree once again began performing live and in the studio with the band, making the group a four-piece. The band's final studio album, , was completed in early 1999.
On July 3, 1999, Sandman collapsed on the stage of the festival at the Giardini del Principe in,, outside of. He was soon pronounced dead of a heart attack and Morphine immediately disbanded. The Night was released in 2000. Posthumous Morphine releases followed shortly thereafter, including , an "official live bootleg", and , both on Rykodisc.
Posthumous projects (1999–present)
Within a year of Sandman's death, Colley and Conway created Orchestra Morphine, a group of Sandman's friends and colleagues who toured to celebrate the music of the band and to raise funds for the Mark Sandman Music Education Fund. Orchestra Morphine mostly performed music from The Night, but also included some other Morphine and Hypnosonics material as well. Orchestra Morphine still performs occasionally but no longer tours. Singer and guitarist Laurie Sargent, a member of Orchestra Morphine and former vocalist for the band, later joined Colley and Conway in their first post-Morphine musical endeavor,.
Conway and Colley also officially formed the and studio, converting Sandman's workspace into a commercial enterprise. The label's roster includes a number of their friends, colleagues and other Boston-area musicians. In 2004, Hi-n-Dry released the Mark Sandman box set Sandbox, which contained two CDs and a DVD of previously unreleased material spanning Sandman's musical career. The DVD featured clips from early Sandman shows, interviews from the Morphine tours, and various videos from other Sandman solo and group projects, such as Treat Her Right. However, for copyright reasons the box set did not contain any previously released material found in the Morphine catalog, Morphine videos, or promotional material produced by Rykodisc or DreamWorks Records.
Deupree continued to record with various jazz musicians and later became a member of the group Bourbon Princess. Colley formed the band A.K.A.C.O.D. with Monique Ortiz, the former leader of Bourbon Princess, in 2006. Their debut album Happiness was released in early 2008 and supported by a tour, featuring set lists fortified with Morphine material.
In 2009, Colley and Deupree began regularly performing Morphine songs and new material as Members of Morphine (alternately, the Ever-Expanding Elastic Waste Band), with singer, bassist and guitarist of. In July 2009, the group played at Nel Nome Del Rock Festival in Palestrina, Italy, marking the ten-year anniversary of Sandman's death at the location in which it occurred. As of 2014, the group was renamed and regularly performs in Boston and New Orleans, and holds a standing weekly gig at Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 2009, released the two-disc set At Your Service, composed of unreleased Morphine material.
As of 1999 Morphine has sold over 807,000 records in United States according to.
- – 2-string slide bass, vocals, organ, tritar (3-string slide guitar), guitar, piano (1989–1999, died 1999)
- – baritone sax, tenor sax, double sax, triangle (1989–1999)
- – drums, percussion (1989–1991, 1991–1993, 1998–1999)
- Billy Conway – drums, percussion (1991, 1993–1999)
Morphine's instrumentation was unusual for a rock band: Sandman's primary instrument was a two-string (with the strings usually tuned to a 5th or octave interval) played with a slide; however, on the group's records he added touches of,,, and other self-invented guitar instruments such as the tritar, featuring two guitar strings and one bass string. Colley played primarily, along with soprano or tenor saxes, and the rare, and he sometimes played two saxes at once, a la ; he also played occasional, and on a.
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