About Lloyd Cole - From Rattlesnakes To Guesswork 2019 Tour
Lloyd Cole is an English singer and songwriter, known for his role as lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions from 1984 to 1989, and for his subsequent solo work.
Cole was born in Buxton, Derbyshire, England. He grew up in nearby Chapel-en-le-Frith and went to New Mills Grammar School and later attended Runshaw College in Leyland. He studied a year of law at University College London but switched to the University of Glasgow, where he studied philosophy and English, and also met the future members of The Commotions.
The Commotions' 1984 debut, Rattlesnakes, contained literary and pop culture references to such figures as Arthur Lee, Norman Mailer, Grace Kelly, Eva Marie Saint, Simone de Beauvoir, Truman Capote and Joan Didion. The group produced two more albums, Easy Pieces and Mainstream, before disbanding in 1989, when Cole relocated to New York City and recorded with various artists, including Fred Maher, Robert Quine and Matthew Sweet.
This solo setting produced two albums, Lloyd Cole in 1990 and Don't Get Weird on Me Babe in 1991. The latter was recorded in two parts: one side continued the New York rock of his first solo album, while the other side featured a session orchestra, much in the style of Burt Bacharach or Scott Walker. Although some reviewers have claimed Don't Get Weird on Me Babe to be a creative peak, it produced significantly fewer record sales. While he remained with Polydor as his record label, the US distribution contract with Capitol Records ended.
His song "Downtown" was featured in the movie Bad Influence - starring Rob Lowe and James Spader - while "Pay For It" soundtracked When The Party's Over, starring Sandra Bullock.
Cole continued redefining his sound with Bad Vibes , a collaboration with producer/remixer Adam Peters, using a harder sound. Love Story established stripped-down, largely acoustic sound landscapes with the help of Stephen Street and former Commotion Neil Clark; the album produced a minor hit with the song "Like Lovers Do", affording Cole a mid-90s appearance on Top of the Pops. The album's song Let's Get Lost would later be used in the movie Danny Deckchair . However, following a massive purge of the artist roster that came with Universal Music's takeover of PolyGram and Cole's disappointment with the label, his contract was terminated, despite at least two full-length recordings being locked in its vaults .
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