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Mark Lanegan

Mark Lanegan's musical ventures took him through Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Queens Of The Stone Age and a solo career.

When he hooked up with the Conner Brothers, guitarist Gary Lee and bassist Van, Lanegan actually 'failed up'. "I was such a shitty drummer that they made me sing," stated Lanegan.

Instead of getting bounced he vaulted from behind the kit to smack in front of the audience. Mark Pickerel was added on drums but was eventually replaced by Barrett Martin, who made his debut on the group's '92 breakthrough album "Sweet Oblivion."

Lanegan launched his solo career in '90 with "The Winding Street," well before Screaming Trees ended their sixteen year run ('84-'00). His sophomore set "Whiskey For The Holy Ghost," came out a year before Lanegan contributed to Mad Season's '95 album "Above."

The group included Alice In Chains' Lane Staley, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, bassist John Saunders, Lanegan and Martin. With Staley's health worsening due to severe drug addiction, there was talk that Lanegan would take over as the sole vocalist but Saunders' death, due a heroin overdose, sealed the band's fate.

Lanegan released two more solo albums while still in Screaming Trees, "Scraps At Midnight ('98) and "I'll Take Care Of You" ('99), a covers set that embraced an eclectic spectrum (Folk, Country, R&B and Punk).

The dissolution of Screaming Trees, led Lanegan to Queens Of The Stone Age and he contributed to - "Rated R" ('00), "Songs For The Deaf"('02), "Lullabies To Paralyze" ('05), "Era Vulgaris" ('07) and "...Like Clockwork ('13), where he co-wrote "Fairweather Friends" with QOTSA and contributed backing vocals to "If I Had A Tail."

While working with QOTSA, Lanegan kept building his solo career with "Field Songs" ('01) and "Bubblegum" ('04). The former featured GN'R's one-time bassist Duff McKagen and Soungarden bassist Ben Sheppard. Shortly after the album's release Lanegan became a full-time member of QOTSA.

"Bubblegum" had QOTSA frontman Josh Homme and bassist Nick Oliveri along with McKagan and fellow GN'R alum, guitarist Izzy Stradlin. Critics liked the album which turned out to be Lanegan's most commercially successful to date. It peaked at #39 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart.

Next, Lanegan undertook a musical partnership with Isobel Campbell, a Scottish singer, songwriter, cellist and composer with indie pop band Belle & Sebastian. Three albums resulted - "Ballad Of The Broken Seas" ('06), "Sunday At Devil Dirt ('08) and "Hawk" ('10)

'12's "Blues Funeral," Lanegan's first solo album in eight years, was produced by Alain Johannes (Jimmy Eat World, Brody Dalle - The Distillers). There were performances by Afgan Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli, who Lanegan had worked with since '03, and drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam).

"Imitations," a '13 release, was another covers album with some very old school songs originally recorded by Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Andy Williams and Bobby Darin, as well as more contemporary tracks.

Phantom Radio, Lanegan's ninth solo effort dropped a year later.

Mark Lanegan Discography


1990 The Winding Sheet
1994 Whiskey For The Holy Ghost
1998 Scraps At Midnight
1999 I'll Take Care Of You
2001 Field Songs
2004 Bubblegum
2012 Blues Funeral
2013 Imitations
2014 Phantom Radio

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