27 January 1944, Derby, England, d. 2 December 2004, Nuremberg, Germany. A former art student, social therapist and drugs counsellor, Coyne also pursued a singing career in local pubs and folk clubs. His fortunes flourished on moving to London in 1968 where he joined Siren, an act later signed to disc jockey John Peels Dandelion Records label. Coyne left the band in 1972, and having completed the promising Case History, switched outlets to Virgin Records the following year. Marjory Razor Blade emphasized his idiosyncratic talent in which the artists guttural delivery highlighted his lyrically raw compositions. Taking inspiration from country blues, Coyne successfully constructed a set of invective power and his obstinate quest for self-effacement was confirmed on 1974s Blame It On The Night. Although showing a greater sophistication, this enthralling set was equally purposeful and introduced a period marked by punishing concert schedules. Coyne...
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