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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Purveyors of quite startling, low-end alternative music, US trio Morphine were one of the few bands in the field not to employ guitars. The bass of vocalist Mark Sandman (24 September 1952, d. 3 July 1999, Palestrina, Italy) was a rudimentary affair, comprising two strings usually tuned to the same note, enabling him to produce a sound that doubled as a heavily distorted guitar and ordinary bass. The band was inaugurated by Sandman and Dana Colley (baritone saxophone) after the break-up of the former’s Treat Her Right (who recorded three albums between 1986 and 1991). The line-up was completed by Jerome Deupree (drums), who was subsequently replaced by former Treat Her Right drummer Billy Conway. After playing a few tentative gigs the trio released their debut album, which, probably because no one had heard anything quite like it before, won many admirers. Their local community honoured them when they picked up Indie Debut Album Of The Year at the Boston Music...

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