Mark Linkous (Virginia, USA) made an innocuous start to his music career, recording two albums in the mid-80s with the US indie rock band the Dancing Hoods. He first came to record under the band identity of Sparklehorse thanks to the munificence of David Lowery, who left his eight-track recording equipment at Linkous Richmond, Virginia, USA home for two years while his band, Cracker, went on tour. Linkous recorded many of the instrumental parts for his 1995 debut album himself, with occasional assistance from local musicians including multi-instrumentalist David Charles. The powerful single Someday I Will Treat You Good attracted media interest, although many of Linkous songs were more reflective and country-influenced, bearing comparison to the quieter moments of Pavement, Sebadoh and early Neil Young.
Sparklehorses brand of neo-Gothic acoustic alienation began to impress critics in the UK and it was after a...
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