September 23 [10:00 EDT] -- Fresh from a stint on this summer's H.O.R.D.E. tour, Morphine returns to record stores this week with a rarities collection called "B-Sides And Otherwise."
The release pulls together odds and ends from throughout the band's seven-year career, including cuts from the Japanese version of Morphine's third album "Yes" plus songs from the soundtracks to "Get Shorty" and "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead."
It's hard to believe it's been seven years since the band formed, especially for frontman Mark Sandman who remembers how the band carved out its dense, guitar-free sound.
"Dana (Colley, sax player) and I were just making music in my studio at my house one day," Sandman explained. "I was playing this one string bass and he was playing his baritone sax, and I started singing and we realized everything was in the same vocal range, musical range, baritone, [1MB QuickTime] so we just decided
to find a drummer and pick a name and book some shows at a little corner bar nearby. We survived that and the name stuck."
In addition to his work with Morphine, Sandman did the score for the film "Just Your Luck" which is just out on video, and stars Vince Vaughn of "Swingers" and "The Lost World."