Today is the birthday of Lloyd Cole, who was born in 1961
in Buxton, England. Cole nas enjoyed a quiet career with his unique breed of
intellient love songs, laced with English wit and lush metaphors. Cole was
attending the University of Glasgow, studying philosophy, when he met
keyboardist Blair Cowan and guitarist Neil Clark and formed a band with them
called the Commotions.
The group went through a number of lineup
rearrangements, but Cole remained their chief songwriter as they released
albums like Rattlesnakes and Easy Pieces. The Commotions broke up
in 1988 following their Mainstream tour, opting for a solo career.
Cole's solo debut release featured Matthew Sweet on bass guitar and fared
well. The followup, Don't Get Weird On Me, was structured with equal
parts rock songs and string-filled albums. But neither his work with the
Commotions, or in solo projects, earned much in the way of commercial success
Cole was dropped by his label, Capitol, and released his 1993
record Bad Vibes on England's Fontana label. However, Rykodisc issued
the album in the U.S. one year later.
Other birthdays: Chuck Willis, The
late Terry Kath (Chicago), Harry Wayne Casey (K.C & The Sunshine Band), Phil
Manzanera (Roxy Music), John Lydon (Public Image Limited/Sex Pistols), Alan
Jaworsky (Jesus Jones). -- Beth Winegarner