You Say It's Your Birthday: Lloyd Cole

Former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera celebrates his birthday today.

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

in America.

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