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Tindersticks (1991)

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Tindersticks are an Indie rock band from Nottingham, England that formed in 1991. They released six albums before singer Stuart A. Staples took on a solo career. The band reunited briefly in 2006, but more permanently the following year. The band have recorded several film soundtracks.


Staples, Boulter, Fraser, Macauley and Hinchliffe, all former members of Asphalt Ribbons, formed the band in 1991. The final line-up for the Old Horse mini-LP was: Stuart Staples Dave Boulter Neil Fraser Dickon Hinchliffe Al Macauley John Thompson . Mark Colwill was recruited when Thompson left the Asphalt Ribbons, but it is not known if he played any gigs under the Asphalt Ribbons name. They then changed their name to Tindersticks after Staples discovered a box of German matches on a Greek beach.

Tindersticks started recording demo tapes in 1992, and formed their own label Tippy Toe Records to release their first single, "Patchwork", in the same year.

Their self-titled first and second albums established their signature sound and received widespread critical acclaim. Their live performances, often augmented by large string sections and even, on occasion, a full orchestra, were well received. The live album Bloomsbury Theatre 12.3.95 is a recording of one such concert. By the time of the third album, Curtains, however, it was clear that a change of direction was called for. The lengthy "Ballad of Tindersticks" was a weary swipe at the pressures of being a touring band.

The fourth album, Simple Pleasure, lived up to its title with a series of snappy, direct songs influenced by soul music. The female backing vocals on several tracks, and the respectful cover of Odyssey's "If You're Looking for a Way Out", signalled the band's wish to move towards lighter, more soulful material. However, the inner sleeve's documentation of the number of takes each track went through was evidence that the band continued to adopt a painstaking approach to recording.

The fifth album, Can Our Love, continued the band's soulful direction, in particular evidence on the tender "Sweet Release" and in the nod to The Chi-Lites in the title of "Chilitetime".

The sixth album, Waiting for the Moon, was more stripped down and introspective in nature, particularly on the harrowing "4.48 Psychosis" and "Sometimes It Hurts". Only the bouncy "Just a Dog" lightened the otherwise melancholy mood of the album.

In 2005 Staples embarked on a solo career and there was resultant speculation that the band had split. Staples has so far produced two solo albums, Lucky Dog Recordings 03-04 and Leaving Songs. The title of the second album, and Staples' notes on it, indicated that change was in the air: "These are songs written on the verge of leaving the things I loved and stepping into a new unknown life, both musically and personally. I was always aware that these songs were the end of something, a kind of closing a circle of a way of writing that I started so long ago and I knew I had to move on from."

In September 2006, the band played a one-off concert at London's Barbican Centre, performing their second album in full with a nine-member string section and two brass players, including former collaborator Terry Edwards on trumpet.

Staples later acknowledged that this show, while being a happy triumph, was also "tinged with sadness of the knowledge that the six of us had made all the new music we were going to make together." However, it also rekindled his determination to make a new album.

In 2007, a stripped-down line-up of three of the original band, Staples, Boulter and Fraser, spent time writing and recording in a newly-equipped studio in Limousin, France. They were joined by Thomas Belhom on drums and Dan McKinna on bass, with Ian Caple engineering. The resulting album, The Hungry Saw, was released on Beggars Banquet in April 2008. Tindersticks played a number of other European dates during the summer festival season and also announced a winter 2008 European tour.

In 2010, the eighth album Falling Down a Mountain was released on 4AD / Constellation Records with a changed band line-up, with Earl Harvin replacing Belhom on drums and David Kitt, a solo artist in his own right, joining the band on guitar and vocals.

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Name Duration Released
Hubbards Hills 03:04 2010
She Rode Me Down 03:18 2010
Peanuts 04:37 2010
Harmony Around My Table 05:06 2010
Keep You Beautiful 03:23 2010
Falling Down A Mountain 06:33 2010
Factory Girls 05:55 2010
No Place So Alone 03:12 2010
Black Smoke 03:43 2010
Introduction 03:32 2008
Mother Dear 04:19 2008
The Hungry Saw 03:46 2008
The Organist Entertains 02:33 2008
The Other Side of the World 04:12 2008
E-Type 02:54 2008
Come Feel the Sun 02:28 2008
The Flicker of a Little Girl 03:30 2008
All the Love 04:53 2008
Yesterdays Tomorrows 03:49 2008
Boobar Come Back to Me 03:58 2008
Trying to Find a Home 05:44 2003
Waiting for the Moon 02:51 2003
Running Wild 00:00 2003
4.48 Psychosis 05:13 2003
My Autumn’s Done Come 00:00 2003
Sweet Memory 04:29 2003
Say Goodbye to the City 04:30 2003
Until the Morning Comes 03:34 2003
Just a Dog 03:28 2003
My Oblivion 07:00 2003
Sometimes It Hurts 04:39 2003
Can Our Love... 05:57 2001
Maid Theme 1 00:00 2001
Trouble Every Day 00:00 2001
Tricklin' 02:15 2001
Houses 00:00 2001
Closing Titles 00:00 2001
People Keep Comin' Around 07:11 2001
Dream 00:00 2001
Coré on Stairs/Love Theme 00:00 2001
Dying Slowly 04:36 2001
Opening Titles 00:00 2001
Taxi to Coré 00:00 2001
Chilitetime 07:34 2001
Killing Theme 00:00 2001
No Man in the World 06:06 2001
Notre Dame 00:00 2001
Don't Ever Get Tired 03:07 2001
Computer 00:00 2001
Sweet Release 08:55 2001
Room 321 00:00 2001
If She's Torn 05:43 1999
From the Inside 02:54 1999
Pretty Words 03:18 1999
If You're Looking for a Way Out 05:06 1999
Can We Start Again? 03:51 1999
CF GF 06:10 1999
I Know That Loving 05:48 1999
This Heart of Mine 04:23 1999
Before You Close Your Eyes 06:15 1999
A Marriage Made In Heaven 00:00 1998
Plus De Liaisons 00:00 1998
I've Been Loving You Too Long 00:00 1998
Don't Look Down 04:18 1997
Bearsuit 02:11 1997
Rented Rooms 05:12 1997
Buried Bones 04:03 1997
Another Night In 05:11 1997
Desperate Man 03:21 1997
Let's Pretend 03:21 1997
Walking 05:25 1997
Dancing 02:56 1997
Bathtime 04:03 1997
Ballad of Tindersticks 07:37 1997
I Was Your Man 03:39 1997
Fast One 01:52 1997
Are You Trying to Fall in Love Again 03:07 1997
Dick's Slow Song 04:09 1997
Ma sœur 02:48 1996
Les cannes à pêche 02:49 1996
Petites gouttes d’eau 05:25 1996
Nosfératu 01:11 1996
Petites chiennes 01:59 1996
Rumba 06:52 1996
Nénette est là 01:32 1996
Les fleurs 01:06 1996
Camions 02:50 1996
Les bébés 01:31 1996
Les gâteaux 01:00 1996
Nénette s’en va 02:19 1996
La passerelle 04:17 1996
La mort de Félix 01:31 1996
Talk to Me 05:00 1995
Vertrauen II 03:19 1995
Sleepy Song 04:37 1995
Seaweed 05:14 1995
Mistakes 05:44 1995
Snowy in F♯ Minor 02:28 1995
She's Gone 03:29 1995
Tiny Tears 05:45 1995
Cherry Blossoms 04:19 1995
My Sister 08:11 1995
Travelling Light 04:51 1995
A Night In 06:25 1995
Singing 00:57 1995
El Diablo en El Ojo 03:32 1995
No More Affairs 03:49 1995
For Those... 00:00 1994
Kathleen 00:00 1994
Whiskey and Water 05:51 11/1993
Piano Song 02:40 11/1993
Fruitless 00:00 11/1993
Sweet, Sweet Man Pt. 1 00:41 11/1993
Jism 06:03 11/1993
The Not Knowing 04:58 11/1993
Tyed 04:11 11/1993
Milky Teeth 02:52 11/1993
Paco de Renaldo's Dream 04:22 11/1993
Nectar 02:40 11/1993
The Walt Blues 01:08 11/1993
Drunk Tank 04:44 11/1993
Marbles 04:30 11/1993
Tea Stain 02:07 11/1993
Patchwork 04:40 11/1993
Her 03:29 11/1993
City Sickness 04:00 11/1993
Raindrops 06:15 11/1993
Blood 04:52 11/1993
Tie-Dye 04:00 11/1993




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