Morphine

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Morphine was an American alternative rock group formed by Mark Sandman, Dana Colley, and Jerome Deupree in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1989. After five successful albums and extensive touring, they disbanded in 1999 after frontman Sandman died of a heart attack.

Morphine combined blues and jazz elements with more traditional rock arrangements, giving the band an unusual sound. Sandman sang distinctively in a "deep, laid-back croon", and his songwriting featured a prominent beat influence. The band themselves coined the label "low rock" to describe their music, which involved "a minimalist, low-end sound that could have easily become a gimmick: a 'power trio' not built around the sound of an electric guitar. Instead, with sly intelligence, Morphine expanded its offbeat vocabulary on each album."

The band enjoyed positive critical appraisal, but met with mixed results commercially. In the United States the band was embraced and promoted by the indie rock community, including public and college radio stations and MTV's 120 Minutes, which the band once guest-hosted, but received little support from commercial rock radio and other music television programs. This limited their mainstream exposure and support in their home country, while internationally they enjoyed high-profile success, especially in Belgium, Portugal, France and Australia.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Good 5 3
1993 Cure for Pain 5 4
1995 Yes 5 2
1997 Like Swimming 5 3
2000 The Night 5 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 B-Sides and Otherwise 3
2003 The Best of Morphine 1992 - 1995 2
2009 At Your Service 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2000 Bootleg Detroit 5 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Cure for Pain 2
1994 Thursday 1
1995 Honey White 2
1995 Super Sex 2
1997 Early to Bed 1
Buena 1
Come in Houston 1

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