Neil Clark (Scottish guitarist, The Commotions)
Neil Clark (born 3 July 1958, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish guitarist, known for his work with Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. He has regularly worked and toured with Lloyd Cole post-Commotions including playing on and touring in support of Cole's 2006 album, Antidepressant. He also worked on Cole's albums, Bad Vibes, Love Story, Etc and Music In A Foreign Language. Clark was a member of Bloomsday with Stephen Irvine of the Commotions and Chris Thomson of The Bathers. Clark also features on the Bathers' 1993 album, Lagoon Blues and has collaborated with Canadian singer Mae Moore on her album Dragonfly. His guitar playing was featured on her most successful single from that album "Genuine", which reached #6 on the RPM "Top 100" singles chart in Canada. In 1995 and 1998 he worked on two albums with French singer Axelle Renoir.
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions' song "Rattlesnakes" has been covered by Tori Amos, and Sandie Shaw has recorded a version of "(Are You) Ready to Be Heartbroken?". Both songs are Clark co-writes.
In 2006, Scottish band Camera Obscura released the song "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken" as an answer song to the Commotions' 1984 hit "(Are You) Ready to Be Heartbroken?".
Neil Clark lives in Toronto, Canada and has released two solo albums, Sundogs in 2008 and Second Story Sunlight in 2010. Both albums mix minimalist and cinematic guitar styles with ambient electronica. He currently also plays and writes with Ambrose Pottie, (drums) and Alisdair Jones (bass) in post-jazz trio Sleepers.