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Most recent release, Catholic (2011)
Gavin Friday's site
Bono of U2.
Own material, covers include 'Next' by Jacques Brel, 'Death is not the End' by Bob Dylan, 'Slider' by T. Rex and 'Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves' by Oscar Wilde
Gavin Friday is an interesting character musically. He has an intensely sexy voice, deep and smoky, and he knows how to use it. His incredible range is what drew me in, from electronica-ish music to just him and the piano, and his ability to do all of it so well. He's about ten years ahead of his time, bands are just now getting around to doing what his former band, the Virgin Prunes, were doing decades ago. (email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
Shag Tobacco (easiest to find)
limited (dropped from label)
Recommended for fans only
A little more difficult to get into than his other two albums. Contains more covers, like of Oscar Wilde, Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan. It's slightly more melancholic than his others, and it drags a tad. This is more like his work with the Virgin Prunes. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
limited (dropped from label)
Gavin Friday—vocals, windchimes
Flood, Hal Willner, Dave Bascombe
a very eclectic mix between songs, musically very complicated and well arranged. not his best as far as songwriting goes, but it's an upbeat album. Maria McKee sings backup on one song and duets with gavin on a second. (email@example.com)
1995—Island Records—CID 8036 524 126-2
Limited (dropped from label)
Gavin Friday—vocals, stronzophone
Bono and Edge of U2—backing vocals
Gavin's most cohesive album to date. It's an absolutely delight to listen to, a very strong record. I would recommend it to anyone, not just fans. This is also probably the best introduction to Gavin's music. This album seems to be what he was trying to accomplish with his others, but didn't quite accomplish. It also feels like the first album that wasn't an offshoot of the Virgin Prunes. This is more his own style instead of the Prunes. Absolutely a brilliant album. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gavin Friday has a mailing list, Heaven. To subscribe, write to email@example.com with subscribe heaven-l in the body of the message.
Thanks to Jessica Crispin for work on this entry.
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