Tindersticks

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English band formed in 1991 out of Asphalt Ribbons (formed in 1988) by Stuart A. Staples (vocals), David Boulter (organ & accordion), Neil Fraser (2) (guitar), Dickon Hinchliffe (guitar & strings) Al Macaulay (percussion & drums) and John Thompson (bass), who was replaced by Mark Colwill before their first recordings. They recorded six studio albums, two additional soundtrack albums, and many singles in the first stage of their career.

After a hiatus between 2004 and 2008, the band's line-up was reduced down to Staples, Boulter and Fraser, with a rhythm section of Earl Harvin (drums) and Dan McKinna (bass) (and intermittent appearances by Thomas Belhom and David Kitt). Their second act now eclipses their first line-up in terms of volume of output (if not commercial success).

Tindersticks were one of the most original and distinctive British acts of the '90s, standing apart from both the British indie scene and the rash of Brit-pop guitar combos that dominated the U.K. charts. Where their contemporaries were often direct and to the point, Tindersticks were obtuse and leisurely, crafting dense, difficult songs layered with literary lyrics, intertwining melodies, mumbling vocals, and gently melancholy orchestrations.

At the start of their career, the group filtered the dark romanticism of Leonard Cohen, Ian Curtis, and Scott Walker through the bizarre pop songcraft of Lee Hazlewood and the aesthetics of indie rock. Later recordings have been marked by the influence of soul music, and their excursions into instrumental soundtrack work (primarily working for director Claire Denis). Though their music was far from casual listening, Tindersticks gained a dedicated cult following in the mid-'90s, beginning with their eponymous 1993 debut album, and continue to release music to a dedicated fanbase.
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518 306 4 The First Tindersticks Album — Tindersticks Tindersticks The First Tindersticks Album (Album) This Way Up 518 306 4 Israel 1993 Sell This Version
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WAY 3299 Amsterdam February 94 — Tindersticks Tindersticks Amsterdam February 94 (Album) This Way Up WAY 3299 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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none The Bloomsbury Theatre 12.3.95 — Tindersticks Tindersticks The Bloomsbury Theatre 12.3.95 (Album) This Way Up none UK 1995 Sell This Version
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ATR33003 Tindersticks — Tindersticks Tindersticks Tindersticks (Album, Comp, EP) This Way Up, This Way Up ATR33003 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
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524 300-2 Nénette Et Boni — Tindersticks Tindersticks Nénette Et Boni (Album, Comp) This Way Up, Island Records 524 300-2 Israel 1996 Sell This Version
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524344-2 Curtains — Tindersticks Tindersticks Curtains (Album, Comp) This Way Up 524344-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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CID 8085, 546 372-2 Simple Pleasure — Tindersticks Tindersticks Simple Pleasure (Album, Comp) Island Records, Island Records CID 8085, 546 372-2 Israel 1999 Sell This Version
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EVERCD194 Trouble Every Day (Original Soundtrack) — Tindersticks Tindersticks Trouble Every Day (Original Soundtrack) (Album) Beggars Banquet EVERCD194 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
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NV 39111 Can Our Love... — Tindersticks Tindersticks Can Our Love... (Album) Beggars Banquet NV 39111 France 2001 Sell This Version
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Tippy 005 At The Botanique 9-12 May 2001 — Tindersticks Tindersticks At The Botanique 9-12 May 2001(CD, Album) Tippy Toe Tippy 005 UK 2001 Sell This Version
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bbqcd 232 Waiting For The Moon — Tindersticks Tindersticks Waiting For The Moon (Album) Beggars Banquet bbqcd 232 US 2003 Sell This Version
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Tippy 006 Coliseu Dos Recreios De Lisboa – October 30th 2001 — Tindersticks Tindersticks Coliseu Dos Recreios De Lisboa – October 30th 2001(CD, Album, Ltd) Tippy Toe Tippy 006 UK 2003 Sell This Version
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BBQCD 259 The Hungry Saw — Tindersticks Tindersticks The Hungry Saw (Album) Beggars Banquet BBQCD 259 Russia 2008 Sell This Version
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Lucky Dog 07 Live At Glasgow City Halls 5th October 2008 — Tindersticks Tindersticks Live At Glasgow City Halls 5th October 2008(CD, Album, Ltd) Lucky Dog (3) Lucky Dog 07 UK 2008 Sell This Version
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CAD 3X02 Falling Down A Mountain — Tindersticks Tindersticks Falling Down A Mountain (Album) 4AD CAD 3X02 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
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Lucky Dog 09 Live In London 2010 — Tindersticks Tindersticks Live In London 2010(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Gat) Lucky Dog (3) Lucky Dog 09 UK 2010 Sell This Version
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Lucky Dog 13 San Sebastian 2012 — Tindersticks Tindersticks San Sebastian 2012 (Album) Lucky Dog (3) Lucky Dog 13 UK 2012 Sell This Version
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LUCKY DOG 10, HN966CD The Something Rain — Tindersticks Tindersticks The Something Rain (Album, Comp) Lucky Dog (3), City Slang LUCKY DOG 10, HN966CD Taiwan 2012 Sell This Version
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HN1127CD, Lucky Dog 15 Across Six Leap Years — Tindersticks Tindersticks Across Six Leap Years (Album) Lucky Dog (3), City Slang HN1127CD, Lucky Dog 15 Taiwan 2013 Sell This Version
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LUCKY DOG 16 Les Salauds — Tindersticks Tindersticks Les Salauds (Album) Lucky Dog (3) LUCKY DOG 16 France 2013 Sell This Version
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Lucky Dog 17, Slang50071LP Ypres — Tindersticks Tindersticks Ypres (Album) Lucky Dog (3), City Slang Lucky Dog 17, Slang50071LP Europe 2014 Sell This Version
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LuckyDog 19 Philharmonie De Paris — Tindersticks Tindersticks Philharmonie De Paris (Album) Lucky Dog (3) LuckyDog 19 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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none The Waiting Room — Tindersticks Tindersticks The Waiting Room (Album) City Slang, Lucky Dog (3) none Europe 2015 Sell This Version
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Slang50125, Luckydog20 Minute Bodies - The Intimate World Of F. Percy Smith — Tindersticks Tindersticks With Thomas Belhom And Christine Ott Tindersticks With Thomas Belhom And Christine Ott - Minute Bodies - The Intimate World Of F. Percy Smith (Album) City Slang, Lucky Dog (3) Slang50125, Luckydog20 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
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Lucky Dog 24LP, Slang50236LP No Treasure But Hope — Tindersticks Tindersticks No Treasure But Hope (Album, Single) Lucky Dog (3), City Slang Lucky Dog 24LP, Slang50236LP Europe 2019 Sell This Version

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nyamcz

nyamcz

November 27, 2010
....is something between the passion of Nick Cave & the desperation of Leonard Cohen ...
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Bourbonman

Bourbonman

November 14, 2006
edited over 16 years ago
Deep, dark blistering band that has done some breathtaking albums.
Stuart Staples voice is like no other. His dark soaring vocals and the bands dead heavy orchestrated arrangements are something any fan of Walkabouts, Nick Cave or Midnight Choir should embrace.
This is England's best kept secret and should not be missed, and their three first albums are classics and completely essential.
Put on any album of this fantastic band and you need a bottle of cognac right away.

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