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Adrian Borland (6 December 1957 – 26 April 1999) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer, best known as the lead singer of post-punk band The Sound (1979–87). Following a substantial solo career spanning five albums, he succumbed to the symptoms of schizoid-affective disorder[1] and committed suicide in April 1999.





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He produced Felt's final album - "Me And A Monkey On The Moon" in 1989 - and I met him at Felt's penultimate gig at Dingwalls in Camden. Personally I don't think it's Felt's best where the songs are concerned, but for me its the best production Felt ever had.

U2 may quote JD and various other bands as influences - but I don't think they could even exist if it weren't for The Sound.

This is my fave of theirs.....




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collection for sale:
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Shit, I have schizo-affective disorder. I barely ever hear of anyone else having it - it's afaik the rarest schizophreniform disorder, and schizophreniforms are some of the rarest of the whole Axis I. This is really affecting. I'm about to give this music a listen. I'll almost certainly pick up some Sound albums just in tribute to the man's struggle against this horrible illness.
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Been listening. No idea how this stuff was never more popular. It's fantastic. Those JD covers, though... spine-chilling.
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I always liked "The Sound". They were quite popular here in Germany among the post-punk-hipsters. Even more popular than Joy Division.
Sometimes it might be an advantage to not be a native speaker. I guess if the lyrics were german, I would have had a problem listening to them.
All this biblic stuff and references.
If you listen to Joy Divsion and think of all the terms they are associated with like "Dark", "Depression", "Angst", "gothic", "Black" etc.
These terms aren't part of Ian's lyrics, Joy Divison is just "labelled" with these terms from people listening to Joy Divsion.
The Sound - and The Cure - just push these words into your ears.
But I like The Cure anyway.
Did I mention that I like "The Sound"?
The music is often brilliant. And the album that followed "The Lion's Mouth": "All Fall Down": I like it. The record company saw a "hit-potential" in The Sound and wanted them to become even more melodic and approachable. Then they recorded "All Fall Down".
I like to watch their early live recordings on YouTube....

Dirk

P.S. just listened to Adrian's version of "Atmosphere". I guess if a million years from now some strange beings will dig out the remains of our culture and find any kind of cd or record or harddisc with Atmosphere on it - our "cave paintings" - and listen to it. They will be as speechless and moved emotional as we are.



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Thought this deserved a mention.
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