FRAMES - DANCE THE DEVIL
1. Perfect Opening Line
2. Seven Day Mile
3. Pavement tune
5. Star Star **
6. The Stars are Underground
1. God Bless Mom
2. Rent Day Blues
4. Neath the Breeches
5. Dance the Devil back into his Hole
Dance the Devil is the fourth studio album by the Irish rock band, The Frames. Released in 1999, it marked a significant departure from the bands earlier sound and was a critical and commercial success.
The album features 10 tracks, including the hit single ""Pavement Tune,"" which received extensive radio play and helped to propel The Frames to greater prominence in the music industry. Dance the Devil showcases the bands versatility and musical prowess, blending elements of rock, folk, and pop to create a unique and compelling sound. The lyrics are introspective and poetic, exploring themes of love, loss, and self-discovery.
Produced by Steve Albini, the album was recorded in just five days, giving it a raw and unpolished feel that perfectly captures the energy and passion of The Frames live performances.
Dance the Devil remains a beloved album among fans of Irish music and continues to inspire new generations of musicians. Its enduring popularity is a testament to the artistry and vision of The Frames and their commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in rock music.
The Frames are led by Glen Hansard, a Dublin-based singer/songwriter who quit school at age 13 to begin busking on local streets. By 17, hed borrowed enough money from his parents to record a demo, 50 copies of which were pressed and distributed to family and friends. One of those copies made its way to Island Records Denny Cordell, who successfully lobbied label founder Chris Blackwell to sign Hansard to the roster. Now signed to a major label, Hansard founded the Frames, taking the name from his childhood fascination with bicycles; he regularly repaired his friends bikes as a kid, and with the frames scattered about his familys yard, the Hansard home was consequently known as "the house with the frames."
The alternative pop group, whose lineup included guitarist Dave Odlum, vocalist Noreen ODonnell, bassist John Carney, violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire, and drummer Paul Brennan, made its debut at an Irish music festival in September 1990. After taking a brief hiatus to allow Hansard to co-star in Alan Parkers hit film The Commitments, the band issued a debut single, "The Dancer," in early 1992. With the help of producer Gil Norton, whose work with the Pixies proved to be a major sonic influence on the sessions, the Frames (sometimes credited as the Frames D.C. to avoid confusion with an American group of the same name) completed their debut album, Another Love Song. A scheduled U.S. tour was cancelled when Mac Con Iomaire fell ill and Carney quit, though, and even though bassist Graham Downey was quickly added, a shakeup in Islands roster left the band without a label. Moreover, ODonnell left the lineup in the midst of recording a second album, 1994s Fitzcarraldo. Bassist Joe Doyle soon replaced Downey, with Dave Hingerty assuming Brennans drumming duties for the Frames third album, 1999s lo-fi effort Dance the Devil.
The Frames switched labels again, this time signing with a Chicago-based indie, Overcoat, before recording the bands fourth and finest effort, For the Birds. Where previous Frames records often suffered from over-production, 2001s For the Birds (recorded in part by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio Studios) boasted an intimacy and fragility that complemented Hansards heart-wrenching compositions. Despite critical hosannas, Odlum left the band in November 2001 to focus on production work, with Simon Goode stepping in as the new lead guitarist. A U.S. tour planned for the following month was suspended in the wake of the death of Hansards close friend and occasional collaborator Mic Christopher, former frontman of the Mary Janes. The Frames finally made it to the States in support of the New Pornographers during 2002; they also released their first live album, Breadcrumb Trail, that same year. The Frames next release was 2003s The Roads Outgrown, a nine-track collection of studio outtakes, followed in February 2004 by their first album for Anti, Set Lis
Although the Frames continued issuing new material (including Burn the Maps and 2007s The Cost), Hansard began devoting equal time to the Swell Season, a side project that eventually turned into an internationally popular band, especially after Hansard and Swell Season collaborator Markéta Irglová were cast in the successful independent film Once, which also featured their music. Members of the Frames were recruited to form the Swell Seasons backing band, thus keeping parts of the original lineup together. In 2015, as Hansard was devoting most of his time to this solo career, he helped assemble Longitude (An Introduction to the Frames), a collection of favourite songs from the groups history that also included three new recordings
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