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Dead Can Dance

Dead Can Dance combine elements of European folk music -- particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance -- with ambient pop andworldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and nobility, and of the everlasting human goal of attaining ameaningful existence.Over the course of their career, Dead Can Dance has featured a multitude of members, but two musicians have remained at the core of the band -- guitarist Brendan Perry and vocalist Lisa Gerrard. Perry had previously been the lead vocalist and bassist for the Australian-based punk band theSc ...read more

Dead Can Dance combine elements of European folk music -- particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance -- with ambient pop andworldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and nobility, and of the everlasting human goal of attaining ameaningful existence.Over the course of their career, Dead Can Dance has featured a multitude of members, but two musicians have remained at the core of the band -- guitarist Brendan Perry and vocalist Lisa Gerrard. Perry had previously been the lead vocalist and bassist for the Australian-based punk band theScavengers, a group who were never able to land a recording contract. In 1979, the band changed their name to the Marching Girls, but they stillweren't able to sign a contract. The following year, Perry left the group and began experimenting with electronic music, particularly tape loops andrhythms. In 1981, Perry formed Dead Can Dance with Lisa Gerrard, Paul Erikson, and Simon Monroe. By 1982, Perry and Gerrard decided to relocateto London; Erikson and Monroe decided to stay in Australia.

Within a year, Dead Can Dance had signed a record deal with 4AD. In the spring of 1984, they released their eponymous debut album, comprisedof songs the pair had written in the previous four years. By the end of the year, the group had contributed two tracks to It'll End in Tears, thefirst album by This Mortal Coil, and had released an EP called Garden of the Arcane Delights. In 1985, Dead Can Dance released their secondalbum, Spleen and Ideal. The album helped build their European cult following, peaking at number two on the U.K. indie charts.

For the next two years, Dead Can Dance were relatively quiet, releasing only two new songs in 1986, both which appeared on the 4AD compilationLonely Is an Eyesore. Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, the group's third album, appeared in 1986. In 1988, the band released their fourth album,The Serpent's Egg, and wrote the score for the Agustin Villarongas film El Nino de la Luna, which also featured Lisa Gerrard in her acting debut.

Aion, Dead Can Dance's fifth album, was released in 1990. Also in 1990, the group toured America for the first time, earning rave reviews. Thefollowing year, the group was involved in various festivals and theatrical productions. In 1991, the compilation A Passage in Time was released onRykodisc, making it the first American release of Dead Can Dance music. Early in 1993, the group provided the score to Baraka and contributedsongs to Sahara Blue. In the fall of 1993, the group released Into the Labyrinth, which became their first proper studio album to receive anAmerican release. Into the Labyrinth was a cult success throughout the U.S. and Europe. It was followed by another American and European tour,which was documented on the 1994 album and film, Toward the Within. In 1995, Lisa Gerrard released her debut solo album, The Mirror Pool. Inthe summer of 1996, Dead Can Dance released Spiritchaser and embarked on an international tour. The duo officially disbanded in 1999; Gerrardcontinued working as a solo artist and composed music for films such as Heat, The Insider, and Gladiator. Perry also established a solo career,issuing Eye of the Hunter in 2000. In 2001, Rhino released the band's first comprehensive box set, Dead Can Dance 1981-1998. Rumours of theirreunion also began to swirl around this time, however Gerrard's solo career remained steadfast. Her work with composer Patrick Cassidy, ImmortalMemory, followed in 2004. Several months later, Gerrard and Perry made it official and reunited for a world tour. Dates in North America and Europefollowed in 2005 while Rhino once more recognized the duo with a greatest hits collection. Momento: The Very Best of Dead Can Dance appearedin October 2005. « hide

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LPs
Anastasis
08/09/2012

3.8
125 Votes
Spiritchaser
1996

3.5
69 Votes
Into the Labyrinth
1993

4
116 Votes
Aion
1990

3.8
107 Votes
The Serpent's Egg
1988

3.9
132 Votes
Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
1987

4.3
247 Votes
Spleen and Ideal
1986

3.9
107 Votes
Dead Can Dance
1984

3.5
82 Votes
EPs
Live Happenings - Part 4
03/20/2012

4.2
3 Votes
Garden of the Arcane Delights
1984

3.8
13 Votes
Live Albums
In Concert
04/22/2013

3.8
5 Votes
Toward the Within
1994

4.3
44 Votes

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