October 14, 2009


(The Hollow Men - footnotes to history or at least a lot of questions)

I would imagine the people (at least in the U.S.) who have heard of The Hollow Men might fit on the fingers of one, maybe two hands.

Together from 1985-1991, they were actually part of the Manchester, or Madchester scene that gave birth to bands like The Charlatans, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and many others. They released several singles, but only one official album, Cresta which was issued in the U.S. on Arista, but you'd never really know it. This track This Dark City, comes from the posthumous album "Twisted" issued in 1994 on the indie label November Records and only released in the states, after the band had been broken up for three years. It consisted mostly of unissued tracks, left off the first album, demos and some live material. But even with that hodgepodge of material, there are some undisputed gems and IMHO, this is one of them.

As is so often the case, some bands make it and some don't - you can never really put your finger on the reasons. And some things are just a mystery.

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