Live Skull – Swingtime – Vinyl Album
Brand new, never played and still sealed in the original plastic seal
Small cut in spine
Live Skull formed in downtown New York City in 1983 by the guitar/bandleader tandem of Mark C. and Tom Paine. They were soon joined by drummer James Lo and Marnie Greenholz (Paine’s then-girlfriend), on bass guitar. In 1984, a self-titled debut 12″ EP saw release on the tiny Massive label. They soon signed with indie label Homestead Records, which released their 1985 debut full-length Bringing Home the Bait. On this LP, vocal duties were shared by Greenholz, Paine, and C. Their 1986 album called Cloud One featured slightly more accessible song structures. A concert album called Live: Don’t Get Any On You was recorded at CBGB later that year.
Thalia Zedek joined the band as lead singer in 1987, taking over most vocal duties so that the other members could concentrate on their instruments. Zedek had previously played in the Boston-area post-punk outfits White Women, Dangerous Birds, and Uzi. The band also replaced Lo with ex-Ruin drummer Rich Hutchins (). Zedek and Hutchins debuted on 1987’s Dusted, which spawned a black-and-white music video for the song “5-D”, likely filmed in the same abandoned warehouse featured in the album’s cover art. (This video later appeared on the Twelve O’Clock High video compilation.)
The group signed to the larger Caroline Records label, debuting with 1988’s six-song Snuffer 12″. Hutchins was now also playing with the band Of Cabbages & Kings. Greenholz subsequently left and was replaced by Sonda Andersson, a former member of Rat at Rat R and cousin of avant-garde composer Glenn Branca. Released in 1989, Positraction was a more accessible, song-oriented effort that maintained the generally positive critical reaction. Live Skull disbanded in 1990 due to sustained lack of commercial success, with Paine deciding to focus on an alternate career.
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