Who, you say? Lloyd Cole! You know, that cute guy from England who moved to Glasgow and started a band named the Commotions. Their career was short, but full of hits. Between 1984 and 1989 they had four albums in the Top 20 and five singles that made it to the Top 40’s (all of these were UK hits, America didn’t really know about Lloyd Cole).
Technically, they only had three albums since their last album was a ‘Greatest Hits’. After that, they broke up and Cole went solo until the band reunited in 2004 for a mini-UK tour.
I never got to see them live and to be honest, I have no idea how I heard of them. Probably from the record shop I liked to hang out at in the 80’s. Back in the day, I had an impressive vinyl collection. Not anymore, though. I’m all about my iPod.
There is a whole playlist dedicated to the 80’s on my iPod, but Lloyd Cole has a special playlist just for his albums. His haunting voice and lyrics continue to draw me in, thirty years later. He’s one of the few singers I can listen to while I’m writing.
Take a listen and tell me what you think. Then share with us who you listen to. Do you have certain artists you prefer to write to? Dance to? Garden to? What gets you motivated to do that thing you need to get done?
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions ‘2CV’