Saturday, February 7, 2009

Playlist Spotlight: Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

Shining the *C* Spotlight on one of our favorite songs in rotation on Houndstooth this month:

Come On Over [Turn Me On] by Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan from the album Sunday At Devil Dirt.  Isobel is formerly of the band Belle & Sebastian and Mark Lanegan formerly of Screaming Trees and the occasional frontman of Queens of the Stone Age.

In April 2004, Campell released an EP with Lanegan, titled Time Is Just the Same. They would later release a single entitled "Ramblin' Man" for their collaboration album Ballad of the Broken Seas. Isobel wrote and recorded the majority of the album's tracks in Glasgow, while Lanegan added vocals in Los Angeles. The album was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Prize. The duo played four UK concerts in January 2007, with the London date being moved to a larger venue as a result of high demand for tickets.
In 2007, the duo recorded a second album together, entitled Sunday at Devil Dirt, which was released on May 5th, 2008.

The partnership began as Isobel was working on Time Is Just The Same, an EP she released shortly after Amorino, in 2004. The title track featured Eugene Kelly, formerly of The Vaselines and Captain America/Eugenius, on guest vocals, but Kelly's voice was too high to sing his lines on Why Does My Head Hurt So, one of the EPs other songs. Isobels boyfriend at the time played her one of Lanegans justly-lauded solo album, and Campbell knew shed found the voice for the song.  
And the rest, as they say, is history. We hope you enjoy the song as much as we do here at Houndstoothradio. Cheers!

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