Sunday, July 20, 2008

THE COMATEENS


The Comateens were formed in New York in 1980 by Ramona Jan (guitar), Nik North (bass, vocals), and a drum machine. After Lyn Byrd (synthesizer, vocals) and Oliver North (guitar, vocals) joined the group, they recorded their self-titled debut LP in 1981. The album became a cult favorite among college hipsters, especially the band's remake of “The Munsters Theme". However, the Comateens actually gained a larger following in Europe, wherein the group's quirks – such as the necrophilia tale “Cool Chick" – were more easily digested. The band released two more LPs – 1983's Pictures on a String and 1984's Deal With It – and then split up in 1985. Byrd and Oliver North eventually reunited in North and Byrd, but North passed away soon thereafter. Here's some stuff from PICTURES ON A STRING. Released in 1983 (again......THAT YEAR...what is it about THAT YEAR ?) Also...as a side note...I don't own the First self titled Comateens album.....does anyone out there have it????

4 comments:

nenuphar said...

I listened to a great radio station at the time that surely played this band, but it somehow escaped my attention. I have a vague memory of the name, and there's a faint twinge of recognition when I listen.

But it's kind of nice that I didn't know them, because I can listen now and be reminded of *that sound*, and it's totally fresh for me now! You know what I mean.

Mikeyten said...

Are you still after first album,if so i can post it for you

Mikeyten said...

Hi,Great blog by the way,Derek sorry could´t work out how to email this so I´ve posted here,hope it´s what your looking for,cheers Mikeyten

http://www.zshare.net/download/16283022b4df6612/

Anonymous said...

Could you pleaaase reupload comateens get off my case??