Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lowlife - Discography

Lowlife are easily one of the most under-rated bands of all time. I expect that most of my readers are very familiar, or at least somewhat familiar with their music. For those that are not, it's time!

I plan on posting a semi-discography of the band that came prior to Lowlife (Dead Neighbours) after this.

A quick summary on the sound: A perfect blending of post-punk/goth/shoegaze sounds. Heavy, melancholic vocals and some of the most ethereal, dark, and overall brilliant musical compositions you'll hear anywhere. The members shifted around a bit early on (ex-Cocteau Twins, etc) before settling on a final line-up, which produced some of the most saldy over-looked songs of the style/era. Comparable to a number of bands, including Joy Division, The Cure, SaTB, Chameleons, Cocteau Twins, Asylum Party, etc.

Ok, enough out of me. On with the downloads:


Lowlife - Rain EP (1985)
Track List:

A1
Sometime Something
A2
Reflections Of I (For Kelly)
A3
Gallery Of Shame
B1
Sense Of Fondness
B2
Hail Ye
B3
Again And Again

Download


Lowlife - Permanent Sleep (1986)
Track List:

A1
Cowards Way
A2
As It Happens
A3
Mother Tongue
A4
Wild Swan
B1
Permanent Sleep
B2
A Year Past July
B3
The Betting And Gaming Act 1964
B4
Do We Party?

Download


Lowlife - Vain Delights (1986)
Track List:

A1
Hollow Gut
B1
Permanent Sleep (Steelmix)
B2
From Side To Side

Download


Lowlife - Swirl, It Swings EP (1987)
Track List:

A1
Swing
A2
Colours Blue
B1
Ramified
B2
Eternity Road

Download


Lowlife - Eternity Road 12" (1987)
Track List:

A1 - Eternity Road
B1 - Ramified
B2 - Of Pale Yellow

Tracks available on other releases


Lowlife - Eternity Road 7" (1987)
Track List:

A - Eternity Road
B - Of Pale Yellow

Tracks available on other releases


Lowlife - Diminuendo (1987)
Track List:

A1
A Sullen Sky
A2
Big Uncle Ugliness
A3
Raggedrise To Tumbledown
A4
From Side To Side
B1
Off Pale Yellow
B2
Tongue Tied And Twisted
B3
Licking Ones Wounds
B4
Wonders Will Never Cease
B5
Given To Dreaming

Download


Lowlife - The Black Sessions (1988)
Track List:

01 River of Woe
02 Where I Lay, I'll Lay
03 Missing The Kick
04 The Beggars Burning Bush
05 Moved To Tears
06 Bittersweet
07 Forever Filthy
08 Neverending Shroud
09 We The Cheated
10 Acrid Tongue
Download


Lowlife - Godhead (1989)
Track List:

A1
In Thankful Hands
A2
Where I Lay, I'll Lie
A3
Marjory's Dream
A4
I Don't Talk To Me
A5
Drowning Leaves
A6
Bittersweet
B1
River Of Woe
B2
I The Cheated
B3
Missing The Kick
B4
Forever Filthy
B5
Neverending Shroud

Download


Lowlife - From A Scream To A Whisper (1990)
Track List:

A1
Ramafied
A2
Sometime Something
A3
Cowards Way
A4
Big Uncle Ugliness
A5
Wild Swan
A6
Hollow Gut
B1
Again And Again
B2
A Sullen Sky
B3
As It Happens
B4
Eternity Road
B5
Swing
B6
From Side To Side

Download


Lowlife - San Antorium (1991)
Track List:

A1
Jaw
A2
Inside In
A3
My Mothers Fatherly Father
A4
Big Fat Funky Whale
A5
Good As It Gets
B1
Suddenly Violently Random
B2
June Wilson
B3
Give Up Giving Up
B4
Bathe
B5
As Old As New

Download


Lowlife - Gush (1995)
Track List:

1
Bleach (5:13)
2
Kiss Me Kick (6:34)
3
Former Compadre (5:55)
4
Truth In Needles (4:27)
5
Tocopherol (4:40)
6
Loaded Primed And Pulled (3:51)
7
Wicked Papa Tantalus (4:16)
8
Patricide (4:12)
9
Swell (4:44)

Download


Lowlife - Eternity Road: Reflections of Lowlife 85-95 (2006)
Track List:

01
Sometime, Something
02
Again And Again
03
Coward's Way
04
Permanent Sleep
05
The Betting & Gaming Act 1964
06
Hollow Gut
07
Ragged Rise To Tumbledown
08
From Side To Side
09
Eternity Road (7" Version)
10
Swing
11
Ramified (Underground Version)
12
Where I Lay, I'll Lie
13
I Don't Talk To Me
14
I The Cheated
15
My Mother's Fatherly Father
16
Suddenly Violently Random
17
Give Up Giving Up
18
Truth In Needles
19
Swell
Download


Phew, that took a while. Enjoy!

24 comments:

oldskool said...

Can't understand why there is no one commenting. I had never heard of them and am just listening to their first EPs. They seem pretty good to me, solid songwriting, good tunes, good voice, all the guitars we love to hear from that era (in fact, fortunately they sound more like 1982). Well, it's not a unique sound, but a very likeable one. Thank you for sharing this!!

Vanilla Face said...

I think you will enjoy their following couple of albums, where their sound really starts to sound like their own. One other track to note from their Black Sessions is "Moved To Tears", which I don't think is on any other release. Very good track.

ef59240 said...

It's a very big band

Plastiquegal said...

Lowlife were truly a gem in the schism of gloomy pop bands...I too, was always struck by how many folks were hard core Cocteau Twins fans and had no idea of Lowlife...further they are part of that whole cannon, Sad Lovers and Giants, Breathless, Lucy SHow...etc, that do what they do so well and yet are infrequently ever referenced as bands that defined that gloomy dreampop sound...They were perfect throughout the bulk of every recording...is there a bad song?
I used top make tapes and evetually burn cd's of their work to send to people around the world who expressed an interest in who they were...
I'm glad I can still find in 2009 a person whom is excited about them...I started the Lowlife forum that eventually merged with their official site and am glad the spirit continues!....They are a keeper!

Vanilla Face said...

Cheers, Plastiquegal, I totally agree with your sentiments :)

Henrique said...

Just to let you know how far Lowlife went: I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in 1988 (I think) I could record the 3 songs from "Vain Delights" EP broadcasted during the "Novas Tendencias" (New Tendencies) radio program, presented by DJ Jose Roberto Mahr, at a rock radio station of that time, named Radio Fluminense.

Since then, I became a big fan of this band.

Thanks for this discography.

Anonymous said...

speaking of permanent sleep i almost slept on this beatiful mess altogether & yr entire blog to boot. you've outdone yrself here, or maybe... fuck, thank you

Anonymous said...

good to see interest still in a sound that has not been repeated.

e (permanentsleep.com)

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU FOR THIS; I love this band!

Anonymous said...

The singer Craig lorentson passed away a couple of weeks ago around the 6th of June in Grangemouth Scotland, Will miss you your voice and music were amazing. RIP

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Band .....

Anonymous said...

muchas gracias!!, thanks for posting discography of a Great band,

cheers from Costa Rica!!.

David said...

a Lowlife documentary, produced by David Bruggink and guitarist Stuart Everest, is in the works...check out the facebook page and the trailer... Cheers! David

The film's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/eternityroadfilm
The film's teaser trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nysW3Orn2Ic

cruise_elroy said...

thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!

Anonymous said...

Magnific blog, wonderful band. I neede the lyrics

Anonymous said...

As a huge fan of Lowlife and always spreading the word for them to whomever wants to know about the band i have to pay tribute to you for sharing the amazing gemgraphy of the band in this blog.

MIke Brandon said...

why is "A Sullen Sky" track one? when it should be Sometime Something?



WTH?

Vanilla Face said...

Not sure what you're talking about, MIke Brandon?

Richard said...

A lovely tribute to one of my favourite ever bands and thank you for putting a download of the Black Album up. I had it and can't find it, so this is so welcome!

Anonymous said...

Lowlife were timeless. Are. Their songs and sound echoes in the space of so many rooms, solid and grey and dark. One of the greatest bands from the 80´s. Great voice and atmospheres. Just listen to the very first Cocteaus album... Garlands and you'll see. The same dense textures and circle sound. Too good to be forbidden and forget.

Giova Zúrita said...

Thank you Sir for this tribute.
I discovered this band few months ago,i think it was that i read the Bío of higgie that i could heard them for first time. Eternity road!, just amazing Sound, voice, of course bass to (Searching my experience.
), just amazing. Well now i can enjoying this albums, thnk you again.
Cheers!

KraizeeKatt said...

I recently heard a few Lowlife songs, and I'm hooked. I want to thank you for taking the time to share their discography! I'd like to eventually find and purchase their albums on vinyl, and your uploads give me a chance to enjoy their music and decide what to buy. Thank you so very much!

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Manuel Valencia said...

I have been a fan of Lowlife since my school days (late eighties). Thank you very much for sharing this.

Greetings from Lima, Peru