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Saturday, March 05, 2022

A Tribute to Mark Lanegan: 1964 - 2022

Mark Lanegan: 1964 - 2022
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The following tribute to Mark Lanegan is brought to us by Brother Alan in Seattle.


Happy Friday to all.

I have been morning the loss of a lesser known musician, Mark Lanegan. He was the singer for the proto-Grunge psychedelic punk band, Screaming Trees, and had a long and celebrated career as a singer. He died 2/22/2022 in Ireland. He had a massive amount of songs recorded as not only a solo artist but also as part time singer for Queens of the Stone Age & many other collaborations and vocals he lended to a huge # of bands.

He covered 2 Neil Young songs at least. Cinnamon Girl can be heard at this link:

Through My Sails can be heard at this link:

He was a junkie and wrote an incredible book about his life, staying clean for 10 years before his death.

Mourning, in the morning and more in the evening. 

Mark Lanegan has left this life. I never saw him play live. I was planning on hitting up his next show in Seattle, but it was not to be. You guys know about him, I am happy to see. I have been a fan for long enough to have everything you can get on label. Solo, Gutter Twins, 2 with Duke Garwood, all the Queens of the Stone Age albums with Lanegan on them (except the last one, in which he sings one song backup). I've got Mad Season deluxe. The 3 extra tracks on that which Mark sang on to complete them after Layne Staley died. Black Book of Fear is killer. And got the 3 albums with Isobell Campbell, Soulsavers, all of his solo albums, all of the Screaming Trees albums except their first LP, Clairvoyance (which followed their 1st EP), which is out of print and expensive, more so every day now. Prices and shortages of all his albums are surging, from $40 to $100. Many are unavailable, perhaps half.

So many great songs and albums. He would sing for almost any band or Artist that asked him to. So he has a million collaborations. And you can listen to all of his recorded tracks at It may have been created in the spirit of NYA.

Screaming Trees were a "Psycedelic Rock" band that played punk style in a different way, but Mark's vocals made it. Lee Conner wrote a huge number of the songs, but somehow Lanegan blossomed into an ever-changing, shape-shifting master of his underground musical world. His main fan base is in Europe, he said. He was still largely unknown in the mainstream until his death.

Lanegan hated being compared to Jim Morrison, he said and related in his book, Sing Backwards and Weep (2020). Just got his lyric and writings book, I Am The Wolf. I was 100 pages into his first book when he died.

I discovered his genius too late, but somehow I got into a feeding frenzy and picked up every single release I could get my hands on. Who wants to stream low resolution?

Odd coincidence of timing that I had picked up a dozen of his albums and side projects in the 2 months leading up to his death. 2 of them are still in the mail: Phantom Radio, and Gutter Twins. I missed the price surge by a hair.

I was listening to the Screaming Trees first LP, Clairvoyance, for the first time (streaming) as I fell asleep the night before the world found out that he had died. I like to think that is somehow a good omen. I hope to see him at the Great Gig in the Sky.

I am having on ongoing Mark Lanegan listening party every day, from now on, until I am intimate with every album.

He also has a bunch of off-label albums he sold at shows. Live shows on CD and LP and "Dark Mark Does Christmas" 2 different albums, 8 years apart.

His last known album is Dark Mark vs Skeleton Joe. Its pretty cool and the videos are outrageous, gritty, powerful, electronic driven music.

I have been on a bit of a limited Neil Young diet as of late. Mark Lanegan is what is playing endlessly. I will let you know when the listening party ends. It will be about a month or two.

He is gone but NEVER forgotten. His Art enriched the world. He was extraordinarily prolific and his albums are typically very good. he doesn't really have bad albums, I guess.

Lanegan used to score Heroin for his good friend, Kurt Cobain, every day after Nirvana made it big. Cobain idolized Lanegan as a Big Brother because Screaming Trees were one of the originators of of the music that became Grunge. Them and Soundgarden. There were a lot of bands. Alice in Chains in 1990 released their first album, a masterpiece.

Mark Lanegan was close friends and using buddies with Layne Staley. In fact, he hung with him even in his later years as he circled the drain. They toured together and shot a lot. Mark said Layne always gave his live shows absolute devotion and poured himself into it with great power every night, no matter how hard he partied the night before, etc.

His Artistry draw comparisons to Tom Waits in some ways.

Alan in Seattle, where Grunge was born, where Mark Lanegan launched his career. Rest in Peace. See you at the show.  

Brother Alan in Seattle.

PS- Good night. 

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At 3/05/2022 11:26:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

Brother Alan in Seattle,
Such a heartfelt and passionate tribute to Mark Lanegan.

Thank you for sharing with us. We pulled your comments off of previous post on Rotterdam @

We'll also push those comments below, as well.

See you at the show.


At 3/05/2022 11:26:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

At 3/05/2022 07:52:00 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

Great to see a lot of love on here for the great Mark Lanegen - one of the best singer-songwriters of the past 30

His solo career (especially the first 6 or 7 albums), the last couple of Screaming Trees albums, multiple full length collaborations with both Soulsavers and Isobel Campbell and contributions to 5 QOTSA albums amongst many many more releases puts him up with the greats in my opinion

The anthology HAS GOD SEEN MY SHADOW? is a great place to start for his solo stuff

His book Sing Backwards and Weep is incredible too - maybe the most brutally honest piece of literature from a musician I’ve ever read


At 3/05/2022 11:27:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

At 3/04/2022 08:39:00 PM, Blogger Richie Cruz said...

Sad to hear about Mark Lanegan, definitely one of the most underrated figures of the grunge/Seattle era. Loved his work with Screaming Trees, and he did some solo acoustic stuff that was fantastic. Also, check out the Mad Season album that he was a part of, alongside his buddy Layne Staley from Alice In Chains. Two kindred souls. If any of you have never heard Mad Season, do yourself a favor and give it a listen, very powerful stuff from a band full of guys who really lived the dark life.

I always thought Lanegan sounded a lot like Jim Morrison. Not sure if he ever covered The Doors, but would love to hear it if he ever did. He really sounded like Jim to me.


At 3/05/2022 11:54:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ 3/04/2022 08:26:00 PM Tomatron said...

Alan, that was a real loss. Lanegan had such an iconic voice. If there is such a thing as grunge, his vocals are the quintessential representation of that feel. He was one of the earliest originals, too. It was truly an epidemic that wiped those guys out. We were lucky to have him as long as we did. He has a huge catalog, so I’m exploring it more deeply now. Blues Funeral is my favorite right now, hope to find it on vinyl. Electric guitars and beats, killer lyrics.

At 3/05/2022 01:06:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

Alan, old friend, I am going to search out Lanegan. Thank you for your words and spirit.

At 3/05/2022 01:37:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...


At 3/05/2022 01:43:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

At 3/05/2022 01:45:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

At 3/05/2022 01:58:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Nirvana frontman recorded this with Mark Lanegan (singing) for ML’s 1st solo album, 1990. Kurt idolized Lanegan and asked him to be on MTV Unplugged but Lanegan did not see why. Kurt told Lanegan he would sing it faithfully on MTV, 1994. And then, the unthinkable happened, and Gen X lost its “voice of a generation.” The mainstream did not shine a light on Lanegan, and I hate to admit it, but I missed out on Decades of his live shows, having failed to take notice!

Now we celebrate his body of work. Against all odds, this kid split Ellensberg WA and became an important music Artist, defying the odds of success given his Heroin addiction and dangerous life on the streets, for decades, off and on. Mostly ON. How he wrote and performed all of this music, while battling his addiction, is miraculous. To turn out high quality art, album after album… it blows me away.

He sang of his sorrow and gritty life, of needles, and escapades on tour with Layne Staley, and others. His voice was cigarettes and Bourbon, they say.

At 3/05/2022 02:01:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

(Blues originator Leadbelly, who twice sang his way off of death row, wrote this classic: Where did you sleep last night? Mark Lanegan also was with / near Cobain at the time of his death.

At 3/05/2022 02:20:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Thank you Thrasher! I lost an earlier post with the same theme (Thank you for posting this! And other Grateful words, put forth in praise of your blog! You are creative, thoughtful, fun, intelligent… as we study the great powerhouse Artist, Neil Young, The Godfather of Grunge, in his many forms. Many thanks for the kind words. Brother Alan in Seattle

At 3/05/2022 06:16:00 PM, Blogger Minke said...

Fabulous cover of Through My Sails. I did not hear this before. They really turned it into something of their own, but it keeps the atmosphere of earth-leaving of the original. May be among my favourite NY covers. Mark Lanegan will be missed.

At 3/09/2022 10:54:00 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Most of Mark Lanegan's main albums are available once again. Some albums are not available, but I didn't want to deter anyone from seeking out albums by the musician. Many of the albums I bought prior to his passing did see a price increase after he died, but many can be had reasonably. I just got Phantom Radio (2014) and it sounds great. Bubblegum is one of his best, a real classic from 2004. "Somebody's Knocking" is a fantastic album, sort of an electronic sound, but with instruments. His 2 albums with Duke Garwood are great: "Black Pudding," & "With Animals." Lanegan doesn't have a bad album so its no risk to buy any. "Gargoyle" is great. These albums are all reasonably priced. Your Brother in Seattle, Alan

At 3/10/2022 09:33:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Alan in Seattle, your a legend. Lovely write up and thanks for the ny cover links. I have been a fan of Mark Lanegans for years and was lucky to see him with qotsa in 2003 when they were touring songs for the deaf. He seemed like the coolest, if I was to recommend albums I'd say bubblegum and gargoyle, but I havnt listened to close to all of them. Also type Mark Lanegan other voices into YouTube for some sweet sets. Other voices is a long running tv show shot in dingle, co. Kerry, ireland close to where Mark lived for his last few years. Peace

At 3/12/2022 11:13:00 AM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

This guy is unbelievably good. Unknown, Alan, Minke, thanks for these write ups.


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