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Morphine were an American alternative rock trio formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1989, intensely loved around the Boston area. Mark Sandman, a former guitarist and vocalist with the blues rock band Treat Her Right, formed Morphine with saxophonist Dana Colley, and they were joined by alternating drummers Jerome Deupree and Billy Conway.

The band recorded four studio albums from 1992 to 1999. While never a major commercial or radio success, the band were a favorite of music critics during the '90s, and their stripped-down jazz and blues-influenced sound helped them stand out in the decade's Alternative Rock scene.

The band broke up in 1999, after Sandman suffered a fatal heart attack onstage in Italy. A fifth and final album following in 2000. Morphine called their music "low rock" due to the predominance of low-end sounds: Sandman's voice, his two-string slide bass, and Colley's baritone sax. Generally, their songs had no guitar.

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Discography:

  • Good (1992)
  • Cure for Pain (1993)
  • Yes (1995)
  • Like Swimming (1997)
  • The Night (2000)

"Anyway I'd like to see a little more trope":

  • Alliterative Title: "Super Sex", "Gone for Good".
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Mark Sandman. Yes, that was his real name.
  • Badass Baritone: Sandman, as part of the whole "low rock" thing.
  • "Days of the Week" Song: "Thursday", about a once-a-week tryst with a married woman.
  • Deal with the Devil: Addressed in both "Buena" and "Honey White", sounding much like a metaphor for drug use, especially on the latter.
  • Instrumentals: "Miles Davis' Funeral", "Lilah", "Lisa", "Dawna", "Sundayafternoonweightlessness", "Bo's Veranda" "I Know You (Part 1)", and "I Know You (Part 2)". All are rather short.
  • Looped Lyrics: "I'm Free Now".
  • One-Word Title: The albums Good and Yes, as well as songs like "Buena" and "Thursday".
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  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Sandman at times. If you're curious how Jim Morrison would have sounded singing with Sonic Youth, he's pretty close.
  • Sexophone: Colley could definitely apply this trope at times.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Mark Sandman's lyrics were sometimes written in a stream-of-consciousness, beat poet-influenced style. The biggest example might be the refrain of "Super Sex":
    Automatic taxi stop electric cigarette love baby
    Hotel rock 'n' roll discotheque electric super sex

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