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Concrete Blonde

Concrete Blonde grew out of the Los Angeles post-punk club circuit that produced bands like X, Wall of Voodoo, and the Go-Go's, but it wasn't until 1987 that the band even recorded its first album. The group was founded by singer/songwriter/bassist Johnette Napolitano and guitarist Jim Mankey, who initially called themselves Dream 6 and released an EP. Their insistence on complete artistic control was off-putting to the major labels who took notice, however, and it wasn't until 1987 that the group signed to I.R.S. and changed its name to Concrete Blonde at the suggestion of labelmate Michael Stipe. Concrete Blonde's self-titled debut album betrayed the influence of the Pretenders, while 1989's Free was a tighter showcase for Napolitano's developing songwriting and produced a college radio hit with "God Is a Bullet." The morose, textured Bloodletting, a more accomplished record than both of its predecessors, broke the band to a wider audience with the left-field Top 20 hit "Joey," the tale of a love affair ended by alcoholism. Mexican Moon reflected Napolitano's interest in Hispanic music and culture, but Concrete Blonde's commercial fortunes had declined since Bloodletting, and Napolitano broke up the band. They reunited between 2001 and 2004, however, releasing two albums during that period, 2002's Group Therapy and 2004's Mojave, the latter featuring new drummer Gabriel Ramirez-Quezada. Napolitano announced the second and apparently final breakup of Concrete Blonde in June of 2006. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Mojave

1. The 'A' Road

2. Because I Can

3. True To This

4. Ghost Riders In The Sky

5. Hey Coyote

6. Himalayan Motorcycles

7. Mojave

8. Snakes

9. Jim Needs An Animal

10. Someone's Calling Me

11. My Tornado At Rest

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Track List: Mexican Moon

1. Jenny I Read

2. Mexican Moon

3. Heal It Up

4. Jonestown

5. Rain

6. I Call It Love

7. Jesus Forgive Me (For The Things I'm About To Say)

8. When You Smile

9. Close To Home

10. One Of My Kind

11. End Of The Line

12. (Love Is A) Blind Ambition

13. Bajo La Lune Mexicana

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Track List: Walking In London

1. Ghost Of A Texas Ladies' Man

2. Walking In London

3. Les Coeurs Jumeaux

4. Woman To Woman

5. Why Don't You See Me

6. City Screaming

7. Someday?

8. I Wanna Be Your Friend Agian

9. ...Long Time Ago

10. It's A Man's World

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Track List: Bloodletting

1. Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)

2. The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden

3. Caroline

4. Darkening Of The Light

5. I Don't Need A Hero

6. Days And Days

7. The Beast

8. Lullabye

9. Joey

10. Tomorrow, Wendy

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Track List: Bloodletting (20th Anniversary Edition)

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Track List: Free

1. God Is A Bullet

2. Run Run Run

3. It's Only Money

4. Help Me

5. Sun

6. Roses Grow

7. Scene Of A Perfect Crime

8. Happy Birthday

9. Little Conversations

10. Carry Me Away

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Track List: Concrete Blonde

1. True

2. Your Haunted Head

3. Dance Along The Edge

4. Still In Hollywood

5. Song For Kim (She Said)

6. Beware Of Darkness

7. Over Your Shoulder

8. Little Sister

9. (You're The Only One) Can Make Me Cry

10. Cold Part Of Town

11. True (Instrumental)

12. It'll Chew You Up And Spit You Out

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Track List: The Essential Concrete Blonde

1. Still In Hollywood

2. True

3. Dance Along The Edge

4. God Is A Bullet

5. Happy Birthday

6. Sun

7. The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden

8. Caroline

9. Joey

10. Tomorrow, Wendy

11. Little Wing

12. Walking In London

13. Someday?

14. Roses Grow (Live)

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Too bad they couldn't pull it off

AHE is AMAZING lyricist, bassist, Love her VOCALS....

BLOODLETTING IS
One of my all time favorite CD's

All time...
Top 25

08oD
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rpdare2
Of the many bands I miss from my youth, and by youth I mean 20's, CB is one of the groups I long the most for...
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Love concrete blonde so much-heard free on a college radio station and was in love. Being desperate to be as different musically as I was socially I adored C Blonde. A poor kid with a gay mom moved to the high class neighborhood I listened to my tapes of c blonde over and over. When I had my baby I played her 5 songs from a greatest hits album yo get her to sleep. She used to sing talk talk along with the album while I danced her around the LR.
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robert.a.fre e m a n
This song sounds a LOT like No Woman No Cry.
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Gave out "Bloodlettin g " to friends for Christmas one yr. Wore out several tapes of "Bloodlettin g " during "Desert Storm".
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Love the haunting and sad video to this song.
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no song lyrics anymore?
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ken_s_kirby
good band
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kevin-burns9
Joey is a superb tune yeah!johnett e rock it Joey!so am I luv u !!kb45
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Concrete blonde's tour dates here:
http://www.c o n c r e t e b l o n d e o f f i c i a l w e b s i t e . c o m /
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kevin-burns9
Johnnette is one of the best FEMA
E vocalist !joey rocks ballad rock on!!! Johnette !!pkb45
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robrivera21
I saw Concrete Blonde in Vegas 1990, they were AWESOME! I also had a crush on John etty (all the talent in the world and looks to boot!)
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bek_evergree n
Still in Hollywood- one of the single greatest rock songs ever.
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kevin-burns9
Josh nettle nap litany rocks on come on girl/ kb rock on
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Had a crush on Johnette since I was a kid! Shoot straight baby!
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i saw them live last year...of course they're older now but man they freaking rocked live!!!
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Noisemakers they are
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lastgasp61
Joey is a song so great I just have no words.
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One of the greatest guitarists alive is Jim Mankey. Without his unbelievable rhythm and lead riffs, the band would be good, with them they're outstanding.
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Where's Harry the original drummer? He was the backbone of the band.
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I've seen her perform about in '06 or '07 in SD. She is absolutely amazing, does not disappoint!
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If a female vampire could sing this is what she'd sound like. I mean that in a good way.
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I wish the great bands would tour way down south like Blonde.
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I stand corrected. Blonde is still together. I must make a road trip to see them.
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I discovered Blonde too late to see them in concert but still listening to their music is liberating.
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20 years ago they were playing in San Francisco but they did a show couple days before that in a small venue under the name Dream 6 and sent out invitations to all the people on the Concrete Blonde mailing list. That was one of the most awesome shows I've ever seen. Thanks, Johnette.
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put on a great show here at park west in chicago last december
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j.brian.ouel l e t t e
To be fair, this bio is a bit old. They reunited after this bio was written.
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great live band
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yeti30312
The moron who wrote this bio should be fired. They are still together,sti l l touring,stil l recording.
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Little wing , my favorite!! Love them!!!
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I too LOVE this band. I have since the first LP. The first time I heard Adele, I thought, Oh my god that's Johnette!!!! I wonder what Johnette thinks of Adele and I wonder if Adele has ever heard Johnette? They are not identical, of course, but it sure seems like Adele went to the Johnette Napolitano school of haunting vocals.
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I saw them over 20 years ago for the first time they open up for sting. I thought they were better than sting
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I just love this band
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Saw them last night in Chicago... just as badass as 20 years ago!
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Can't believe Pandora didn't mention Still In Hollywood. 120 Minutes played the f**k out of it. They also did a cover a Everybody Knows by Cohen on the Pump Up The Volume soundtrack. Whomever does these reviews don't know chit about the bands they are reviewing.
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lilshish64
Concrete Blonde paved the way for the current vampire craze. Can't believe True Blood hasn't featured music from Bloodletting yet. Dumb HBO execs.
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lilshish64
One of my all-time favorites. Best moment was in the 90s and they played the Chestnut Cabaret in Philly during a snowstorm. Only 100 brave fans made it to the show but Johnette, Jim and Harry didn't care. She came out drunk as hell and did an amazing rendition of Mercedes Benz, Janis Joplin style. Unreal and one of the best shows I ever witnessed.
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hellomrs.rob i n s o n
walked the earth to see them. will walk it again. long live the blonde
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sir_robert_i i
I still love Johnette. Saw them live in the late 80s... Lots of music coming from three musicians. Dance Along the Edge is one of the finest tunes ever...
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Saw this band at First Ave in Minneapolis. ROCKED! Such great musicians
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My favorites by this band are Caroline and Cold Part of Town .
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peabuttnutte r
Joey is a good song but if you really want chills up your spine listen to Cold part of town.
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A great Blast in the Past! A terrific example of music that didn't suck in the 90's
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just searched for concrete blonde...sin c e I hadn't listened to this band since the 90's...oh how this takes me back! So glad to find this on Pandora!! I'm a little proud that I still rememered all the of the lyrics to Joey as well! My all tme favorite!!
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I cant get Caroline out of my head . the one song that gives me peace even though it seem sad
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danb7273
I'm 56 and have every CB album, Mexican Moon being my favorite. Free was my 1st and Mankey with his signature style is 1 of my favorite guitarists.
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i been listening to the blonde since the 80's
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What a band! Love them........ . . . .
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A new favorite of mine. Thanks to Pandora I have passed Joey.
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