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Scott Walker

One of the most enigmatic figures in rock history, Scott Walker was known as Scotty Engel when he cut obscure flop records in the late '50s and early '60s in the teen idol vein. He then hooked up with John Maus and Gary Leeds to form the Walker Brothers. They weren't named Walker, they weren't brothers, and they weren't English, but they nevertheless became a part of the British Invasion after moving to the U.K. in 1965. They enjoyed a couple of years of massive success there (and a couple of hits in the U.S.) in a Righteous Brothers vein. As their full-throated lead singer and principal songwriter, Walker was the dominant artistic force in the group, who split in 1967.

While remaining virtually unknown in his homeland, Walker launched a hugely successful solo career in Britain with a unique blend of orchestrated, almost MOR arrangements with idiosyncratic and morose lyrics. At the height of psychedelia, Walker openly looked to crooners like Sinatra, Jack Jones, and Tony Bennett for inspiration, and to Jacques Brel for much of his material. None of those balladeers, however, would have sung about the oddball subjects -- prostitutes, transvestites, suicidal brooders, plagues, and Joseph Stalin -- that populated Walker's songs. His first four albums hit the Top Ten in the U.K. -- his second, in fact, reached number one in 1968, in the midst of the hippie era. By the time of 1969's Scott 4, the singer was writing all of his material. Although this was perhaps his finest album, it was a commercial disappointment, and unfortunately discouraged him from relying entirely upon his own material on subsequent releases.

The '70s were a frustrating period for Walker, pocked with increasingly sporadic releases and a largely unsuccessful reunion with his "brothers" in the middle of the decade. His work on the Walkers' final album in 1978 prompted admiration from David Bowie and Brian Eno. After a long period of hibernation, he emerged in 1984 with an album, Climate of Hunter, that drew critical raves for a minimalist, trance-like ambience that showed him keeping abreast of cutting-edge '80s rock trends. This notoriously reclusive figure, who has rarely been interviewed or even seen in public since his days of stardom, emerged from hibernation in 1995 with a new album, Tilt.

During the next several years, he contributed to soundtracks (To Have and to Hold, The World Is Not Enough, Pola X) and assisted with recordings by Ute Lemper and Pulp. He didn't release another album until 2006. That year, Walker also contributed the track "Darkness" to Plague Songs for the Margate Exodus project, curated by the British arts organization Artangel. The concept centered around the retelling of the ten plagues of Egypt as recorded in the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament. In early 2007, the documentary film Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, premiered. Later that year, Walker released the limited-edition EP And Who Shall Go to the Ball? And What Shall Go to the Ball? Commissioned as a work for ballet by the Candoco Dance Company, it was comprised of a single piece of instrumental music, 24 minutes in length, performed by the London Sinfonietta and cellist Philip Sheppard.

In November of 2008, the musical theater work Drifting and Tilting: The Songs of Scott Walker was staged at London's Barbican over three evenings. It was comprised of songs from Tilt and The Drift. Walker did not perform, but directed the work from conception to execution including staging, lighting, and orchestra. The vocals were performed by various singers, including Damon Albarn, Dot Allison, and Jarvis Cocker. In 2009 the album Music Inspired by Scott Walker: 30 Century Man appeared, featuring songs inspired by the film sung by Laurie Anderson and other female Walker devotees. Also in 2009, Walker duetted with British singer Natasha Khan on her Bat for Lashes album Two Suns. In 2012 he released Bish Bosch. He regarded it as the third and final part of the trilogy that began with Tilt and continued on The Drift.

Given the long years that normally passed between his recordings, Walker shocked fans and critics alike when he announced in mid-2014 that he'd completed a collaborative album with metal drone experimentalists Sunn 0))). Soused was released by 4AD in October, less than two years after Bish Bosch. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Bish Bosch

1. 'See You Don't Bump His Head'

2. Corps De Blah

3. Phrasing

4. SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)

5. Epizootics!

6. Dimple

7. Tar

8. Pilgrim

9. The Day The "Conducator" Died

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Track List: And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?

Title: And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?

1. And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?: Part 1

2. And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?: Part 2

3. And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?: Part 3

4. And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?: Part 4

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Track List: The Drift

1. Cossacks Are

2. Clara

3. Jesse

4. Jolson And Jones

5. Cue

6. Hand Me Ups

7. Buzzers

8. Psoriatic

9. The Escape

10. A Lover Loves

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Track List: Classics And Collectibles

Disc 1

1. If You Go Away

5. It's Over

6. Joanna

7. Angels Of Ashes

8. Mathilde

9. Winter Night

11. Jackie

12. The Bridge

13. It's Raining Today

15. Such A Small Love

16. Rhymes Of Goodbye

17. Big Louise

18. Next

19. Til The Band Comes In

20. Plastic Palace People

21. Butterfly

Disc 2

1. The Me I Never Knew

2. We Could Be Flying

3. I Have Dreamed

4. The Gentle Rain

5. I Still See You

7. Do I Love You

8. Country Girl

10. When The World Was Young

13. Someone To Light Up My Life

14. The Impossible Dream

15. Who (Will Take My Place)

16. When You Get Right Down To It

18. Cowboy

20. All My Love's Laughter

23. Lost In The Stars

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Track List: 5 Easy Pieces

Disc 1

7. Mrs. Murphy

8. Montague Terrace (In Blue)

9. Such A Small Love

11. It's Raining Today

12. Rosemary

13. Big Louise

14. Angels Of Ashes

15. Hero Of The War

16. Time Operator

17. Joe

Disc 2

7. When Joanna Loved Me

8. Joanna

9. Angelica

10. Always Coming Back To You

11. The Bridge

12. Best Of Both Worlds

13. Two Weeks Since You've Gone

14. On Your Own Again

Disc 3

1. Jackie

2. Mathilde

3. The Girls And The Dogs

4. Amsterdam

5. Next

6. The Girls From The Streets

7. My Death

8. Sons Of

9. If You Go Away

10. Copenhagen

11. We Came Through

12. 30 Century Man

13. Rhymes Of Goodbye

14. Thanks For Chicago Mr. James

15. Cowbells Shakin'

18. Rawhide

19. Blanket Roll Blues

20. Tilt

21. Patriot

Disc 4

2. Plastic Palace People

3. Boy Child

8. Dealer

9. Track 3

10. Sleepwalkers Woman

11. Track 5

12. Farmer In The City

13. The Cockfighter

14. Bouncer See Bouncer

15. Face On Breast

Disc 5

5. The Seventh Seal

17. Only Myself To Blame

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Track List: Tilt

1. Farmer In The City

2. The Cockfighter

3. Bouncer See Bouncer

4. Manhattan

5. Face On Breast

6. Bolivia

7. Patriot (A Single)

8. Tilt

9. Rosary

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Track List: Boy Child

1. Montague Terrace (In Blue)

2. Such A Small Love

4. The Amorous Humphrey Plugg

5. The Girls From The Streets

6. Plastic Palace People

7. The Bridge

8. It's Raining Today

9. Copenhagen

10. Big Louise

11. We Came Through

12. The Seventh Seal

13. On Your Own Again

14. Boy Child

15. The Old Man's Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Stalinist Regime)

16. Angels Of Ashes

17. Prologue

18. Little Things (That Keep Us Together)

19. Time Operator

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Track List: Scott 4

1. The Seventh Seal

2. On Your Own Again

3. The World's Strongest Man

4. Angels Of Ashes

5. Boy Child

6. Hero Of The War

7. The Old Man's Back Again

8. Duchess

9. Get Behind Me

10. Rhymes Of Goodbye

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Track List: Scott 3

1. It's Raining Today

2. Copenhagen

3. Rosemary

4. Big Louise

5. We Came Through

6. Butterfly

7. Two Ragged Soldiers

8. 30 Century Man

9. Winter Night

10. Two Weeks Since You've Gone

11. Sons Of

12. Funeral Tango

13. If You Go Away

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Track List: Scott 2

1. Jackie

2. Best Of Both Worlds

3. Black Sheep Boy

4. The Amorous Humphrey Plugg

5. Next

6. The Girls From The Streets

7. Plastic Palace People

8. Wait Until Dark

9. The Girls And The Dogs

10. Windows Of The World

11. The Bridge

12. Come Next Spring

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Track List: Scott

1. Mathilde

2. Montague Terrace (In Blue)

3. Angelica

4. The Lady Came From Baltimore

5. When Joanna Loved Me

6. My Death

7. The Big Hurt

8. Such A Small Love

9. You're Gonna Hear From Me

10. Through A Long And Sleepless Night

11. Always Coming Back To You

12. Amsterdam

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lluck48
Brings me to tears.
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I first heard this song in 1967 in Japan shortly after arriving from Vietnam. Left the world in mid 1965 until June 1967. This song The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore could have been a theme song in Nam. It brings back great memories - instead - of 6 great months in Japan.
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dragonlady60 8 8
Great song
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maybe the greatest rock voice of all time
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270 likes, WOW!!!!!!
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No idea what he's singing about... beyond the obvious. But Nite Flights and Montague Terrace make it all ok. I'm not so much into his completely obscure weirdo material but given how much I enjoy some of his other pieces I'm willing to believe that I'm just not evolved enough for the deep stuff.
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VERY NICE BLUE EYED SOUL FROM THE MAN!
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Love this one-especial l y the Horns near the end before the final crescendo--g o o s e b u m p s always!
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Mr. Walker is one of those artist's that will never be fully understood even to himself. He has some very good work apart from the more popular walker bro's. His music is anything but conventional . He sings very deep poetry against a vast orchestral back drop. His music is more theatrical than most. Overall i believe he will always stand the test of time
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romanferrer
Saw a great documentary about Scott Walker a while back--hooked on his music ever since. A very interesting character and story. If you appreciate art and music learn more about this man and his work.
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claricentp91 7
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I'm making around $70+ daily by just answering surveys from home. You can do the same thing just visit BLUDOS.COM (tHANK mE).
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The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore will always bring back some great memories of the 6 months I spent in Japan after 2 years in Vietnam - removed from all music. I think I may have played the song every night I was in a bar, which was every night I wasn't on duty.
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Now we know where eno&bowie pinched that sound from.
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Love the Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore! A blast from the past! He does have an amazing voice!
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I will always remember the song In My Room. during the time the Walker Brothers were recording in Great Britain.
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I love his voice! He was blessed with such an amazing voice.
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rosaliegk2
this man has a terrific, beautiful singing voice.
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the song was written it was sung and we swayed... the sun aint gonna shine anymore pop magnificense
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Scott Walkers music does something very little music does- it matters- it changes your innerness into a more wide awake powerfull participant in the world - it creates appreciation just by the experience of it.
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this band suckz i hate this band they just dont hav a good sound so blaaaaaaaaaa a a
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"Jackie". An interesting tune. I'll now listen for more of Mr. Walker.
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The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore----- - - - - - - t e n d e r love
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That man has possibly the most amazing voice to ever come out of a human being.
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scott walker changed me from a frog into a large lizard and i am forever thankful. I now sleep with a hammock in the rain on my porch with an I-Pod loaded with Walkers tunes.

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