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Throwing Muses

One of the greatest college bands of the '80s, Throwing Muses was formed in 1983 by guitarist/vocalist Kristin Hersh and her half-sister guitarist/vocalist Tanya Donelly with a few friends from high school. In 1986, the group's debut album was put out by the prestigious British label 4AD; Throwing Muses was the first American band to be released on that label. Throwing Muses' angular, anguished, mercurial sound had much to do with Hersh's mental illness (she suffered from a form of bipolarity that caused her to hallucinate), especially on early albums like House Tornado. Released in 1991, The Real Ramona marked a break from the heaviness of the previous albums, with lots of shimmery pop gems penned both by Hersh and Donelly, who contributed at least one song per album throughout her stay in the band.

Creative tensions between the two songwriters rose until Donelly left in 1992 to play with the Breeders and ultimately form Belly. That year Hersh re-formed the Muses with drummer David Narcizo and released the band's fourth album, Red Heaven. After that, Hersh released a solo album and toured extensively, leaving fans to wonder about the status of the Muses. In 1995, however, Hersh and the rest of the Muses (Narcizo and bassist Bernard Georges) released University, one of the band's most cohesive and accessible efforts. University was followed by Limbo in 1996.

The group's dissolution was announced soon after, with Hersh continuing on as a solo artist. In a Doghouse, a collection of rare early Muses material, followed in 1998. In spring 2000, the Muses reunited for a special event called the Gut Pageant, which featured a set from Hersh, Narcizo, Bernard Georges, and Robert Rust, as well as a solo performance by Hersh, short films by Narcizo, and a picnic lunch hosted by the group. During three weekends in 2002, the trio got together to record another album; released the same day in 2003 as Hersh's The Grotto, Throwing Muses (self-titled, just like their debut) was the group's rawest, loudest album. Donelly provided background vocals on some of the songs. Hersh and Georges subsequently recorded and toured as two-thirds of 50 Foot Wave, and Hersh continued her solo work. In 2011, the Muses assembled Anthology, a double-disc compilation of favorites and B-sides, and toured in support of it. Two years later, Hersh reunited with Narcizo and Georges for Purgatory/Paradise, a sprawling 32-track album accompanied by a book designed by Narcizo. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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This has been my favorite band ever since I heard their first album a year or two after it came out. Their first record sounds like it just had to come out of Kristen exactly the way it came out on the record. I can't remember the producer, Ivo???, who is a genius who put a heavy thumbprint on all the records he produced. I don't he did anything but hit the record button on their first record. He couldn't improve it so he got out of Kristen's way. And that's saying something.
Possibly one of the best bands of all times.
albums don't get much better than the real ramona
I've always like the Muses but not the soft, mellow, self-indulge n t stuff. I much prefer the power-pop-al t e r n a t i v e rockers. If your taste is towards the heavier stuff like me, 'Limbo' is the best place to start, by far my favorite release.
Saw them last in 2011; can hardly wait for the new album!
btluttbeg
Yes, but a very old picture.
I loved the Real Ramona. Never heard any of the other ones. i will have to start.

fishfreak ft . lauderdale
spensoid
Is that really a picture of the band? Just wondering.
jkleven
How can there be a discography without including "House Tornado"? That is just lazy journalism. I think Hersh is a legitimate misunderstoo d genius.
bob.stokes
no mention of 50 ft wave? Hmm...saw these gals play often in their prime. Hersh was this tiny, cute girl who had this crazy huge sound that just seemed to explode from her. tons of charisma, awesome performer.
raphaellorr
never saw muses, saw Hersch about 2005, great show. catch it if you can, University is a great album
Where's University?
Hunkpapa is one of those albums from my youth that can instantly transport me back in time when heard today. Unique and atmospheric, I love it.
I've been listening to Throwing muses since the 4AD boxed set Lonely Is An Eyesore. Kristen Hersh is probably the most consistently a**-kicking song writer/singe r / a r t i s t . I have had the luck to see her perform a few times and am amazed she has been able to pull of her entire lifestyle by being so dedicated to being...real .
I also subscribe to her CASH music project- an investment into the future, check it out.
Their sound is so.......... . . c c c c c c c c c c c o o o o o o o o o o o l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l

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