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Artist: Live

Live

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At least two artists exist named 'Live': 1. An American alternative rock band. 2. A progressive rock group from Germany 1. Live is an American alternative rock band that gained fame for their hit singles during the 90s, being perhaps best known for the international top 40 smashes "I Alone" and "Lightning Crashes". Characterized by an earnest approach to melodic songwriting and a spiritual zen lyrically, somewhat reminiscent of 'Joshua Tree'-era U2 and other arena-made artists, Live climbed from modest modern rock success to the mainstream spotlight worldwide on the strength of their 1994 breakthrough album. Titled 'Throwing Copper', the band has sold over six million copies of the release. Hailing from York, Pennsylvania, the group is comprised of Ed Kowalczyk (lead vocals & guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums). Since approximately 1999, Live has toured with Ed’s younger brother, Adam Kowalczyk as a rhythm guitarist, and, previously, British keyboardist Michael “Railo” Railton. Kowalczyk, Taylor, Dahlheimer, and Gracey first came together for a middle-school talent show in the Pennsylvania blue-collar town of York. The group remained together throughout high school, going through a handful of band names and new-wave covers before settling on the moniker Public Affection and recording a self-released cassette of originals, The Death of a Dictionary, in 1989. Frequent trips into New York to play at CBGB helped net the band a deal with Radioactive Records in 1991. With the new name Live, the band entered the studio with former Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison that year and began recording the EP Four Songs. The single “Operation spirit (the tyranny of tradition)” went to #9 on the Modern Rock chart, and paved the way for the band’s Harrison-produced, full-length debut, 1991’s Mental Jewelry (#73). The album lyrics, penned by Kowalczyk, were heavily inspired by Indian guru Jiddu Krishnamurti. Fueled by heavy touring (including billing at Woodstock ‘94 and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD tour) and a string of hit singles (“I Alone”, “All Over You” and the #1 Modern Rock hits “Selling the drama” and “Lightning crashes”), their next album, Throwing Copper, went to #1 in 1994. It is their best-selling, and o
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Throwing Copper

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The Distance to Here

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Secret Samadhi

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V

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Mental Jewelry

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Lightning Crashes

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I Alone

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Selling The Drama

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All Over You

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The Dolphin's Cry

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Run To The Water

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Lakini's Juice

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