Among Georgia-based imitators of REM,
James Hall's Mary My Hope distinguished themselves because of an almost
gothic spleen. The most interesting songs on
Museum (Silvertone, 1989), such as
Wildman Childman and Communion, even foretold
Smashing Pumpkins. Their art at the border of
grunge, folk and pop ended abruptly after the single
Suicide Kings (Silvertone, 1990).
James Hall, a Texas native who had been raised in Nashville,
started a solo career with
My Love Sex And Spirit (Daemon, 1993). The feeling is as dark as on
Gun Club records, but the music is glam-rock
with a jazz influence (So Precious, Spade).
Hall became an assured and consummated entertainer with
Pleasure Club (Geffen, 1996), although his theatrics got a little
out of hand. Pleasure Club, Heatwave Radio and
Illingness are catchy and melodramatic, without being predictable.
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