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04 Apr

The Forgotten Ones: Merril Bainbridge

I decided to add a new category today called “The Forgotten Ones.” Lately I’ve been listening to some recordings that may or may not have been popular at the time of their release, however these days the songs, albums, and sometimes the artists themselves seem to have been forgotten. Have you ever found yourself listening to a certain recording and thinking “I wonder if I’m the only person in the world listening to this right now.” We all have these forgotten ones in our collection so I thought I might highlight some that are in mine.

First up, Merril Bainbridge. A singer/songwriter from Australia, she hit here in the States in 1996 with the cheeky tune “Mouth,” which hit number four on the Billboard chart and was a certified gold single. Although the song was bouncy and fun, other songs on her disc “The Garden” were superior and not as cutesy as “Mouth.” The opening track “Garden in My Room” sets the tone with a dark, sensual sound. From the more rock-leaning “Sleeping Dogs” to a acoustic take on Pet Shop Boys “Being Boring,” the disc is full of surprises you wouldn’t expect after hearing the initial hit.

Bainbridge released one more album in 1998 called “Between the Days,” which failed to do anything. Although a solid disc, it just wasn’t in the same league as “The Garden.” I think it is a special album and one that I always seem to listen to on a warm spring day. If I have this playing with others around, I’m usually asked who it is because they really dig it, so that always a good test for quality music.

She attempted a comeback in 2003, but it never really came to fruition. It seems these days she is writing songs for other Australian pop artists, which is not a bad gig at all. It is unfortunate that “Mouth” is all she is really known for because she offered so much more. It’s spring now and I just listed to this disc. I suggest checking her out and seeing if “The Garden” can fit in your spring rotation.

 

 

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