Crazy Horse

Tonight’s the night we explore the Neil Young connection…

Fucking Up (Live):

Fucking Up (Live)

This Cracker b-side from 1994 was recorded live at the Metro in Chicago and features Mark Linkous on lead vocals. Mark was a roadie for the band in the early nineties and this would prove to be the start of a long running creative collaboration with band leader David Lowery. The track is no longer commercially available…

After The Gold Rush

Mark revisits Neil Young’s “Burnt Out Basement” in the lyrics of Spirit Ditch…

Cortez The Killer (Live)

In June 1999 Sparklehorse joined forces with Mercury Rev for a double headline tour of North America. On at least one occasion Mark joined Mercury Rev on stage to sing a verse of this perennial live favourite…


It was reported in 2000 that Mark had recorded a cover of Powderfinger at his home studio. No recording has ever emerged…

Albuquerque (Live):

Albuquerque (Live)

This live cover was recorded at the Fez Under Time in New York on the 19th June 2001. Mark is backed by Scott Minor, Alan Weatherhead, Margaret White and Kendall Meade. One of only a handful of US dates that year, the show was made even more special by the surprise guest appearance of Polly Harvey on the songs Eyepennies and Piano Fire…

On The Beach (Live):

On The Beach (Live)

Here we find Nina Persson’s band A Camp on tour in support of their Mark Linkous produced debut album. While Mark may not have contributed directly to this live cover it was just too good not to include. Recorded at the Burgerhaus Stollwerck in Cologne, Germany on the 4th October 2001…

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Distorted Ghosts: Part Two

A few more sparkling spirits from the vaults…

Dead Opera Star (BBC Radio 1):

Dead Opera Star (BBC Radio 1)

Rare outing for this little played gem. Recorded live for the Mark Radcliffe Show on the 19th August 1996. Mark is accompanied by his regular 1996 touring band: Scott Minor, Paul Watson and Scott Fitzsimmons.

Ghost Up In The Sky (Live):

Ghost Up In The Sky (Live)

Not to be confused with Ghost In The Sky this is an unreleased song recorded live on the 30th September 2003 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Sparklehorse were opening for REM on a six date leg of their North American tour. Mark is backed here by brother Matt Linkous, sister in law Melissa Moore and Scott Minor.

We’re gonna fade into the black
When rusty knives fall from their backs
And one more fire melting blaze
Lonely eyes look at my face
Wanna be on fire
Like a wheel up high
Wanna be a ghost
Up in the sky, the sky
Won’t be no pony in our way
No bony bloody hands of fate
Won’t be no mountains of day
Oppressing spiders of decay
Wanna be on fire
Wanna be on trial
Wanna be a ghost
Up in the sky, the sky, the sky

Casper The Friendly Ghost (BBC Radio 1):

Casper The Friendly Ghost (BBC Radio 1)

In July 2008 Mark toured the UK and Europe in Daniel Johnston’s backing band with Jad Fair, James McNew, Norman Blake, Emma Niblett and Kristian Goddard. The tour included a stop at the BBC’s historic Maida Vale Studios in London to record an eleven song session for Rob Da Bank including this spooky Johnston classic…

To be continued……….

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