31 Songs Of Halloween: Concrete Blonde: Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)

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  • 16.10.16

Concrete Blonde was one of the most underrated, unsung heroes of the nineties' alternative rock universe, having started back in the mid-eighties and released a total of five albums while in their prime, before disbanding and reuniting for a couple of times in the 2000s.

Right in the middle of this 1986 to 1993 run, shines Bloodletting, an album that finds the band turning direction from alt-rock to gothic rock in a time when the genre was booming with loads of excellent bands. Despite the fact that the gothic rock competition was strong, Concrete Blonde did not go in unprepared. Bloodletting, heavily influenced by Anne Rice's distinguished Vampire Chronicles series of novels, became the band's best known album and got the "deluxe reissue" treatment in 2010, getting some well deserved, still late recognition twenty years after its original release.

The title track features the guest vocals of Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn, while the rest of the album includes more guest appearances by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Wall Of Voodoo's Andy Prieboy, from David Bowie's band, Gail Ann Dorsey, and mega producer John Keane.

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