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The Auteurs

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Biography

Unfairly dismissed as the egotrip of acclaimed songwriter Luke Haines, The Auteurs were one of the unsung bands of the mid-nineties Britpop movement. Releasing their first record, New Wave, in 1993, the Auteurs were compared to Suede, and the resurgent glam-rock movement, and began to amass a reasonable cult following. 1994's second album, and commercial highlight, Now I'm A Cowboy, saw the band embracing at times a more contemporary sound, notably on the single Lenny Valentino, which probably remains Haines' best-known song. Now I'm A Cowboy was marked out by sprawling guitar lines as much as by Haines' inimitable lyrics, a kind of visceral social commentary. While touring this album in 1995, Haines jumped off a fifteen-foot wall, breaking both ankles, resulting in his being in a wheelchair for the rest of that year, recording the starker, angrier third album After Murder Park, most notable for the ballad-like lead single Unsolved Child Murder, released for Christmas at Haines own bidding. Following this, Haines took time out to work on other projects such as Black Box Recorder and Baader Meinhof, reforming the Auteurs in 1999 for the release of the mostly overlooked final album, How I Learned To Love The Bootboys.

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Top Songs

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  1.  
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    There were mourners on the street
    of every shape and size
    The motorcade came down from Redondo
    Assasins on the corner tried to throw you a line
    You dirty-mouth comic Rodolfo
    Lenny Valentino  -  89,172 plays
  2.  
    Lyrics
    For my bride
    Thought my life
    Would be right
    Took her bowling
    Got her high
    Show Girl  -  64,968 plays
  3.  
    Lyrics
    People 'round here
    don't like to talk about it
    Presumed dead
    Unsolved Child Murder
    Since they dragged the lake
    Unsolved Child Murder  -  42,655 plays
  4.  
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    Junk shop clothes
    Will get you nowhere
    They're out of season
    It's betrayal with no treason
    Junk shop clothes
    Junk Shop Clothes  -  41,722 plays
  5.  
    Lyrics
    Your star is descending
    Round here blindly
    Tell your dancing daughter
    That there's no room
    On the wing
    Bailed Out  -  37,763 plays
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