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Crooked Fingers was the solo project of singer/guitarist Eric Bachmann, best known as the longtime frontman for North Carolina indie rock institution Archers of Loaf. A onetime saxophone major at Appalachian State University, he co-founded the Archers in Chapel Hill in late 1991; quickly emerging as a major local favorite, the band's off-kilter noise pop broke through on national college radio two years later with the release of the single "Web in Front," followed by a series of acclaimed LPs including 1994's Icky Mettle and 1996's All the Nation's Airports. In 1995, Bachmann also teamed with producer Caleb Southern to form the instrumental project Barry Black, debuting with a self-titled LP on Alias; Tragic Animal Stories followed two years later. In the wake of Archers of Loaf's 1998 dissolution, Bachmann founded Crooked Fingers, debuting in early 2000 with a self-titled album issued on the WARM label. A collection of original songs, Bring on the Snakes, followed in 2001, but only one year later a cover EP featuring songs by Neil Diamond and Queen came out on Merge Records. Entitled Reservoir Songs, this was his debut for the label. The next year, Red Devil Dawn furthered his vision, allowing elements like horns and strings to creep into his melancholy indie pop. In 2005 Bachmann penned Dignity and Shame, a loosely tied conceptual piece based on the life of legendary bullfighter Manolete and his lover, Spanish actress Lope Sino. In 2006, going by his surname, Bachmann joined Saddle Creek and released To the Races, a minimal acoustic-based record. After reverting back to the pseudonym Crooked Fingers in 2008, Forfeit/Fortune was released for Red Pig/Constant Artists, Inc. and distributed exclusively at 20 North American independent record stores, handpicked by Bachmann himself. Bachmann spent some of 2011 playing reunion shows with Archers of Loaf, but found the time to work on new material for Crooked Fingers, releasing Breaks in the Armor through Merge Records later that year. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Crooked Fingers

Top Songs by
Crooked Fingers

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    Popularity
  2.   Islero
  3.   Call To Love
  4.   New Drink for the Old Drunk
  5.   Weary Arms
  6.   Dignity And Shame
  7.   Don't Say a Word
  8.   La Maleta Fea
  9.   Sweet Marie
  10.   Run, Lieutenant, Run
  11.   Big Darkness
  12.   Bad Man Coming
  13.   She Spread Her Legs and Flew Away
  14.   A Little Bleeding
  15.   Let's Not Pretend (To Be New Men)
  16.   Red Devil Dawn
  17.   Boy With (100) Hands
  18.   Valerie
  19.   Give and Be Taken
  20.   Angelina
  21.   Black Candles
  22.   Coldways
  23.   Black Black Ocean
  24.   Sinisteria
  25.   Wrecking Ball
  26.   Sleep All Summer
  27.   Juliette
  28.   Pigeon Kicker
  29.   Ship to Spain
  30.   Under Sad Stars
  31.   What Never Comes
  32.   When U Were Mine
  33.   Man Who Died of Nothing at All
  34.   Atchafalayan Death Waltz
  35.   Doctors of Deliverance
  36.   Sad Love
  37.   There's a Blue Light
  38.   Your Apocalypse
  39.   Hurricane
  40.   Cannibals
  41.   ¡No Me lo Des!
  42.   The Hatchet
  43.   Typhoon
  44.   Twilight Creeps
  45.   Broken Man
  46.   Destroyer
  47.   You Can Never Leave
  48.   She Tows the Line
  49.   Crowned in Chrome
  50.   Your Control
  51.   Under Pressure
  52.   The Rotting Strip
  53.   Disappear
  54.   Sunday Morning Coming Down
  55.   Every Dull Moment
  56.   Carrion Doves
  57.   Luisa's Bones
  58.   Andalucia
  59.   The River
  60.   Here Comes the Snakes
  61.   Solitary Man
  62.   Surrender Is Treason
  63.   Went to the City
  64.   You Must Build A Fire
  65.   Bad Blood
  66.   The Counterfeiter
  67.   Heavy Hours
  68.   Modern Dislocation
  69.   War Horses
  70.   Here Come the Snakes
  71.   Our New Favorite
  72.   Devils Train
  73.   Phony Revolutions
  74.   You Threw a Spark
  75.   Mansion on the Hill
  76.   Bonus Material
  77.   Long Black Veil
  78.   Tractor Rape Chain

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