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Crooked Fingers

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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Crooked Fingers

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Crooked Fingers

Top Songs by
Crooked Fingers

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

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