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Dead Can Dance combine elements of European folk music -- particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance -- with ambient pop and worldbeat flourishes. Their songs are of lost beauty, regret and sorrow, inspiration and nobility, and of the everlasting human goal of attaining a meaningful existence. Over the course of their career, Dead Can Dance have featured a multitude of members, but two musicians have remained at the core of the band -- guitarist Brendan Perry and vocalist Lisa Gerrard. Perry had previously been the lead vocalist and bassist for the Australian-based punk band the Scavengers, a group that was never able to land a recording contract. In 1979, the band changed its name to the Marching Girls, but still wasn't able to sign a contract. The following year, Perry left the group and began experimenting with electronic music, particularly tape loops and rhythms. In 1981, Perry formed Dead Can Dance with Lisa Gerrard, Paul Erikson, and Simon Monroe. By 1982, Perry and Gerrard decided to relocate to London; Erikson and Monroe decided to stay in Australia. Within a year, Dead Can Dance had signed a record deal with 4AD. In the spring of 1984, they released their eponymous debut album, comprised of songs the pair had written in the previous four years. By the end of the year, the group had contributed two tracks to It'll End in Tears, the first album by This Mortal Coil, and had released an EP called Garden of the Arcane Delights. In 1985, Dead Can Dance released their second album, Spleen and Ideal. The album helped build their European cult following, peaking at number two on the U.K. indie charts. For the next two years, Dead Can Dance were relatively quiet, releasing only two new songs in 1986, both which appeared on the 4AD compilation Lonely Is an Eyesore. Within the Realm of a Dying Sun, the group's third album, appeared in 1986. In 1988, the band released its fourth album, The Serpent's Egg, and wrote the score for the Agustí Villaronga film El Niño de la Luna, which also featured Lisa Gerrard in her acting debut. Aion, Dead Can Dance's fifth album, was released in 1990. Also in 1990, the group toured America for the first time, earning rave reviews. The following year, the group was involved in various festivals and theatrical productions. In 1991, the compilation A Passage in Time was released on Rykodisc, making it the first American release of Dead Can Dance music. Early in 1993, the group provided the score to Baraka and contributed songs to Sahara Blue. In the fall of 1993, they released Into the Labyrinth, which became their first proper studio album to receive an American release. Into the Labyrinth was a cult success throughout the U.S. and Europe. It was followed by another American and European tour, which was documented on the 1994 album and film Toward the Within. In 1995, Lisa Gerrard released her debut solo album, The Mirror Pool. In the summer of 1996, Dead Can Dance released Spiritchaser and embarked on an international tour. The duo officially disbanded in 1999; Gerrard continued working as a solo artist and composed music for films such as Heat, The Insider, and Gladiator. Perry also established a solo career, issuing Eye of the Hunter in 2000. In 2001, Rhino released the band's first comprehensive box set, Dead Can Dance 1981-1998. Rumors of their reunion also began to swirl around this time; however, Gerrard's solo career remained steadfast. Her work with composer Patrick Cassidy, Immortal Memory, followed in 2004. Several months later, Gerrard and Perry made it official and reunited for a world tour. Dates in North America and Europe followed in 2005, while Rhino once more recognized the duo with a greatest-hits collection. Memento: The Very Best of Dead Can Dance appeared in October 2005. The band embarked on a world tour in August 2012 in support of the release of a brand-new studio album, Anastasis. The tour was documented on the 2013 release In Concert. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Vladimir Bogdanov
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Dead Can Dance

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Albums by
Dead Can Dance

Top Songs by
Dead Can Dance

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove
  3.   The Carnival Is Over
  4.   The Host of Seraphim
  5.   Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
  6.   Xavier
  7.   Amnesia
  8.   Severance
  9.   Kiko
  10.   Cantara
  11.   The Snake and the Moon
  12.   Echolalia
  13.   Anabasis
  14.   Black Sun
  15.   Musica Eternal
  16.   Mother Tongue
  17.   Chant of the Paladin
  18.   Oman
  19.   Song to the Siren
  20.   Lamma Bada
  21.   Children of the Sun
  22.   The Lotus Eaters
  23.   Bird
  24.   Summoning of the Muse
  25.   The Spider's Stratagem
  26.   Windfall
  27.   Song of Sophia
  28.   Avatar
  29.   Mesmerism
  30.   The Cardinal Sin
  31.   Nierika
  32.   Radharc
  33.   Saltarello
  34.   Tristan
  35.   Rakim
  36.   All in Good Time
  37.   Return of the She-King
  38.   Opium
  39.   Instrumental
  40.   Labour of Love
  41.   Piece for Solo Flute
  42.   Persian Love Song
  43.   How Fortunate the Man With None
  44.   Anywhere Out of the World
  45.   Advent
  46.   Enigma of the Absolute
  47.   Circumradiant Dawn
  48.   Song of the Nile
  49.   Indus
  50.   Song of the Stars
  51.   The Promised Womb
  52.   Wilderness
  53.   The End of Words
  54.   Fortune Presents Gifts Not According to the Book
  55.   The Arrival and the Reunion
  56.   I Am Stretched on Your Grave
  57.   American Dreaming
  58.   Ullyses
  59.   Dawn of the Iconoclast
  60.   Song of the Dispossessed
  61.   Devorzhum
  62.   Persephone (The Gathering of Flowers)
  63.   Dreams Made Flesh
  64.   Agape
  65.   Carnival of Light
  66.   The Protagonist
  67.   Wild in the Woods
  68.   A Passage in Time
  69.   Threshold
  70.   East of Eden
  71.   Ocean
  72.   Fortune
  73.   Frontier
  74.   The Trial
  75.   The Fatal Impact
  76.   The Arcane
  77.   In Power We Entrust the Love Advocated
  78.   In the Wake of Adversity
  79.   In the Kingdom of the Blind the One-Eyed Are Kings
  80.   Indoctrination (A Design for Living)
  81.   Dedicace Outo
  82.   The Song of the Sibyl
  83.   I Can See Now
  84.   The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  85.   Desert Song
  86.   Sanvean
  87.   Don't Fade Away
  88.   De Profundis (Out of the Depths of Sorrow)
  89.   The Garden of Zephirus Radharc
  90.   As the Bell Rings the Maypole Spins
  91.   Panacea
  92.   Flowers of the Sea
  93.   The Writing on My Father's Hand
  94.   Orbis de Ignis
  95.   Ascension
  96.   Penumbra
  97.   Mephisto