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The Dears

The Dears, a loose collective of Montreal-area musicians formed in 1995, are led by the charismatic Murray Lightburn. Citing Serge Gainsbourg as a major influence, the Dears combine cabaret-style vocals with a moody, intense brand of orchestral pop/rock. Lightburn's vision for the band is to create music out of real emotions, often giving his performances the feel of a musical therapy session. Given the level of intensity that this vision can require, it's not surprising that the Dears have endured numerous member defections, including a guitarist, a drummer, and two bass players. The Dears released their debut CD, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, on Grenadine Records in 2000. In early 2001, they recorded the follow-up, tentatively titled Deuxième Partie, and in 2004, the critically acclaimed full-length No Cities Left was released. Lightburn and longtime Dears keyboardist Natalia Yanchak were married the following year, and in 2006 the band released the stripped-down Gang of Losers. Missiles arrived in 2008, followed by the group's fifth studio album, the Polaris Music Prize-nominated Degeneration Street, in 2011. In 2013 Lightburn issued a solo LP, and in 2015 the Dears returned with the first installment of a two-part album called Times Infinity, Vol. 1, with the second volume arriving in the summer of 2017. ~ Robert Kaups
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Stations Featuring
The Dears

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    New Indie First
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    Top Indie

    Top Indie
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    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
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    Indie Party

    Indie Party
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    New Alternative First

    1 song

    Progressive Rock

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Albums by
The Dears

Top Songs by
The Dears

  1.   Song
  2.   1998
  3.   Blood
  4.   Ticket to Immortality
  5.   Omega Dog
  6.   Thrones
  7.   Of Fisticuffs
  8.   Disclaimer
  9.   I Used To Pray for the Heavens To Fall
  10.   Crisis 1 & 2
  11.   Lost in the Plot
  12.   The Second Part
  13.   This Is a Broadcast
  14.   Unsung
  15.   No Hope Before Destruction
  16.   Lamentation
  17.   There Is No Such Thing as Love
  18.   Protest (Parallel)
  19.   Pinned Together, Falling Apart
  20.   [Untitled Track]
  21.   End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story
  22.   Meltdown in A Major
  23.   Someday All This Will Be Yours
  24.   Hate Then Love
  25.   Warm and Sunny Days
  26.   Times Infinity 1
  27.   Money Babies
  28.   Heathrow or Deathrow
  29.   Here's to the Death of All the Romance
  30.   You Can't Get Born Again
  31.   To Hold and Have
  32.   Lamentations
  33.   Degeneration Street
  34.   Saviour
  35.   Demons
  36.   You and I Are a Gang of Losers
  37.   Bandwagoneers
  38.   There Goes My Outfit
  39.   Summer of Protest
  40.   Postcard from Purgatory
  41.   22: The Death of All the Romance
  42.   Expect the Worst/'Cos She's a Tourist
  43.   Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?
  44.   Where the World Begins and Ends
  45.   Jazz Waltz No. 3 in B-Flat
  46.   C'Était pour la Passion
  47.   No Return
  48.   [Untitled Track]
  49.   Dream Job
  50.   Acoustic Guitar Phase
  51.   Onward and Downward
  52.   We Lost Everything
  53.   Partir, Par Terre
  54.   We Can Have It
  55.   Tiny Man
  56.   1854
  57.   Death or Life We Want You
  58.   Never Destroy Us
  59.   Torches
  60.   Sinthtro
  61.   Fear Made the World Go 'Round
  62.   [Untitled Track]
  63.   Lights Off
  64.   Stick w/Me Kid
  65.   5 Chords
  66.   Galactic Tides
  67.   Berlin Heart
  68.   Easy Suffering
  69.   I Fell Deep
  70.   Find Our Way to Freedom
  71.   Missiles
  72.   Don't Lose the Faith
  73.   Hell Hath Frozen in Your Eyes
  74.   Raise the Dead
  75.   Yesteryear
  76.   Face of Horrors
  77.   Heartless Romantic
  78.   I'm Sorry That I Wished You Dead
  79.   Heaven, Have Mercy on Us
  80.   Whites Only Party
  81.   Ballad of Humankindness
  82.   All the Hail Marys
  83.   Autotomy
  84.   No Cities Left

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