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The Hope Blister

Band, 1997-1999 GB
Electronic and Rock

The Hope Blister were an ambient band, composed of singer Louise Rutkowski, former Levitation and then current Dark Star bass player Laurence O'Keefe and string arranger Audrey Riley. The band was founded by 4AD Records owner Ivo Watts-Russell and was something of a continuation of the This Mortal Coil project, but with a fixed line-up and focused on cover versions. The band released two albums ...smile's OK in 1998 and Underarms (featuring vocals by Momus' Nick Currie) in 1999, with the band splitting that year following Watts-Russell's retirement from the music industry. An expanded version of Underarms was released in 2005 as Underarms And Sideways, featuring a bonus disc of remixes.

     
Members
PortraitJohn Fryer
key *1958 GB
PortraitLouise Rutkowski
voc, bvoc GB
PortraitRichard Thomas
dr, sax GB
PortraitIvo Watts-Russell
key *1954
PortraitAudrey Riley
vc, str GB
PortraitLaurence O'Keefe
b, voc *1965 GB
Sue Dench
vl
PortraitChris Tombling
vn GB
PortraitLeo Payne
vn
Popular Tracks   
Sweet Unknown on ...Smile's OK by The Hope Blister
Dagger on ...Smile's OK by The Hope Blister
The Outer Skin on ...Smile's OK by The Hope Blister
Sideways 1 on Underarms & Sideways by The Hope Blister
Only Human on ...Smile's OK by The Hope Blister
Sideways 2 on Underarms & Sideways by The Hope Blister
Spider And I on ...Smile's OK by The Hope Blister
Sideways 3 on Underarms & Sideways by The Hope Blister
Let The Happiness In on ...Smile's OK by The Hope Blister
Sideways 4 on Underarms & Sideways by The Hope Blister

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Discography

Title Artist Year Type
Underarms And SidewaysThe Hope Blister2006Album
SidewaysThe Hope Blister2005Album
UnderarmsThe Hope Blister1999Album
...Smile's OKThe Hope Blister1998Album
...Smile's OKThe Hope Blister1998Single
...Smile's OKThe Hope Blister1998Album
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