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Marty Willson-Piper
Marty Willson-Piper
The guitarist and songwriter for the Church, Marty Willson-Piper has recorded several solo albums, some of which have been released in America. Art Attack (1988), his first, includes six tracks from the Australian-only In Reflection. Rhyme (1989) and Spirit Level (1992) have also appeared on Rykodisc. Willson-Piper spent the remainder of the decade focusing on his Church duties before returning to solo recording with 2000's Hanging Out in Heaven. A blue-ribbon collaborator, Willson-Piper also moonlighted in a number of notable bands (including Cinerama, All About Eve, and the Saints), as well as working alongside artists as diverse as Tom Verlaine and Aimee Mann. His Noctorum side project (with longtime friend Andy "Dare" Mason) spawned two releases in the mid- to late 2000s and an appearance on a Dusty Springfield tribute album. Three live recordings also saw the light in the 2000s, with sets documented at the Knitting Factory, Fine Line Cafe, and Other Side. By 2008, Willson-Piper had another album's worth of solo material ready for the studio, and he released his sixth solo effort, Nightjar, in 2009. ~ John Bush & J. Scott McClintock, Rovi
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