With a combination of smooth baritone, complementary and haunting bass-lines and saxophone riffs that envelope the listener in a feel of underground jazz, Morphine appears to be appropriately named. The listener always feels as though they’re listening to Morphine on a vinyl record, and once you start, much like the drug reputation of the drug the band is named after, you cannot stop.
Morphine was originally formed in 1989 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. All throughout the 90’s, Morphine brought their dark jazz undertone to the experimental rock genre. The band produced 5 studio albums, Good (1992), Cure for Pain (1993), Yes (1995), Like Swimming (1997) and The Night (2000), the band also released 8 singles between 1993-1999, one of the most popular being “Buena” (1993). However, their producing as a band came to an end in 1999 when the lead frontman, bassist and vocalist Mark Sandman, died from a heart attack. Though the band is no longer producing music, their sound remains timely and classically satisfying to listen to.
Morphine’s uniquely groovy sound is actually very diverse in feel.
There are many settings that Morphine has an appropriate song for. Whether it’s sultry saxophone or upbeat dancey vibes, Morphine comes to the rescue.
“You see I met a devil named buena buena
And since I met the devil I ain’t been the same, oh no
And I feel alright now I have to tell you
I think it’s time for me to finally introduce you to the
Buena buena buena buena good good girl”