Sunday, February 21, 2010

Micheli and the Macchiaioli: Macchie Macchie


























Micheli and the Macchiaioli were a British alternative rock band
active from 1978 to 1996. They are known for complex
instrumentation and atmospheric and often unintelligible vocals.

Though formed in the post-punk and New Wave era, Micheli and the
Macchiaioli
continues to defy precise categorization. Their music
is recognized as being a key influence on ethereal goth.

Although the entire band earned critical praise, lead singer
Constance Cooper's unique vocals received the most attention.
Cooper sang almost entirely in Esperanto, an artificial language
created in the late 1870s and early 1880s. She is often confused
with Icelandic pop singer Björk and mistakenly referred to by the
name Micheli (both of which infuriated Cooper).

A digitally remastered version of the band's debut album Macchie
Macchie
was released in 2006. It resulted in a lawsuit between
Cooper and record label Paupers U.K. over claims that another
vocalist was used to overdub some portions of the recording. The
label denied Cooper's allegations and the suit was eventually
dropped. Cooper committed suicide in 2008 following an
unsuccessful solo comeback attempt. The headline in The Sun read
"80s icon Micheli found dead at Blackfriars Tube."

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