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Mark Eitzel
(January 30, 1959 - living) U.S.A.

Mark Eitzel



Born in Walnut Creek, California. Eitzel spent most of his formative years in a military family traveling to different areas of the world, including Ohio and the United Kingdom. He is openly gay.

His first bands were formed while he was in Columbus, Ohio. His first band was a punk band called the "Cowboys". They released one single in 1980. His second band was called the "The Naked Skinnies" and they released one single in 1981. He moved to San Francisco with The Naked Skinnies in 1981 where they disbanded in 1982. Eitzel formed "American Music Club" (AMC) in San Francisco in 1982. The band performed and created albums for twelve years, never very stable as a group. At one point, Eitzel also sang with San Francisco's "Toiling Midgets", and often recorded solo work while involved in AMC.

American Music Club disbanded in 1994, and Eitzel focused on his solo career, releasing 60 Watt Silver Lining in 1996. It was surprisingly smooth, jazz-pop departure. Following this, he released West in 1997 co-writing all of the songs with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, with whom he also toured. He followed up with Caught in a Trap and I Can't Back out 'Cause I Love You Too Much, Baby, assisted by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew.

Eitzel released more music in 2001, beginning with a more electronic turn in The Invisible Man. This was followed by two covers projects in 2002: Music for Courage and Confidence, which was material written by other songwriters, and The Ugly American, an album which included reinterpretations of American Music Club songs performed with a band of Greek traditional musicians.

American Music Club reformed in 2003, released an album and toured the United States and Europe. Eitzel released new solo material in 2005, Candy Ass.


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  • Everclear (1991)
  • Songs of Love (1991)
  • Mercury (1993)
  • San Francisco (1994)
  • 60 Watt Silver Lining (1996)
  • West (1997)
  • Caught in a trap and I can't back out 'cause I love you too much, baby (1998)
  • The Invisible Man (2001)
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