The roots of Cleveland indie rock/post-punk institution My Dad Is Dead stretch all the way back to 1984. Led by Mark Edwards, early recordings featured little more than drum machine and guitar. By 1990, the time the Shine double 7″ EP was released by Scat Records, Edwards had incorporated other players—including bassist Chris Burgess and drummer Scott Pickering—but the core of the project remains him on his own, his Ian Curtis-style deadpan vocals and slacker guitar buzzing away. Join Marc and John as they drop the needle on this damaged gem and visit Bandcamp Daily for a fantastic overview of the project’s vast discography.

About The Spindle: The 7-inch record isn’t just a format—it’s an art form. On each episode of The Spindle podcast, music writer Marc Masters (Pitchfork, The Wire, Bandcamp) and music historian (and music maker) John Howard dive into a great 7-inch, dissecting its background, impact, and the reasons why it stands out as a small plastic piece of music history. 

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