Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia in 1986, Mary My Hope made their initial – if short – splash on the UK rock scene after releasing their debut album, “Museum”, on Silvertone Records in June 1989, a label that’s probably best known for releasing the Stone Roses’ debut that same year. Mary My Hope’s initial exposure was during a UK tour supporting Stevenage gothic- rockers, Fields Of The Nephilim.
Teaming up with producer Hugh Jones, best known for his work with Echo And The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes and Simple Minds, among many others, the album was favourably compared to everyone from Zeppelin and Sabbath to Ziggy-era Bowie, Marc Bolan and Bauhaus, influences that the band would happily endorse. Receiving glowing reviews from the press, they were described by Melody Maker as writing, “songs about life, and death, and religion, and sanity… and end up writing hymns to impulse.”
Expanded with the stop-gap mini-album, “Monster Is Bigger Than The Man”, featuring a cover of Brian Eno’s ‘Needles In The Camel’s Eye’, plus the non-album B-Side ‘One Cigarette’, “Museum” has now been expanded with a whole CD of previously unreleased recordings courtesy of the band. These include six studio tracks for their shelved second album, plus half a dozen live tracks recorded on their June 1989 UK tour, as well as two tracks recorded in 1990 in Rennes, France, shortly before the band split up. This set also includes their raucous cover of the Bowie/Mott hit, ‘All The Young Dudes’.
The expanded booklet features an extensive liner note based on new interviews with guitarist Clint Steele and singer/guitarist James Hall. Bass guitarist Sven Pipien would eventually join Black Crowes, and now plays with Black Crowes off-shoot, Magpie Salute. Lead guitarist Clint Steele would later join New York’s Swans.