Tired Eyes Slowly Burning

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Tired Eyes Slowly Burning
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Recorded1985 (track 6), 1986 (tracks 7–10), June 7–8, 1987 (tracks 1–6)
Studio Mushroom Studios, Vancouver
Label Nettwerk
The Tear Garden chronology
Tired Eyes Slowly Burning
The Last Man to Fly
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Calgary Herald Favorable [2]
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Tired Eyes Slowly Burning is the debut album of the Canadian band The Tear Garden, released in 1987 through Nettwerk. It is the band's first studio album, preceded by their self-titled EP released a year prior. That EP is appended to the end of Tired Eyes Slowly Burning as tracks 7 to 10.

The Tear Garden

The Tear Garden is a psychedelic/experimental/electronic band, formed by Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy in 1985 after Key served as a sound engineer on tour in Canada for Ka-Spel. An EP, The Tear Garden, was released that same year. The pair have since released a number records with the assistance of various guest musicians. Their most recent release, The Brown Acid Caveat, was released in July 2017.

Nettwerk Music Publisher

Nettwerk Music Group is the umbrella company for Nettwerk Records, Nettwerk Management, and Nettwerk One Publishing.


Critical reception

AllMusic critic Sean Carruthers wrote, "it mixes together to create a dreamy electronic mix that owes something to both Skinny Puppy and The Legendary Pink Dots, but is nonetheless totally different. Think Pink Floyd on a scary electronic acid trip and you're getting close." [1] James Muretich of the Calgary Herald felt the album was more enjoyable than the output of Ka-Spel and Key's respective bands at the time, and said that it "engrosses the senses with its eerie but enticing psychedelic/electronic sound". [2] Tom harrison of The Province likened the album to the work of Pink Floyd and praised the two musicians for leaving their comfort zone to produce an album that he thought was "palpably romantic". [3]

AllMusic online music database

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Skinny Puppy band

Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre. Initially envisioned as an experimental side project by cEvin Key while he was in the new wave band Images in Vogue, Skinny Puppy evolved into a full-time project with the addition of vocalist Nivek Ogre. Over the course of a dozen studio albums and many live tours, Key and Ogre have been the only constant members. Other members have included Dwayne Goettel (1986–1995), Dave "Rave" Ogilvie, Mark Walk (2003–present), and a number of guests, including Bill Leeb, Al Jourgensen (1989), and many others.

The Legendary Pink Dots band

The Legendary Pink Dots (LPD) are an Anglo-Dutch experimental rock band formed in London in August 1980. In 1984 the band moved to Amsterdam, playing with rotating musicians and having, as core members, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Edward Ka-Spel and keyboardist Phil Knight. As of 2012, the group is composed of Edward Ka-Spel, Phil Knight, Erik Drost (guitars) and Raymond Steeg.

Track listing

All songs written by cEvin Key and Edward Ka-Spel.

1."Deja Vu"4:48
2."Room with a View"6:06
5."You and Me and Rainbows" (Parts One to Six)16:46
6."Oo Ee Oo"5:16
7."The Center Bullet"9:46
9."Tear Garden"4:50
10."My Thorny Thorny Crown"3:57
Total length:69:58


Personnel adapted from liners notes. [4]

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  1. 1 2 Carruthers, Sean. "Tired Eyes Slowly Burning - The Tear Garden". allmusic.com. AllMusic . Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  2. 1 2 Muretich, James (January 23, 1988). "The Tear Garden: Tired Eyes Slowly Burning (Nettwerk)". Calgary Herald : B6.
  3. 1 2 Harrison, Tom (January 31, 1988). "The Tear Garden: Tired Eyes Slowly Burning (Nettwerk)". The Province : 73.
  4. "Tired Eyes Slowly Burning Discogs entry (includes liner notes)". discogs.com. Discogs . Retrieved January 24, 2018.