Y Kant Tori Read

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Y Kant Tori Read
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Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Years active1984–1989
Labels Atlantic
Associated acts Kajagoogoo
Past members

Y Kant Tori Read was an American synthpop band fronted by singer-songwriter Tori Amos. The band released one album, also called Y Kant Tori Read , which was largely unsuccessful. Atlantic Records abandoned promoting the album completely after two months of release. The band originally consisted of Amos, Steve Caton, Matt Sorum (later of Guns N' Roses), and bassist Brad Cobb. They worked with record producer Joe Chiccarelli and Kim Bullard, later of Kajagoogoo. The name comes from an incident in Amos's childhood where she was asked to leave the Peabody Conservatory because she refused to read sheet music. [1]

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A music video for their song "The Big Picture" was made, but the only member of the band featured was Amos, since by then, unable to withstand pressure from Atlantic Records, she had jettisoned the rest of them with the exception of Steve Caton.

Two singles were released. The first, "The Big Picture", was commercially issued exclusively as a 7" vinyl single, and without a picture sleeve, though the 12" vinyl promo did have one. The second single, "Cool on Your Island", was issued as a cassette single and 7" vinyl single, this time with a picture sleeve; and in various promo 7" vinyl singles. Neither single was successful.

Discography

Album

Re-release

The 2017 Rhino Records re-release was made available on streaming services, with an additional limited (4000 copies) vinyl released for Fall 2017 Record Store Day. [2] [3]

Singles

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  2. Gerard, Chris (September 8, 2017). "Tori Amos Finally Lets Her '80s Flag Unfurl and Reissues "Y Kant Tori Read" After Three Decades". PopMatters. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
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