Do you remember the arrival of English band Lloyd Cole and the Commotions’ debut album, Rattlesnakes? Dripping with literary references and 10 sparkling pop tunes – more, if you were an early adopter of something called the CD player – Lloyd Cole was the antithesis of what was topping the Australian charts (think Stevie Wonder’s I Just Called To Say I Love You) in 1984.

The band called it quits after three albums but Lloyd Cole, who turned 50 this week and has completed eight solo albums, still considers himself a Brit despite having spent more than a decade living in the Big Apple and a further decade in western Massachusetts.

If it sounds like a modest place to eke out a musician’s existence, that’s because it is. And it’s where Lloyd Cole was when he spoke to Coast Breakfast’s Tim Cox about his career, the creative process and becoming a latter-day banjo player.

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Publication: ABC Radio

Publication date: 02/02/11