Five Beautiful Mark Linkous Songs

Mark Linkous, the man behind US indie cult band Sparklehorse, took his own life on Saturday (March 6). Here we pick out some of his most memorable moments.

‘Gold Day’
(2001 single, featured on ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’)
“Sparklehorse have once more made the unexpected something you can’t live without,” NME originally said of one of the finest cuts from ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, which also featured Nina Persson from The Cardigans on vocals.

(From 1998’s ‘Good Morning Spider’)
Featuring jazzy brass and a downbeat riff, ‘Painbirds’ is Linkous at his sombre best and is one of the best cuts on ‘Good Morning Spider’.

(From 2009’s ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’)
Although on his collaboration album with Danger Mouse and David Lynch, ‘Revenge’’s gently pressed piano hops were distinctively Linkous’, with The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne offering vocals to heartfelt effect.

‘Spirit Ditch’
(From 1995’s Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’)
On this dark lullaby-esque number Linkous sings about how he “woke up in a burned out basement” on one of his most sparse but affecting songs.

‘Happy Man (Memphis Version)’
(From 2000 EP ‘Distorted Ghost’)
This version of Sparklehorse’s rockiest song showed how though known for his slow downbeat moments, Linkous could rock out with the best of them.