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Morphine — Buena
Album: Cure For Pain
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Total ratings: 2438









Released: 1993
Length: 3:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I hear a voice from the back of the room
I hear a voice cry out
We want something good

Well come on a little closer let me see your face
Yeah come on a little closer by the front of the stage
I said come on a little closer I got something to say
Yeah come on a little closer wanna see your face

You see I met a devil named buena buena
And since I met the devil I ain't been the same, oh no
And I feel alright now I have to tell you
I think it's time for me to finally introduce you to the
Buena buena buena buena good good girl

It's comin' to me
Yeah it's comin' to me
Now I think I know
What it is you need
I know some people wanna make a change
But I know how to make it go away

You see I met a devil named buena buena
And since I met the devil I ain't been the same, oh no
And I feel alright I have to tell you
I think it's time for me to finally introduce you to the
Buena buena buena buena good good girl
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 ick wrote:
Who knew a 2 string bass and baritone saxophone could create such a beautiful noise?! 
 

don't forget the drumming!
 NeilBlanchard wrote:

From Wikipedia: "... lead vocalist Sandman died of a heart attack onstage in Palestrina, Italy, on July 3, 1999."
 
cardiac arrest can occur from stress on the heart. Could be lifestyle, could be genetics.
 xcranky_yankee wrote:
Got this album just before Sandman died - what a voice, perfect with that sax!
Was it heroin? He looked a little 'sweaty' the last time I saw him...
 
From Wikipedia: "... lead vocalist Sandman died of a heart attack onstage in Palestrina, Italy, on July 3, 1999."
Got this album just before Sandman died - what a voice, perfect with that sax!
Was it heroin? He looked a little 'sweaty' the last time I saw him...
When UR Hi this tune is really.....really .....better than when UR NOT!
& when UR NOT it still is a sassy Number!
This sax player knows how to rock!
Who knew a 2 string bass and baritone saxophone could create such a beautiful noise?! 
I've always loved Morphine's music. That bass. That saxophone. 
Noodly Bass.. Sassy Sax...Bueno!
I just went up to a 9 purely for the sax
Sometimes RP reminds me of the record store I used to work at,
Sometimes the mix is impossible haha, like the one from the Putumayo Turkish song right before this jam,
And it works!

Peace and Love 
 kcar wrote:


TT The Bear's! I remember that joint! It wasn't a terribly big room, IIRC. Cambridge, MA had some funky places...

I've never heard of Three Colors, but Treat Her Right had a minor hit in the Boston area—"I Think She Likes Me." Funny song and great video. According to YouTube comments, the video was shot in The Plough and Stars in Cambridge—and yes the place still exists and still looks pretty dive-y. 

Mark Sandman's voice and lyrics almost always matched perfectly. RIP.

 
One of the things I really love about RP is these atmospheric gold nuggets you sometimes trip over in song comments.

Thank you, kcar and fellow RPeeps, for contributing to my edification... :)

 bluejay08003 wrote:

You may or may not like the sound, but Morphine has (had) an unusual instrumental lineup, especially for a three-piece band:  Bass, sax, and drums.  And the bass was 1- or 2-stringed (vs. 4).  Toss in Mark Sandman's moody vocals, and you've got a distinctive sound all right.  I groove to it for a bunch of reasons, including I was a fan of their predecessor bands Treat Her Right and Three Colors.  Saw them both back in the day at TT The Bear's Place for folks who remember.  Dana Colley's sax work is unmistakable.  

 

TT The Bear's! I remember that joint! It wasn't a terribly big room, IIRC. Cambridge, MA had some funky places...

I've never heard of Three Colors, but Treat Her Right had a minor hit in the Boston area—"I Think She Likes Me." Funny song and great video. According to YouTube comments, the video was shot in The Plough and Stars in Cambridge—and yes the place still exists and still looks pretty dive-y. 

Mark Sandman's voice and lyrics almost always matched perfectly. RIP.
Love that sax!
 Azrica wrote:
{#Hearteyes} So Buena !!! {#Hearteyes}

 
Good, good, good!
Chills.
7 -> 9. I LOVE this song! {#Bananajam}
{#Hearteyes} So Buena !!! {#Hearteyes}
A rare 10 for me. Butt shakin, menacing, full of hooks, original, crazy cool sax. Totally get why few others give this such a high rating, a bit surprised I do, but, I guess it was just finally time to introduce me to the good, good, good.
 Hodgie wrote:
Name That Tune..in three notes.

I know only a fraction of Morphine's work by name but I can seemingly identify them after about a second on RP. Not sure that's a good thing. (And it's not just the horns).
 
You may or may not like the sound, but Morphine has (had) an unusual instrumental lineup, especially for a three-piece band:  Bass, sax, and drums.  And the bass was 1- or 2-stringed (vs. 4).  Toss in Mark Sandman's moody vocals, and you've got a distinctive sound all right.  I groove to it for a bunch of reasons, including I was a fan of their predecessor bands Treat Her Right and Three Colors.  Saw them both back in the day at TT The Bear's Place for folks who remember.  Dana Colley's sax work is unmistakable.  
Name That Tune..in three notes.

I know only a fraction of Morphine's work by name but I can seemingly identify them after about a second on RP. Not sure that's a good thing. (And it's not just the horns).
Yup sorted now
Hoobah I do like this tune I do yes sir I do.  Crank that sax!  {#Dancingbanana_2}

Great song; sax as lead instrument doesn't in any way diminish the quality.
Buena, pero no una de sus mejores. {#Sunny}
                       'Cept many would opt in  bad boys
                Good good girl wants guys buena or buena?
          Or just bad boys pony comes with more than one trick?
                  Yes I've seen the ''good, bad and ugly'' too.
                            By the way ugly spells mad.
         
 jeraldej wrote:

What would the following songs be without the sax?

"Us and Them", "Money" - Pink Floyd
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" - Rolling Stones
 
You forgot to mention 'Hoots Mon! There's a moose loose aboot this hoose"
 ufamsm wrote:
Christ, I hate this band. Saxophones don't belong in a rock band just because it helps your sad friend get laid. And with Morphine, it's always so spectacularly obnoxious.

 
Give 'em cowbells {#Cowboy}
 Imkirok wrote:

Clarence Clemmons, among others, would strongly disagree that saxophones don't belong in rock and roll.

https://wxrt.cbslocal.com/2013/08/13/10-of-the-most-memorable-sax-solos-in-rock/

 
What would the following songs be without the sax?

"Us and Them", "Money" - Pink Floyd
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" - Rolling Stones

Oh yeah! That's what I'm talking about! {#Bananasplit}
excellent song! 10/10
Most excellent. sax in rock is so perfect!
 ufamsm wrote:
Christ, I hate this band. Saxophones don't belong in a rock band just because it helps your sad friend get laid. And with Morphine, it's always so spectacularly obnoxious.

 
Clarence Clemmons, among others, would strongly disagree that saxophones don't belong in rock and roll.

https://wxrt.cbslocal.com/2013/08/13/10-of-the-most-memorable-sax-solos-in-rock/


 ufamsm wrote:
Christ, I hate this band. Saxophones don't belong in a rock band just because it helps your sad friend get laid. And with Morphine, it's always so spectacularly obnoxious.

 
Say what?
Love these guys, so cool.
Great tune!
Oh dear, great memories of a live concert in the Milkyway Amsterdam probably >15 years ago, literally blown away by the saxophone player blowing a tenor and alt sax simultaneously! Brilliant!
Love this band.  What an incredibly unique sound. Who would've thought that a bass, baritone sax and drums would sound so cool together.  Guess these guys did.  Love their creativity and raw rock sound.
Great stuff, never heard them before, thanks. RP reminds me of the golden days of rock radio in the '70's, when you would hear a blues song, followed by Yes, followed by Black Sabbath, followed by Joni Mitchell, followed by Sly, etc. People today have been mollified into being unchallenged by different music, thanks for not being another Clear Channel. 
I saw these guys actually playing in a shopping mall in Minnesota. People were just walking by. I was stunned by the band and the fact that people were just walking by. I don't understand people who don't like this. Kinda don't want to.
Sorry, Thais Not the Kind of outstandig Music, you ususally Play. Its a Must Not!
Morphine. I guess you need to be in pain to appreciate it.
Brilliant music.
groove
Mucha Buena!
 iTuner wrote:

Agree. Like nails on a chalkboard. 
 

you dipsh#s ever listen to rock and roll?  sax' s were the lead, before chuck berry taught the guitar to everyone.( lightin' taught him)you boys dumber than a half empty box o sand.
 ufamsm wrote:
Christ, I hate this band. Saxophones don't belong in a rock band just because it helps your sad friend get laid. And with Morphine, it's always so spectacularly obnoxious.

 
Agree. Like nails on a chalkboard. 
 micman2b wrote:
Good song but way to heavy on the rotation here. 
 

 

Yeah 3 plays - what 10 minutes out of a total of 720 hours of air time in the last month is an awful lot :-)
 marcus1 wrote:
Well, I'm glad Bill likes Morphine and plays 'em. I only saw them once at the Warfield in SF. A few months later I got my first tat at Triangle in Ft Bragg. A pretty simple monochrome adaptation of an old sumi skeleton  figure. Mr G was working on more complex stuff so I got the young apprentice recently up from the City. As we began he asked me if I minded if he played some music. I said: "what you got?" He replied a band called  Morphine. I said, wow, just saw them a couple months ago etc. We got along just fine and he did some really nice gradations that represent the brush strokes in the original art. Nice job.

The bonus is that when folks ask me if it hurt to get a tat I can say: nope, not a bit. I had Morphine!

Be well and prosper,
Marcus

 
great story!
Good song but please play something ELSE.
Good song but way to heavy on the rotation here. 
 
Christ, I hate this band. Saxophones don't belong in a rock band just because it helps your sad friend get laid. And with Morphine, it's always so spectacularly obnoxious.
"I hear a voice from the back of the road ..."  Thank goodness!!!! I thought that voice was only in MY head!

Buena, Buena, right back atchya! 
Unique music.  One can tell a Morphine song from the first notes
"Homicide: Life on the Street" used this song to great effect. 

Really have to disagree with those who say that all Morphine songs sound the same.  
The songs were good but kind of beside the point - it was just the sound that mattered. I remember Dana Colley playing two baritone saxophones simultaneously for a show-ending version of "Honey White" at the 40 Watt in Athens a thousand lifetimes ago. Awesome.
 ottojschlosser wrote:
Sax is da bom!
 
Who can say no to hot, nasty sax?
Sax is da bom!
 creekgirl wrote:
wow......love that sax!
 

zactamundo
 Nadine wrote: 
Lol:

"You don't have to come across as a prissy and uptight goody-goody fancy two-shoes to be a good example for good manners and right conduct." 
wow......love that sax!
Sandman provides the remedy.
..heh!, this following Chris Isaak "I Wonder".."Buena" is a cure for that pain, yep-yep..
Where's the Baritone Saxophone intro? It gets ya even deeper into the silky bass and vocal mood of Morphine.
Too short...

  1. this song
  2. Mark Sandman's life/career
  3. Morphine's catalog

I love good Sax!
{#Jump}{#Jump}{#Jump}
 iTuner wrote:

All their stuff sounded the same, you can just replay this crap forever.
 
Have a "tin ear"?
 rabbi_phil wrote:
always makes me stop whateve I'm doin n' turn it  UP. can't help but dig the 2 string slide bass & i think colley plays his "frankenstein'" double sax.....soooooo cooool
 
...agree....play it loud........great.....
Tonight my head's got wings.
always makes me stop whateve I'm doin n' turn it  UP. can't help but dig the 2 string slide bass & i think colley plays his "frankenstein'" double sax.....soooooo cooool
 albertgf wrote:
{#Beat}  Overplayed

 
really? {#Whistle}
 mandolineman1972 wrote:
such a shame that the singer is no longer with us.
 
All their stuff sounded the same, you can just replay this crap forever.
Malo
Whohoo!
Duke Ellington — How High The Moon ->  Morphine — Buena

{#Drunk} 
just. frigin. awesome.
yeah!
 albertgf wrote:
{#Beat}  Overplayed
 

Where!?!  
 Ears_of_Stone wrote:
I guess some one has to like this band. Not me, sorry.
 
That's OK; I like 'em enough to cover you and three other unbelievers.
{#Beat}  Overplayed

The bass and saxo deserve an increase in the volume, despite being in the office, what a great song! :D
 Ears_of_Stone wrote:
I guess some one has to like this band. Not me, sorry.
 

Pick me... pick me!!!
Shit.  I think I blew out my crappy work computer speakers on this song.  (One of the benefits of working an IT service desk at night is the ability to rock out with no one around to complain).  Good thing I can just go get more speakers...

One of these days I'm going to bring some speakers from home in and use them.  Twice the size and 4 times the power... Oh yes, there will be jammage...
such a shame that the singer is no longer with us.
solid 8, always!
Thank you, Bill for introducing me to this marvelous band.  Gravelly voice matches gravelly sax, layered over quiet boogie beat ...
Buena es bueno
 jameyp wrote:
i just can't get into Morphine.  Every time Bill plays one of their jams, i can't help but scowl... 
 
I have the opposite problem - every time Bill plays one of their songs, I get TOO into it, and nothing else gets done because I'm too busy playing air-sax and dancing.  I just love this band.

I guess some one has to like this band. Not me, sorry.
My favourite Morphine song! {#Bananajam}
 jameyp wrote:
i just can't get into Morphine.  Every time Bill plays one of their jams, i can't help but scowl... 
 

That's tooooo bad!
i just can't get into Morphine.  Every time Bill plays one of their jams, i can't help but scowl... 
This gets a 10 for danceability.....makes me want to dance with total abandon.....feels so good......LOVE IT  {#Bananasplit}
 jktravl wrote:
Wish I could rewind this and listen several times, excellent
 

You can. Get your own copy. {#Cowboy}
Wow, this literally shakes the house up loud!
 
Wish I could rewind this and listen several times, excellent
Damn Bill, how do you do it?  I was just singing this song to myself a bit ago.  Thanks for playing it!
A little Morphine is good for what ails you.
Bueno
Well, I'm glad Bill likes Morphine and plays 'em. I only saw them once at the Warfield in SF. A few months later I got my first tat at Triangle in Ft Bragg. A pretty simple monochrome adaptation of an old sumi skeleton  figure. Mr G was working on more complex stuff so I got the young apprentice recently up from the City. As we began he asked me if I minded if he played some music. I said: "what you got?" He replied a band called  Morphine. I said, wow, just saw them a couple months ago etc. We got along just fine and he did some really nice gradations that represent the brush strokes in the original art. Nice job.

The bonus is that when folks ask me if it hurt to get a tat I can say: nope, not a bit. I had Morphine!

Be well and prosper,
Marcus
 tabs wrote:
best live show in my entire life, Treat-her-Right (most members pre-morphine) I think 1991, Portland, ME. 
 
i saw them in beverly (forget the name of that club) probably around that time. crazy harmonica player. also inside 128 btw.
No more proof needed that Bill knows everything.
over10
Turn it up!!!
Mmmm es la cancion mas sexy.
Yesssssssssssss
Different kind of music but Morphine should have been as big as say, White Stripes.  Was into them right from "Cure for Pain" and thought they might hit it pretty big.  Saw a live show in SF, circa 1998, it was great & funny at the same time.  RIP Mark Sandman...
 mandolin wrote:
...man, morphine really grows on you over time...

{#Cool}
 

I only hear Morphine on RP, sadly, and I agree. I rate all Morphine heard here 7 or higher
 mandolin wrote:
...man, morphine really grows on you over time...

{#Cool}
 
Don't they tho!  Love the low notes, the sexy swagger.
 musickat wrote:
And who was it that said "The sax does not belong in Rock"....{#Stupid}  ??
 
Sax and drugs and rock n' roll....{#Motor}

That just cured my pain!
...man, morphine really grows on you over time...

{#Cool}
 RedGuitar wrote:

...tan bueno para los oídos

 
or the whole sentence:


Esta canción es tan buena para los oídos!
blow man, blow!
{#Sunny}  

BUENA, BUENA!!!!! 
And who was it that said "The sax does not belong in Rock"....{#Stupid}  ??
Very nice!!
best live show in my entire life, Treat-her-Right (most members pre-morphine) I think 1991, Portland, ME. 
 Limpopoking wrote:


Ponies are good, and tricks are good, and a pony that does tricks, even if it's only one trick... is frigg'n orsm :)
 
hahahhahaha!!
I agree!