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Brendan Benson

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A Michigan-born songwriter who occupies the rockier end of the power pop spectrum (more indebted to the Who than the Raspberries, that is), Brendan Benson debuted at the age of 26 with a sterling first album, 1996's One Mississippi. He continued working as a solo artist for the better part of a decade, releasing three albums of his own while occasionally appearing on other artists' records. However, Benson remained a minor part of the musical mainstream until 2005, when he began collaborating with fellow Michigander Jack White of the White Stripes, forming a partnership that quickly turned into a four-piece band named the Raconteurs. The supergroup fared well on both sides of the Atlantic, with 2006's Broken Boy Soldiers and 2008's Consolers of the Lonely both cracking the Top Ten in the U.K. and America. Benson returned to his solo career in 2009, as the Raconteurs took an indefinite break and Jack White shifted his focus to the Dead Weather. Brendan Benson worked alongside songwriter Jason Falkner, former member of Jellyfish and the Grays, during the creation of his debut album. Falkner co-wrote over half the songs and produced the first version of One Mississippi, but Virgin Records rejected the album and sent Benson back into the studio with a new producer, Ethan Johns. Meanwhile, several of the Falkner-produced tunes were released via a limited-edition EP called The Wellfed Boy, which appeared not long after the revised version of One Mississippi came out. As major-label power pop albums are wont to do, One Mississippi sold fairly poorly despite receiving positive reviews, and Benson spent the next several years extricating himself from his Virgin contract while producing and appearing on other artists' records. Released in 2002, Lapalco marked his independent debut, and its critical success spurred Benson's return to the majors in 2005 with The Alternative to Love. Benson then joined with Jack White in forming the Raconteurs. The group released the aforementioned albums Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers of the Lonely, and scored a number one single with "Steady as She Goes," which topped the modern rock charts in 2006. After playing with the band for several years, however, Benson struck out on his own with 2009's My Old, Familiar Friend, his fourth solo effort. In 2012, Benson returned with his fifth studio album, What Kind of World. Featuring the single "Bad for Me," the album was Benson's first release on his own Readymade Records label. He followed in 2013 with the rootsier tones of You Were Right. ~ Stewart Mason
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Albums by
Brendan Benson

    15 songs

    On Air

    You Were Right

    12 songs

    On Air

    What Kind of World

    11 songs

    On Air

    My Old, Familiar Friend

    12 songs

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    The Alternative to Love

    12 songs

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    Lapalco

    14 songs

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    One Mississippi

    5 songs

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    Metarie [US EP]

    1 song

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    Red, White and Blues

    1 song

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    New Words of Wisdom

    1 song

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    Swallow You Whole

    1 song

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    Swimming

    1 song

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    Bad For Me

    1 song

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    What I'm Looking For (Ad Version)

    4 songs

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    Spit It Out [UK CD Single #2]

    4 songs

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    The First Four Songs

    24 songs

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    Lapalco/The Alternative to Love

    4 songs

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    Upstairs at United, Vol. 1

    4 songs

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    Folk Singer


Top Songs by
Brendan Benson

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Alternative to Love
  3.   Cold Hands (Warm Heart)
  4.   Metarie
  5.   A Whole Lot Better
  6.   Bad For Me
  7.   Spit It Out
  8.   Folk Singer
  9.   Diamond
  10.   Tiny Spark
  11.   Don't Wanna Talk
  12.   Red, White and Blues
  13.   Let Me Roll It
  14.   Swimming
  15.   Cherries
  16.   She's Trying to Poison Me
  17.   Oh My Love
  18.   Better Days
  19.   Just Like Me
  20.   Poised and Ready
  21.   Rejuvenate Me
  22.   Purely Automatic
  23.   Gonowhere
  24.   Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go
  25.   I Don't Wanna See You Anymore
  26.   Pleasure Seeker
  27.   What
  28.   What I'm Looking For
  29.   Garbage Day
  30.   No One Else But You
  31.   House in Virginia
  32.   I'll Never Tell
  33.   On the Fence
  34.   Feel Like Taking You Home
  35.   Eyes on the Horizon
  36.   Borrow
  37.   Emma J
  38.   Got No Secrets
  39.   Between Us
  40.   The Pledge
  41.   Gold into Straw
  42.   Flesh and Bone
  43.   You're Quiet
  44.   New Words of Wisdom
  45.   Feel Like Myself
  46.   The Fritz
  47.   Insects Rule
  48.   Keep Me
  49.   I'm Blessed
  50.   As of Tonight
  51.   What Kind of World
  52.   Come On
  53.   Pretty Baby
  54.   Lesson Learned
  55.   Jetlag
  56.   Swallow You Whole
  57.   Bird's Eye View
  58.   Get It Together
  59.   How 'Bout You
  60.   I'm Easy
  61.   Me Just Purely
  62.   Eventually
  63.   Here in the Deadlights
  64.   Long Term Goal
  65.   Crosseyed
  66.   Light of Day
  67.   Biggest Fan
  68.   Good to Me
  69.   Them and Me
  70.   You Make a Fool Out of Me
  71.   Thru the Ceiling
  72.   Maginary Girl
  73.   Misery
  74.   Sittin' Pretty
  75.   Tea
  76.   Life in the D
  77.   It's Your Choice
  78.   Met Your Match
  79.   Happy Most of the Time
  80.   Meaning to Write
  81.   Son of a Welder
  82.   Unfortunate Guy
  83.   The Swamp
  84.   Jet Stream
  85.   Christy
  86.   [Untitled] by Jason Falkner
  87.   1. Spit It Out
  88.   2. Left & Right
  89.   3. Baby on Rug
  90.   4. Spit It Out (Video)
  91.   Baby on a Rug
  92.   [Untitled]
  93.   [Untitled]
  94.   Baby on Rug
  95.   Christopher's Revolt
  96.   Left and Right
  97.   Some Day
  98.   Simple Man
  99.   Strong Boy
  100.   Candidate
  101.   Strangers
  102.   Beyond Belief
  103.   Love Story
  104.   Go Decco
  105.   (Untitled)
  106.   (Untitled)
  107.   O My Love

Stations & Shows Featuring
Brendan Benson

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    Counting Crows: I Am the DJ

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    Take A Hike

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    Paul McCartney: DNA

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    Indie 500

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    Indie Sleepover

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    Indie

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    Eclectic Rock

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    The Current


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