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July 1, 2013 5:52 PM   Subscribe

Brian Christinzio, a.k.a. B.C. Camplight, is a former semi-professional boxer and an extraordinary Philly-bred piano-pop singer-songwriter who got some mainstream exposure when Blood and Peanut Butter, off his first album "Hide, Run Away," landed on an episode of Grey's Anatomy. He's also spent much of his life struggling with mental illness, and wrote his second album, "Blink of a Nihilist" -- a minor hit in the UK, but barely released stateside -- from a mental institution. (Here's Lord, I've Been on Fire, the lead single from that album.)

After struggling to get "Blink of a Nihilist" in his home country, Christinzio found himself in a downward spiral and moved to Manchester,* which he credits with saving his life. There, he quickly rediscovered his mojo and recorded a soon-to-be-released third album "Grim Cinema." Here's the first single, Thieves in Antigua, and a killer live performance of the title track.

*But not before managing to record the amazing "Your Daddy is a Little Girl".
posted by eugenen (6 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Thanks so much for this post! I loved B.C. Camplight's first two albums, but I haven't looked him up in years. I certainly didn't know about the "downward spiral and moved to Manchester" bit. :[ Looking forward to the new album!
posted by roboppy at 8:53 PM on July 1, 2013


A quick shout out to roboppy. Thanks to you we have successfully avoided the dreaded "Your favourite band is a bit shit." first post. Huzzah!
posted by Gin and Comics at 8:55 PM on July 1, 2013 [2 favorites]


Oooh, thanks for the introduction to a fabulous artist very new to me.
posted by spamandkimchi at 11:45 PM on July 1, 2013


BC Camplight sounds a good deal like SF's Josh Fix and the Furious Force....a terrific band that never took off from a few years ago...

That said, BC Camplight does have the weirder lyrics...but not at a Daniel Johnson level though.
posted by LeRoienJaune at 12:34 AM on July 2, 2013


FANTASTIC post! It's like Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson had a lovechild! This guy's great. Instant fan.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:30 AM on July 2, 2013


I got into BC Camplight several years ago in the most random way: I was in the midst of a New Pornographers obsession, and some googling around looking for similar artists led me to stumble on a review for "Hide, Run Away" that described it as "out-New Pornographering the New Pornographers" or some such thing. That was enough of an endorsement for me, so I picked up the CD and was a fan from the first listen.

A little while later I was thrilled to hear about the second album, but was frustrated by how hard it was to find....I think I ended up paying $30 or so on ebay for an import copy.

I hadn't heard anything about him in so long that I'd kind of assumed he'd been discouraged by the lack of recognition and given up. Sad to hear about the "downward spiral" part of his story, but quite happy to hear that he's doing better.....can't wait for the new album!
posted by key lime guy at 8:24 AM on July 2, 2013


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