While I was compiling the Christmas mix I ran across some rare Morphine songs. I also found some of deceased lead-singer Mark Sandman’s solo work and tracks from his first band Treat Her Right. Treat Her Right was a unique blues-rock foursome from Boston consisting of David Champagne (guitar & vocals), Billy Conway (drums), Jim Fitting (harmonica and vocals), and Sandman, playing only the bass strings of a guitar and singing. Treat Her Right is often credited with helping to spawn the punk-blues hybrid that achieved prominence in the early 2000s. After the demise of Treat Her Right, Sandman and Conway hooked up with baritone saxophonist Dana Colley to form Morphine.
Sadly, on July 3, 1999, Sandman collapsed on stage at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina, Latium, Italy (near Rome) while performing with Morphine. He was soon pronounced dead of a heart attack at the age of 46. His last words were “Thank you Palestrina. It’s a wonderful evening, it’s great to be here and I wanna dedicate you a super sexy song.”