Mark Roebuck with Noonday Ruin | Some Half-Remembered Thing

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Some Half-Remembered Thing

by Mark Roebuck with Noonday Ruin

Shimmering, driving, jangled up pure melodic rock that's both an aching stare toward a lost yesterday, and a time machine leap into a colorful future. not for the hyper-trendies, and it aint for the rap and r&b set. pop underground always and forever.
Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chrysanthemum
3:50 $0.99
2. Sweet Night
3:01 $0.99
3. Luna
3:52 $0.99
4. Small Faces in Crowded Places
3:49 $0.99
5. I'm Getting to Know You
4:05 $0.99
6. I've Come to Watch the End of the World
5:04 $0.99
7. Scattergun
2:32 $0.99
8. It Was Too Late
4:48 $0.99
9. I've Been Thinking About School
3:22 $0.99
10. One of God's Dropped Toys
4:30 $0.99
11. 16 Then and Wake Up Ann
2:46 $0.99
12. Howard the Clown
4:02 $0.99
13. I Want It Back
4:32 $0.99
14. All the Time in the World
7:19 $0.99
15. (buried track)
2:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
The latest entry from Mark Roebuck, former lead songwriter of the 80’s power pop band the Deal. Although Mark has a strong acoustic singer/songwriter presence on this CD, he is driven along by the chiming, grinding sound of Noonday Ruin- a gathering of his old Big Circle band mates Charlie Pastorfield, Tim Anderson, Rusty Speidel, Tony Fischer, and Jim Ralston. Also joining up on keyboards and vocals is Bruce Hornsby’s Bobby Read who also recorded and co-produced the album with Mark.

In 2003 NotLame Records, an internationally known power pop indie label, released an anthology of the Deal’s material, featuring many of Mark’s original compositions. It has currently sold out, but may hopefully be available again soon at CD Baby, as well as at

In 2005 Mark Released Tribe of Heaven, “Imagine We Were,” a dark acoustic project begun shortly after the breakup of the Deal that included Dave Matthews. It is one of CD Baby’s top selling CDs of all time.


"Big Event!! Mark Roebuck was the leader of the long-lost 80s power pop band, The Deal, whose one official release ended up on Not Lame's legacy label. Roebuck released a really good side project called Big Circle a few years back, but on " Some Half-Remembered Thing " he soars and shines as only he can. He has one of the more unique and truly beautiful voices you'll hear in pop. Listen to "Chrysanthemum" below. If you don't hear Chris Bell (Big Star) all over this track, time for you spend more time at Pitchfork as you are in the wrong place. Seriously, the sounds here blend early Big Star, early Wire Train, The Posies circa 1989-1991 and The Hollies. So, yes, there's plenty of the soaring flair of the Posies and The Hollies(even a bit of C,S,N & Y and for those in the know of great, long lost acoustic rock bands from the 70s, Pousette-Dart Band) There's a bounty of carefully layered vocal arrangements, and you can tell these songs were written on acoustic guitar and taken to the band...

One of my favorite(amongst an album with 14 of them) here is the hardest rocking song on the CD, "Sweet Night" where Roebuck amps it up to "11" and still manages to make it sound like an unforgettable perfect pop song. Mostly, though, my faves end up making me feel sad about the loss of Chris Bell in 1977 as Roebuck has a special way with any many-stringed acoustic guitar he picks up as the gentle melody he's working up manages to seduce and embrace familiar happy/sad memories of yesteryear(good example is "Luna"). First Class Music all the way!"

-Bruce Brodeen, Not Lame Records



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katrina and tim

we love this cd
it's hard to classify this record, cause its not just powerpop. there is a beautiful acoustic heart to the music (listen to the haunting luna) but at other times the music rocks as hard as it gets (sweet night). it ALL works together, and it works wonderfully.every song is a winner, and the lyrics leave you wanting to know more...


brighter than stars in a dark sky's hard to pick a favorite from this CD-yeah, it's power pop but a bit edgier. each song is unique & different. the songwriting complex but intriquing-a little meloncholy but brighter than stars in a dark sky. great find...highly recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!!


a great recording
consistently solid piece of work. i especially like the harmonies and the lyrics they support. i give a strong recommendation!


This album bridges that amazing gap between 80s pop writing, good psychedelic arranging, and 70s singing to provide an exceptional listening experience. Its earthy but big, dark and introspective while at the same time upbeat and rocking, and the writing is basically poetry set to music. Don't miss it!!!


Just About PERFECT
If you're looking for well-crafted power pop songwriting, beautiful harmonies and something more complex, a nuanced and deeper meaning in the lyrics that belies the soaring've come to the right place. For me, standouts include "Chrysanthemum" and "I've Come to Watch the End of the World." And that's just after a couple of listens. I'm sure with repeated listens, that list will grow considerably. Honestly, there's not a dud on this album. EACH and every song is richly rewarding, and ear-wormish, in a good way, the kind of stuff you can't get out of your head,and you're HAPPY about it. And that's saying something.