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Peasants' Parade

by Universal Solvent

Classic rock - some down-and-dirty, some sweet and soft; some dark and some bright
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cindy's Sexy Secrets
2:29 album only
2. You Don't Understand
4:31 album only
3. Dark Side (See the Light)
3:53 album only
4. Black Rose
4:22 album only
5. Judas, Please
4:15 album only
6. Flowers
5:43 album only
7. Cold When I'm Close
3:07 album only
8. Never Gonna Let You Go
3:14 album only


Album Notes
Universal Solvent Bio - for immediate release

(NEW YORK) "Universal Solvent? That was something I did as a lark a million years ago." Sitting in the dim, smoky recesses of a Times Square lounge, former lead singer Mark Mabli lights a fresh Marlboro and takes a long drag. As he savors the taste, his puffy, unshaven face creases into a smile. "A lot's happened since then."

And so it has. At his prime, Mabli was heir apparent to the Throne of Hard Rock Gods, described by Better Homes and Gardens as "a generous helping of Ian Gillian, served with a steaming side of Chris Cornell". But before the world ever heard of Mark Mabli or Universal Solvent, the singer was headlining a seniors cruise to Norway aboard The Incontinence. One evening, after a rousing rendition of Que Sera Sera, Mabli received a long distance call from Bobby "Desmond" Higgins, a former college classmate. Touted on Internet porn sites as the "Next-to-Last-Next Dylan", Higgins had some songs, but couldn't sing in key. Would Mark be interested in singing? Malbi, the strains of Doris Day still ringing in his ears, hastily agreed. Together they formed "Universal Solvent", a supergroup of sorts, the first to consist of only two people, who were, in fact, completely unknown.

Their first and only record, "Peasants' Parade", sold 800 million copies in its first morning of release. Things looked promising for the band. Mabli and Higgins appeared on both the covers of Reader's Digest (abridged) and Good Housekeeping in the same week. Perhaps Jon Landau said it best in Rolling Stone, with his now-famous coronation:
"I've seen the future of hackneyed, clichéd, overrated, no-talent rock 'n roll,and it is Universal Solvent."

Cue superstardom. Universal Solvent enjoyed - or perhaps, suffered - a fame known only to the Beatles - or at least Charo. In this post-Behind the Music era, the rise and fall of Universal Solvent was as clichéd as their music, but no less compelling: instant fame, incredible wealth, mind-altering drugs, and, of course, groupies. Groupies, groupies, groupies. And more groupies. After one particularly heated stopover in Sweden during the 97' tour, Mabli's manhood was ordered to a rehab clinic for a 30 day supervised rest. Mark and the rest of the tour continued without it.

By early 2002, Universal Solvent had crossed the world four times over, sold 16 hundred thousand billion copies of Peasants' Parade, and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show seven times, a remarkable feat considering the program went off the air in 1971 and Ed Sullivan himself died in 1974.

The beginning of the end came in March of the next year, when Higgins, during an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, made an offhand comment that changed world history -and sealed the fate of Universal Solvent forever. The drug-addled songwriter, describing the band's popularity, told the pugnacious host: "We're even bigger than Oprah now."

We all know the calamity that followed: the fatwa issued by Osama Bin Laden to Muslims around the world, decreeing Higgins and Mabli agents of the devil; the United Nations Security Council resolution to bomb Bill O'Reilly; North Korea's invasion of South Korea; India's war with Pakistan, Oprah gained ten pounds.

"Yeah, that was a f***'ed up thing to say," sighs Mabli, draining his fifth glass of Jack Daniel's. "But it was true at the time. Now? We couldn't get arrested."

Maybe so. But for Mabli, the night was young. Although he and Higgins haven't said as much, Billboard reported last week the duo are working on a new album, tentatively titled Oprah My Dead Body. The two made a surprise New York appearance at the corner Lexington Avenue and 53rd last week (pulling in $7.35) and Mabli has been seen around town riding his bicycle naked - something he's been known to do in the past to relieve the stress and boredom of recording.

So, is there a future for Universal Solvent? The grizzled rock veteran grins and let's out a laugh, his breath a blast of nicotine and Jack Daniel's. "Future? What the hell do I know about the future? I don't know - why don't you ask Oprah Winfrey?"

To quote a song: "Que sera sera."
Rolling Stone, February 2003



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TheShelf :-)

Hey Marc!
Sounds great Marc!
Hope you are doing well. :)

Keith Richards

Outstanding, mate! Good on you!
You ripped us off like the best of them! Cheers! (cough - cough)You'll be hearing from our lawyers!! (cough - cough)