was the lead singer and guitar
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ist of the three-piece Cleveland
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, garage pop
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band The Mice
The Mice were a young Cleveland-based power-pop trio active in the mid-80s. Brothers Bill Fox and Tommy Fox played with Bill's high school friends and performed music in various minor and untitled lineups...
, which existed from January 1985 to 1988. They released two albums, For Almost Ever
(re-released by Scat Records as For Almost Ever Scooter
in 2004), and were a major influence on the burgeoning Ohio power pop
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scene, including Dayton
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's Guided by Voices
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Years later, Fox released two solo albums, Shelter from the Smoke
(originally released in 1996 on Fox's-Helen(a)Rimac's Cherry Pop label and re-released by SpinArt in 1997) and Transit Byzantium
After his brief West Coast tour for the latter album, Fox promptly quit the music business and remained disconnected from all media contacts regarding his music for nearly a decade. Fox is the subject of a long article by Joe Hagan in the June/July 2007 issue of The Believer
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, in which he is referred to as "one of America’s greatest contemporary songwriters."http://www.believermag.com/issues/200706/
. Hagan set out to make contact with Fox and get an answer to the question "Why Did Bill Fox Stop Playing Music?" Though he did not meet Fox, he did get his answer.
Hagan's article made a large impact on past and present fans of Fox to rediscover his music. Reportedly the article prompted some iTunes royalties that have inspired Fox to both allow the reissue of his solo albums and begin performing again.
On April 3, 2008, Scat Records
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announced Fox agreed to allow them to re-release both of his albums on vinyl and CD. Robert Griffin, owner of Scat Records, told cleveland.com what Fox thinks of the reissues: "He just thinks they're music, and God, if some of these weird people still want to buy 'em, OK, let's print some more up."
The reissue of Shelter from the Smoke
was released late 2009, adding three tracks from Fox's short-lived early 1990s group The Radio Flyers, as well as both songs from the 1995 Bird of the World
In 2009, Fox commenced playing again in Cleveland and area. In May of 2010, he headlined at the 16th anniversary concerts of Kelp Records
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, based in Ottawa, Canada. Fox headlined at anniversary performances in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
On June 8, 2010, alternative rock
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band Nada Surf
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released a cover of Fox's song "Electrocution" on an album titled if i had a hifi
For discography of The Mice, see The Mice
1995 Bird of the World
- 01. Bird of the World
- 02. I May Never Know
1996 Shelter from the Smoke
(Cherry Pop release 15 tracks)
1997 Shelter from the Smoke
(SpinArt release 18 tracks)
- 01. Over And Away She Goes
- 02. Appalachian Death Sigh
- 03. Sara Page
- 04. Lonesome Pine
- 05. Get Your Workingman's Things
- 06. Let In The Sun
- 07. Way Way Down
- 08. Singin' A Melody
- 09. I'm Not Over Loving You
- 10. Junked Lot Serenade
- 11. Jordan Is Hard Road To Travel
- 12. You Can Tell Me All Night Long
- 13. Let's Be Buried Together
- 14. Love Ain't No Feeling
- 15. Brittany Goes Right Down
- 16. A Little More Rain
- 17. Since I've Been Gone
- 18. Baystorm
1998 Transit Byzantium
- 01. From a Dark Night
- 02. Down To Babylon
- 03. I'll Give It Away
- 04. Thinking of You
- 05. Lay You Down
- 06. Song of a Drunken Nightingale
- 07. Quartermaster's Wintertime
- 08. Sycamore
- 09. Mary of the Wild Moor
- 10. All Dried Up
- 11. Dixie Darling
- 12. My Baby Crying
- 13. Burning Down a Snowflake
- 14. Bonded To You
- 15. Saga of Bus Station Joe & Rag Luck Addie
- 16. Portland Town
- 17. For Anyone That You Love
- 18. When I Blow
1998 I Stayed Up All Night Listening To Records
- 2. Electrocution (mislabeled as Eclectrocution)
2009 Shelter from the Smoke
(Scat reissue 23 tracks)
- 1-18. (same as SpinArt release)
- 19. Bird Of The World
- 20. I May Never Know
- 21. Andnowagain
- 22. Grand-Ville Blues
- 23. Don't Lean On My Door, Fever