Mark Sandman wryly referred to Morphine’s guitar-less sound in the early 90s as “implied grunge.” As a result, most labels looking for the next Nirvana passed on the band’s first album, but while recording their sophomore follow-up Cure For Pain over two weeks at Fort Apache, buzz got around. They signed with Rykodisc. Tracks from the album appeared in David O. Russel’s hit indie film, Spanking the Monkey, Beavis and Butt-Head, and the Sopranos. They kicked off their first worldwide tour. 

By not adhering to trends, Cure For Pain released 30 years ago on September 14, 1993, has become a classic.