Lloyd Cole is an English singer/songwriter and pop legend, known for his role as leader of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions in the 80’s and for his subsequent solo work. After disbanding the Commotions in 1989, Cole relocated to New York to record with various artists, including Fred Maher, Robert Quine and Matthew Sweet. This solo setting produced two acclaimed albums. In 2000, Cole then teamed with a younger generation of New York musicians under the name The Negatives, and in 2004, to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of their first album Rattlesnakes, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions reformed to perform a one-off, sellout tour in the UK and Ireland. Since then, Cole has released two more solo albums, the most recent being Broken Record, as well as re-released a boxed set with his complete collection of b-sides and alternative takes and previously unreleased material under the title Cleaning Out the Ashtrays.