Cheaper Than Therapy is the much anticipated CD of 12 songs from Mark Governor, whose melodic pop sensibility and sardonic sense of humor have led critics to compare him to Elvis Costello, Semisonic, and Randy Newman.
The songs range from the witty title cut to the wistful Dorchester Girl to the haunting Don't Look Back, and feature the eclectic and inventive arrangements and production which have won him much acclaim in Hollywood film circles.
"Governor's music delivers moments of piercing sweetness and the performances are first-rate," says the LA Village View of Mark's songwriting.
As a music producer and songwriter, Mark has worked with artists such as Iggy Pop, Ringo Starr, Soul Coughing, Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde), and many collaborations with his close friend Fisher, who sings a duet with Mark on Interior of a Heart, as well as harmony on several cuts. Other guest artists include Steve Hunter (guitarist for Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel), Chris Gaffney of the Texas Tornadoes, and the Chameleon String Quartet.
Fans of Mark's movie music will be happy to find that new versions of several of his songs for films have been recorded for this CD, including Santa Fe and She Only Loves Alone from the film Santa Fe, and The Pain Of Shattered Glass from the film Overexposed, all of which were previously unavailable on CD.
Mark is known to many through his composing and songwriting for films, especially his scores for Notes From Underground , Santa Fe, and Pet Sematary 2 and his collaboration with Johnny Depp and Iggy Pop on the score for The Brave.
He played 2 standing-room only shows at the Sundance Film Festival, where he performed his pop songs accompanied by a string quartet to audiences that included R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, actress Liv Tyler and director Robert Altman.