Common Sense – Grotesque 7″

01 Dec

I think this 7″ is also rare.
Grotesque 7"

Grotesque 7

The dreamy pop single “Grotesque” was released in 1994 and received heavy rotation on radiostations.
This created a number of followers for the band, who opened the concerts for Dodgy, Giant Sand and Tindersticks.

Common Sense were actually formed in September 1989 and apart from this 7″ single they released the album “Sun Comes Up“.

The line up on this release was: Tatiana Stavroulaki – Vocals, Christos Zoubas – guitars, Christos Alexopoulos – keyboards (later on he went solo – check previous) Sakis Birbilis – bass and George Karanikolaou – drums.
George Priniotakis (member of the band Wasteland) plays additional guitars.

The track on the b side is titled “Child’s play“.

back cover

back cover

After the release of the album, the band was on hold for a few years but they came back during the ’00s.
They played live with Marc Almond in 2007 and supported Echo & The BunnyMen in Liverpool a few months later.

Common Sense are about to release an EP titled “Time stood still“.

Tatiana Stavroulaki joined the Savage Republic on stage for a couple of songs  on their gig in Greece during 2008.

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Posted by on December 1, 2008 in Music



6 responses to “Common Sense – Grotesque 7″

  1. tapesgoneloose

    December 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I’ll have to say that Common Sense were one of those bands you can only adore (I certainly did – from the LP cover down to the lyrics & with everything else in between), but I still feel that the rest of the world never quite caught up. I, for one, don’t remember them receiving much publicity (but then again I didn’t listen to the radio). & it SUCKS, because they were neither from Athens, nor from Thessaloniki & I wanted them desperately to make it (well, they did, albeit mostly musicwise)… Anyway, I’m getting a bit emotional what with this 7″ & the FoR interview…

  2. panole8riambos

    December 3, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Common Sense are back with a few gigs and a forthcoming EP…
    Maybe you’ll have the chance now….

  3. The Venus Shrine

    December 5, 2008 at 11:39 am

    We absolutely love Common Sense and we could not be happier with their comeback. Their music is stronger and more mature now, and they dominate the stage on their gigs.

    The Venus Shrine took the liberty of making a video-art project based on “Grotesque”, one of our favourite songs ever 🙂 We hope you have enjoyed it @ Playhouse Gotique #4. It will be uploaded for all to enjoy shortly.

    Thank you for this review, dear 🙂

  4. nick

    August 2, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Please publish the Grotesque video you’ve made

  5. panole8riambos

    August 3, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Huh ????


    March 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Common Sense were from Athens.Thr band was rehearsing for years in an Athenian studio based around the Patissia area(Voices was the studio name).Playing in some of the studio gigs they met Petros Koutsoubas ,the owner of Pegasus records and An club then(this was the most well known Athenian club for indie bands).The rest is history.


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