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Case has had a wide-ranging career ranging from new wave music to solo acoustic performance.
In 1976, Case teamed up with Jack Lee and Paul Collins , to form early new wave band The Nerves in San Francisco. The Nerves' 1976 single, "Hangin' on the Telephone", was eventually recorded by Blondie.
After The Nerves disbanded, Case moved to Los Angeles and formed pop-rock band The Plimsouls in 1980. The group found success with the song "A Million Miles Away", but disbanded soon after and Case struck up on his own with a self-titled album released in 1986 on Geffen Records and produced by T-Bone Burnett. The album included a number of songs cowritten by Case's first wife, Victoria Williams, and also featured the talents of John Hiatt and Roger McGuinn of The Byrds.
In 1989, Case released a second solo disc, The Man With the Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar, this time with the help of artists like David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, and Benmont Tench. While not a hit, the album was a favorite of critics and other musicians: Bruce Springsteen told Rolling Stone that he was listening to Peter Case more than anyone else that year.
Throughout the '90s and early 2000s, Case continued to release discs as a solo performer, moving in an increasingly acoustic-based direction, and playing clubs and small venues.
Case is also an active musicologist: in the late 1990's, he curated the musical program for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In 2001, Case organized, produced, and performed on a tribute album to blues music pioneer Mississippi John Hurt. Case also had the chance to perform Beatles songs at the Hollywood Bowl with Sir George Martin.
- Peter Case, 1986 album
- The Man With the Blue Post-Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar, 1989 album
- Six-Pack of Love, 1992 album
- Sings Like Hell, 1993 album
- Torn Again, 1995 album
- Full Service No Waiting, 1998 album
- Flying Saucer Blues, 2000 album
- Thank You St. Jude, 2001 album
- Beeline, 2002 album
- "Who's Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile" 2004 album
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