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Mark Eitzel (born January 30, 1959, Columbus, Ohio) is a musician, best known as a songwriter and lead singer of the San Francisco band American Music Club.
Eitzel spent most of his formative years in a military family traveling to different areas of the world, including the United Kingdom. After practicing born-again Christianity as a teenager, he got involved in alcohol.
His first band was formed while he was back in Columbus, called The Naked Skinnies. They disbanded within three years, and, in 1982, Eitzel formed American Music Club (AMC). The band performed and created albums for twelve years, never very stable as a group. At one point, Eitzel also sang with San Francisco's Toiling Midgets, and often recorded solo work while involved in AMC.
American Music Club disbanded in 1993, and Eitzel focused on his solo career, releasing 60 Watt Silver Lining as a compilation of songs he had recorded over the years in 1996. Following this, he released West in 1997 with help from R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, with whom he also toured. He followed up with Caught in a Trap and I Can't Back out 'Cause I Love You Too Much, Baby, assisted...