Listening to Sparklehorse is difficult because of what I/we know about singer-songwriter Mark Linkous’s life. Good Morning Spider is the record he made after he nearly died from an overdose in a London hotel while supporting Radiohead on the first Sparklehorse tour in 1996. Two years later, I was lucky enough to see him tour the album and the miserably beautiful song ‘Painbirds’. A decade later, while in the process of breaking up with his wife of 20 years, Linkous was greatly affected by the suicide of his close friend Vic Chesnutt. A few months later he shot himself in the heart. A really sad story – a wonderful song.