Rose McDowall

About Rose McDowall

Rose McDowall was one-half of the '80s new wave duo Strawberry Switchblade. However, the bouncy, keyboard-laden pop of Strawberry Switchblade bears little resemblance to the work she would later do. After Strawberry Switchblade, McDowall became involved with darker and far less commercial artists like Current 93 and Nurse with Wound, acts known for delving into gloomy folk and industrial noise. In the '90s, McDowall collaborated with Boyd Rice in the band Spell, releasing one album of cover songs for Mute in 1993, and with her then-husband Robert Lee as Sorrow, releasing a string of spooky gothic folk albums. She kept a low profile after that, resurfacing in 2015 with Cut with the Cake Knife, a collection of songs she recorded between 1986 and 1988. ~ Michael Sutton

Glasgow, Scotland
October 21, 1959
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