11 Songs, 43 Minutes


About Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help

Glenn Morrow's Cry for Help marked a return to performing for titular group leader Morrow, who had become a major behind-the-scenes figure in East Coast indie rock after retiring from the stage in the late '80s. Morrow's notable musical endeavors began in 1978, when he and Richard Barone formed a band called "a". Morrow and Barone shared an apartment that was a short walk from a newly opened bar called Maxwell's, and they asked the owner, Steve Fallon, if he was interested in having live music at his club. "a" became the first band to play at Maxwell's; after Morrow's departure, the group would evolve into the Bongos, and Maxwell's became one of the hippest showcases in the New York/New Jersey area, playing host to touring acts as well as local heroes the dB's, the Bongos, the Feelies, and Yo La Tengo. After leaving "a", Morrow was a founding member of the Individuals, another idiosyncratic pop act which also featured future members of the Wygals and Splendora. The Individuals cut an EP in 1981, Aqua Marine, and a full-length album, Fields, in 1982, before the band called it quits in 1983. (Aquamarine and Fields were reissued on a two-fer CD in 2008.) During the later days of the Individuals, Morrow launched a side project, Rage to Live, while also working for Warner Bros. Records in their A&R Department, as well as serving as Managing Editor of the respected regional music 'zine New York Rocker. In 1986, Rage to Live released their self-titled debut album through Bar/None Records, a newly established Hoboken-based indie label founded by Irish expatriate Tom Prendergast. Morrow soon became a partner in Bar/None, and would become sole owner in 2000. In addition to releasing Rage to Live's second and final album, Blame the Victims, in 1989, Bar/None became a successful and respected indie label whose artist roster included They Might Be Giants, Yo La Tengo, Freedy Johnston, Tindersticks, Edwyn Collins, the Feelies, Of Montreal, Alex Chilton, and dozens of others. After the release of the second Rage to Live album, Morrow stopped performing and focused on growing the Bar/None label, but in 2013, when it was announced that Maxwell's was being closed, Morrow took part in reunion shows with the Individuals and "a" to celebrate the club's final days. The shows gave Morrow a taste for performing again, and he began writing new songs and playing out with a new band he called Glenn Morrow's Cry for Help. In addition to Morrow on guitar and vocals, the band featured Ric Sherman on guitar and backing vocals, Mike Rosenberg on bass and backing vocals, and Ron Metz on drums. In 2017, Morrow and the group issued their self-titled debut album, his first release in 28 years, via another Hoboken-based label, Rhyme & Reason.