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Mark Mulcahy is an American musician and former front-man for the New Haven, Connecticut-based band Miracle Legion in the 1980s to mid-1990s. The band earned modest renown, especially in their native New England region, but disbanded after a sad turn of events with their record label, Morgan Creek Records. Mark soon formed Polaris, a house band for the mid-1990s alternative television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1993–1996). They are perhaps best remembered for the song "Hey Sandy" as it was featured in the opening credits of each show, and for nostalgic tunes such as "Waiting for October" and "Saturnine". Following the cancellation of Pete & Pete, Mulcahy found himself playing his own shows in New York City and building up his career from a shadowy past. Mulcahy has opened for many notable artists including Oasis and Jeff Buckley and received homage from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who dedicated a song to Mulcahy at a Boston show. Mark is still working on his solo career today via his own label Mezzotint.com.
In 2003 Mulcahy was invited to sing a Haiku poem, "Haiku Three In The Museum Garden", by Nobel Laureate George Seferis, on the international release of Electronica band Sigmatropic Sixteen Haiku & Other Stories (Hitch Hyke | Tongue Master | Thirsty Ear) which also featured the likes of Robert Wyatt, Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Cat Power, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Eitzel, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Howe Gelb & Steve Wynn amongst many others.
A subsequent limited edition 12-inch by Sigmatropic the following year, Could That Be The Voice? (Tongue Master Records), featured Mulcahy on two featured alternate remixes, "Haiku One" and "Haiku Four", as well as contributions by Edith Frost & Carla Torgerson (The Walkabouts).
He also composed the music for and performed in Ben Katchor's 2004 musical, The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, or, The Friends of Dr. Rushower. Mulcahy also co-wrote the musical The Rosenbach Company with Katchor.
His song "Cookie Jar" was used in the 2008 movie Management over the closing credits.
A tribute album titled Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy was released on September 15, 2009, featuring contributions from Thom Yorke, Frank Black, The National, Dinosaur Jr., Michael Stipe, Juliana Hatfield, Mercury Rev, David Berkeley, Frank Turner. The album also serves as a benefit for Mulcahy, whose wife Melissa died in 2008.
Mulcahy re-emerged in 2012 with a reunion show with Polaris at Cinefamily's Everything is Festival III on August 28. Following the performance, a Twitter and Facebook page for Polaris appeared. Mulcahy played a four-date tour in England in early December, including a performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. In addition, Mulcahy's new single "Low Birthweight Child/The Cottage That We Rented Had a Name" was released on December 10 by U.K.-based Tongue Master Records. In 2013 he released his first full-length album in eight years, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You, and is currently on a minor tour in the U.S. Mulcahy appears on the latest CD of J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Tied to a Star (2014), singing on two tracks.
- Fathering (1997) CD on the Mezzotint Label/Loose Music
- C.O.D. (1999) 7-inch vinyl on Lissy Records
- I Just Shot Myself in the Foot Again (2000) EP on Mezzotint
- Smilesunset (2001) CD/LP on Mezzotint/Loose Music
- In Pursuit of Your Happiness (2005) CD on Mezzotint/Loose Music
- Love's the Only Thing That Shuts Me Up (2005) EP on Mezzotint
- Low Birthweight Child ‘ | ‘The Cottage That We Rented Had a Name (2012) - 7-inch vinyl on Tongue Master Records
- Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You (2013) on Fire Records/Mezzotint