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    James Marsters

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    1Layabout lyrics
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    Buffy The Vampire Slayer feat. James Marsters and Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Katie lyrics
    Poor Robyn lyrics
    5Every Man Thinks God Is On His Side lyrics
    Civilized Man lyrics
    Rest In Peace lyrics
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer feat. James Marsters
    8This Town lyrics
    9Too Fast lyrics
    10Looking at you lyrics

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    Civilized Man [2005]
    2Like A Waterfall [2007]


    James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962) is an American actor and musician. Marsters first came to the attention of the general public playing the popular character Spike, a platinum-blond English vampire in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series, Angel from 1997 to 2004. Since then, he has gone on to play other science fiction roles, such as the alien supervillain Brainiac on the Superman-inspired series Smallville, the omnisexual time traveller Captain John Hart in British science-fiction show Torchwood and terrorist Barnabas Greeley in Syfy's Caprica. In 2007, Marsters appeared in a supporting role in the mainstream movie P.S. I Love You and as the main antagonist, Piccolo, in the 2009 fantasy adventure film Dragonball Evolution.

    Marsters had played in bands and solo in bars and clubs for many years and enjoyed several successful sell-out solo gigs at Los Angeles clubs before forming a band. For these solo gigs he mainly performed covers of classic folk and rock musicians such as Tom Waits, Neil Young, James Taylor, and Bruce Springsteen. He also sang in "Once More, with Feeling", a musical episode of Buffy: solo parts in "Walk Through the Fire" and "Something To Sing About", and "Rest in Peace" completely on his own.
    Marsters' solo musical career was launched in October 2004, in London. His solo acoustic tour of the United Kingdom in April 2005 sold out.[13] A new solo album "Civilized Man" produced by Chris Rhyne and Andrew Rosenthal[13] was released on April 15, 2005. It includes several new songs as well as the popular "Katie" and "Smile". He has played songs from the album live in Detroit, Houston, Sacramento. Ten of the eleven songs are written by Marsters.

    New solo songs not included on the album but sung at live solo concerts include "Birth of the Blues", "Finer than Gold", "Louise", and "London City". "Finer than Gold", "London City", and "Louise" were composed while on tour in the UK in April 2005. "Birth of the Blues" was composed by Marsters in Amsterdam in 2004 while touring with his now-defunct band.

    During his October 2005 mini-tour of the UK, Marsters introduced other new songs to his sets: "Button Down Vandals", "Up On Me", and "All That She Wanted". These songs were available only as part of his recently released Words and Music DVD, which has his abridged version of Macbeth as well as a full-length solo music performance.

    During his September 2006 convention, James Marsters & Friends,[13] Marsters debuted several new songs including "The Truth Is Heavy", "Fall of Night", "Jealous Man", and "Not A Millionaire". All these songs reflect his new blues music and folk sound.

    He also performed a cover version of Keb Mo's classic "Baby Blue".

    In 2007, Marsters performed live several times in the UK and debuted two new songs written in Cardiff. "Layabout" and "Looking At You" reflect a more upbeat light folk move in Marsters' music. These songs as well as some of his previously unrecorded work will be released on Marsters' second solo album, to be formally launched in Los Angeles and Cardiff in October and November 2007 respectively. The new album, Like A Waterfall,[13] will include twelve songs. All written by Marsters, most have been performed and recorded live but not in the studio. An exception is "When I Was A Baby", a song never previously performed in public.

    Like A Waterfall is produced by Ryan Shore and features several other musicians including Blair Sinta, who has drummed for Alanis Morissette, and Five for Fighting bass player Curt Schneider. It is unknown whether Marsters will form a new band for live performances.

    In 2008 James Marsters Waterfall Tour came to the UK. He played three dates across London and performed for three consecutive days in Milton Keynes. The concert at the packed Union Chapel in Islington was an acoustic set featuring material from his album - Like A Waterfall.[14]

    2009 sees James return to the Union Chapel on May 1,[15] followed by a 'Marstersclass' event at The Drill Hall, in London on May 2.[16] The sell-out event includes a concert, Q&A session plus opportunities to get autographs and photos. May 3 sees James perform at the Legendary 100 Club in London.[17] Prior to the UK dates, James' busy performing schedule sees him heading to Orlando and The Netherlands. Following his UK stint, James heads to New York in June.[18]

    In late 2010, James Marsters re-united with his former band, Ghost of the Robot, and have been playing a few gigs since late 2010 and early 2011.

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