So Rebellious a Lover, 1987
Clark enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in the 1980s, as bands in Los Angeles' Paisley Underground scene as well as Athens, Georgia, college-rock icons R.E.M. drew from his melancholy blueprint. Around this time, while hashing out a new project in a living-room session, Clark found himself singing duets with the Textones' Carla Olson, their voices naturally melding into a perfect whole. On the ensuing early alt-country effort, So Rebellious a Lover, the duo set their distinct voices to heartfelt mandolin and dobro. "Put your face into the wind/ find another road where you've never been," Clark sings in a world-weary voice on the album's autobiographical "Gypsy Rider," sounding resigned to his fate. So Rebellious a Lover would be the man's last studio album, as he succumbed to natural causes exacerbated by alcoholism in 1991 at the age of 46.