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Before the 90s. Before the internet. Before Nevermind. Back when something called "independent music" first began reaching a wider audience, through college radio, word-of-mouth, and that small "underground" record store you seem to find in every town...there was a band from Boston called Lemonheads.
High school friends Ben Deily and Evan Dando, Lemonheads' primary songwriters, co-guitarists and co-vocalists, first recorded together on 4-track cassette in the spring of 1985; by the end of the decade they-together with bass player Jesse Peretz, sometimes-guitarist Corey Brennan, and successive drummers Doug Trachten and John P. Strohm-had created a body of recordings which would see them on MTV's fledgling "120 Minutes," beating out the Grateful Dead on college radio charts, and entering the consciousness of a generation of music fans.
Cited as influences by artists as varied as Billie Joe Armstrong and Ryan Adams, these fledgling Lemonheads recordings-part rock, part pop, part unique hybrid of the 80s punk styles beloved by the band members-mark the start of the trajectory that would eventually lead to "mainstream" success and stardom for a later version of the band. But they also represent a distinct, never-repeated phase of the band's history: one that is finally receiving the attention it deserves.
Fire Records will be reissuing the first three albums by the Lemonheads, Hate Your Friends (1987), Creator (1988) and Lick (1989), featuring copious bonus tracks and many never-before released rarities and live recordings. Together, these seminal albums showcase the band's early punk rock roots-and trace the Lemonheads' transformation towards becoming one of the most successful and influential bands in indie rock.
Listen to and watch 'Mallo Cup' from Lick below: