15 September 2020

15 September 2020 - Lush - Ladykillers

I've certainly posted about Lush in the past - but I posted about their shoegaze stuff.   

This is nearer to the end of their time together, in the mid-1990s, when they were starting to get poppy and score a radio hit or two.

This song, from what would be their final album (more on that in a minute), 1996's Lovelife, featured a sound that has been called, much to vocalist Miki Berenyi's chagrin, Elastica-esque.  On the surface, it looks like a general takedown of overpushy guys hitting on women in bars.... but Berenyi, who wrote the song, had a couple of guys in mind - like Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chili Peppers, who really DID hit on her in a bar.  The men featured in the video are actually meant to look like the gentlemen on whom the song is based upon, so the legend goes.

The band toured through September 1996, ending their tour in Japan.  In October, drummer Chris Acland hung himself, putting the band on hiatus for twenty years - effectively breaking them up at the height of their fame.

Here they are on Conan from earlier in 1996.  

In 2016, they were finally done grieving and reformed, with Justin Welch from Elastica (yes, yes, I know) on drums.

They released an EP and toured throughout 2016, breaking up for good at the end of the year.  Here they are performing their Elastica-esque song with an Elastica-esque drummer at Coachella. I make jokes, but they sound amazing. 

Sadly, this is the LAST time they performed the song.  Lush was a great band, with a beginning, middle, and end.  Miki Berenyi would go on to front a new band.... but that's a post for another day.

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