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Elastica

Elastica's brief, angular, and catchy punk rock became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1995. While the group reworked both the sound and the image of new wave and punk rockers like Adam & the Ants, Wire, the Buzzcocks, and Blondie, the band's songs are more pop-oriented and hook-driven than most of their influences, and Justine Frischmann's cool sexuality is earthier, yet more detached, than Debbie Harry's.

Guitarist/vocalist Justine Frischmann began performing professionally in the early '90s, forming Suede with her boyfriend Brett Anderson. In addition to naming the band, Frischmann was the group's original guitarist and continued to perform with them once lead guitarist Bernard Butler joined. However, she left the group soon after her relationship with Anderson ended. Frischmann formed Elastica after leaving Suede in 1991. Recruiting guitarist Donna Matthews, drummer Justin Welch, and bassist Annie Holland through advertisements, the final lineup of the band was set in 1993. Elastica released their first single, the roaring three-chord, two-minute punk rocker "Stutter," at the end of 1993. The single was a limited-edition run and it quickly sold out, thanks to radio airplay and rave reviews. "Line Up" followed a few months later. It also sold very well, yet some critics claimed the band appropriated the melody from Wire's "I Am the Fly" for the song. For most of 1994, the group was relatively quiet, playing the occasional concert and recording; nevertheless, the band's name stayed in the British press, largely due to Frischmann's romance with Damon Albarn, the lead singer for Blur, England's most popular band of 1994. Released in the fall of that year, "Connection," their biggest hit yet, suffered the same criticism, this time for taking the keyboard riff from Wire's "Three Girl Rhumba." On the eve of the March 1995 release of their debut album, the group was taken to court by Wire's publishers, as well as the publishers of the Stranglers (who claimed Elastica's new single, "Waking Up," took the riff from the punk band's "No More Heroes"); both cases were settled out of court before the album was released.

Entering the charts at number one, Elastica's self-titled first album became the fastest-selling debut in the U.K., beating the record Oasis' Definitely Maybe set only seven months earlier. As well as being a popular success, the record received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Like Oasis, Elastica managed to have a hit single in America with "Connection"; the single was a major modern rock radio hit, as well as reaching the Top 100 on the singles chart. Elastica continued to make headway in America by replacing Sinead O'Connor on the 1995 Lollapalooza tour, although the group suffered a blow when Holland announced her exit from the lineup. A follow-up LP was years in the making, and Elastica's future was the subject of considerable media speculation; in the spring of 1999 Matthews quit as well, although Holland soon returned to the fold, joining new guitarist Paul Jones as well as keyboardists Dave Bush and Mew. A new six-track EP finally appeared late that summer. Their long-awaited sophomore effort, The Menace, was finally released six years after the band's debut. After a year of inactivity, the band released a farewell single in England and announced that their breakup, which had been rumored about them for some time, was, indeed final. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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This band was thrashing didn't last sad
jeneyo
Elastica never gets old. Been listening to them the last 20 year's almost.
much better then Adam and the Ants. to associate them is a sin.....Not to say i don't like Adam and the Ants

its a shame they only have 2 albums (and only 1 is really worth listening to)
Connection, Stutter - Three chord greatness, rest of the album just OK.
I still play their self-titled album regularly. Dig the hooks. Reminds me of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in some ways. Rebellious chick with punky attitude.
pochmartin
Justine Frischmann made love to me with her eyes at the Metro in Chicago...ci r c a mid 90s.
what was the song by this band that had the XXX lyrics ???
clishat
Romeo Void meets garbage meets Veruca Salt meets....... B L E C H
I've been in love with Justine for some time now... Her voice makes me tingly all over. I still have their original self titled album, and it never gets old. Very solid tunes... Also, Justine's voice makes me tingly (did i mention that?)
Hmmmmmm....y u c k .
Elastica kicks a**!
Amazingly Musical and cool as s**t!
not bad.
If you remember the 80's and remember this band, thats flat out amazing since they formed- IN THE 90's. Pretty much a one hit wonder (at least on this side of the pond)
Happy birthday to me!!
xuxr113
They were an o.k. band. Nothing too special. Thye have catchy tunes though,but so does Brittany Spears.
I agree with you Joel. I love this band!
bromide01
I remember the 80's.
Look for the German band TRIO to find the original DA DA DA - early 80s
The debut album was almost perfect.

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