more from
Fire Archive

Lick (Deluxe)

by The Lemonheads

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      £10 GBP

     

  • CD
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Includes unlimited streaming of Lick (Deluxe) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

  • 180g Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Includes unlimited streaming of Lick (Deluxe) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

  • 3 x CD Bundle - 'When The Lemonheads Were Punk' - All Three Reissues
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    *We are all out of the coloured vinyl edition, but fear not, we also pressed these up on 180gram black vinyl!

    When The Lemonheads Were Punk. To celebrate the re-issues of the first three Lemonheads records, Hate Your Friends, Creator and Lick, we are offering a special bundle price for all three for a limited time only.

    The releases feature extra tracks including previously unreleased recordings.

    The vinyl reissues come on coloured vinyl and include a 'bumper' sticker and a CD featuring the extra material, as well as the album tracks.


    Hate Your Friends (Deluxe)
    CD - with 17 extra tracks and sleeve notes by Ben Deily
    LP - Original LP pressed on 180gram vinyl with yellow Lemonheads 'Bumper' sticker and CD containing all audio, including 17 extra tracks


    Creator (Deluxe)
    CD - with 11 extra tracks and sleeve notes by John Strohm
    LP - Original LP pressed on 180gram vinyl with blue Lemonheads 'Bumper' sticker and CD containing all audio, including 11 extra tracks


    Lick (Deluxe)
    CD - with 12 extra tracks
    LP - Original LP pressed on 180gram vinyl with pink Lemonheads 'Bumper' sticker and CD containing all audio, including 12 extra tracks

    Includes unlimited streaming of Lick (Deluxe) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more

    Sold Out

1.
02:12
2.
3.
02:31
4.
5.
6.
03:10
7.
03:08
8.
9.
10.
01:47
11.
02:51
12.
02:56
13.
01:40
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.

about

Fire Records have reissued 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.


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. Strohmhad created a body of recordings which would see them on MTVs fledgling 120 Minutes, beating out the Grateful Dead on college radio charts, and entering the consciousness of a generation of music fans.




Lick is the third full-length album and the last to feature founding member Ben Deily. It was also the group's last independent label-released album before signing to major label Atlantic.

An odd mixture of brand-new, and considerably older, sounds, 1989s Lick brings together the output of several distinct recording sources: six brand new songs recorded with Minneapolis-based band friend and producer Terry Katzman, and a collection of older, B-side and never-released material originally overseen by producer and engineer Tom Hamilton.

The difficulties of writing and creating a new full-length album every year (Hate Your Friends and Creator were released in 1987 and 1988, respectively) are clearly in evidence on Lick. While the newest material (Mallo Cup, A Circle of One, 7 Powers, Anyway) hints at promising new song writing directions for both Deily and Dando, there's an almost valedictory sense of the past in the inclusion of versions of Glad I Don't Know and I Am a Rabbit (from the bands' first-ever, self-released EP), and the now-classic track 'Ever', a previously-unreleased tune from the original 1986 'Hate Your Friends' sessions. At moments, Lick almost sounds like an elegy for itself or an elegy for a band that has reached the end of the beginning.

Also audible in the heterogeneous songs are the tensions of line-up changes and inchoate, growing frustrations. After various band break-ups or threatened break ups (such as Dando's brief departure to play bass for Boston band the Blake Babies), the Lemonheads convened to record new material for Lick now featured Dando on drums, Peretz on bass, Deily on guitar (and piano, according to the album credits) along with the addition of long-time band friend and former member of TAANG! Label mates Bullet LaVolta, Corey Loog Brennan on lead guitar. And yet the frenzied, quasi-ironic hammer-ons of Corey's axe provide some of Licks most entertaining moments like the unaccountably-translated-into-Italian paen to 70s detective Ironside, Cazzo Di Ferro. (The songs music was originally composed by Brennan for his Italian punk band, Superfetazione.)

After the albums completion, Deily opted out of the subsequent European tour, before leaving the band permanently. Jesse Peretz stayed on to record their Atlantic records debut Lovey, but left after the supporting tour in '91. Since then, Dando has been the Lemonheads' sole permanent member
.
BONUS TRACKS:

This Fire Records re-issue features bonus tracks including several never-before-released live tracks from a 1987 radio session, live tracks and an interview from the 1989 European tour, and the 4 tracks of the Lemonheads self-released debut EP, Laughing all the way to the cleaners.

credits

released October 7, 2013

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

The Lemonheads Boston, Massachusetts

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. ... more

contact / help

Contact The Lemonheads

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like The Lemonheads, you may also like: