Lick (album)

Lick (album)

Infobox Album |
Name = Lick
Type = Album
Artist = The Lemonheads

Released = 1989 (original LP) 1992 (CD reissue with bonus tracks)
Recorded = 1988
Genre = Alternative, Pop rock
Length =
Label = Taang! Records
Producer = Tom Hamilton and Terry Katzman
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4|5 [ link]
Last album = "Creator" (1988)
This album = "Lick" (1989)
Next album = "Lovey" (1990)

"Lick" is the third album by The Lemonheads and the last to feature founding member Ben Deily. It was released in 1989 and was the group's last album before signing to major label Atlantic. Due to a typo on the album itself, many believe that this record was actually released in 1988, but this appears to be false as the previous album, "Creator", was released. As with their first two albums, it was re-released as a CD in 1992, with two bonus tracks.

Album information

As would become something of a trademark, the band's lineup featured some significant differences from both previous and later albums. While the band had officially broken up after recording their second album "Creator" in 1988, they were offered a chance to play on a European tour. In early 1989, the band reformed with Evan Dando as the lead singer and drummer, Corey Loog Brennan and Ben Deily on guitars, and Jesse Peretz on bass. Deily and Dando were still not getting along, and their personality clashes and technical difficulties in the studio meant that only 5 new original songs were recorded. To fill out the album, several earlier unreleased tracks, b-sides, and cover songs were added to the album. After completion, Deily left the band permanently, replaced on the band's subsequent European tour by Dando on guitars and Mark Natola on drums. Peretz, the other original member, would remain to record the bands next album, "Lovey", but he too would leave. From that point forward, frequent lineup changes would make the Lemonheads little more than an Evan Dando backing group.


*"Q" (2/96, p.109) - "...the seeds of their future and mainstream successes were firmly sown...and about to emerge..."
*Melody Maker (12/16/95, p.32) - Recommended - "...the rapidly budding Dando [flexes] a burgeoning [songwriting] talent....the real killer here is "Luka," a wired rewrite of Suzanne Vega's ghastly, mawkish hit; [shows a] talent for melancholy recontextualisation of the oddest source material..."

Track listing

All songs by Evan Dando unless otherwise stated.

# "Mallo Cup" – 2:12
# "Glad I Don't Know" – 1:21
# "7 Powers" (Ben Deily) – 2:32
# "Circle of One" – 2:49
# "Cazzo Di Ferro" (Corey Loog Brennan/Dando) – 3:45
# "Anyway" (Deily) – 3:10
# "Luka" (Suzanne Vega) – 3:09
# "Come Back D.A." – 1:54
# "I Am a Rabbit" (Proud Scum) – 1:46
# "Sad Girl" – 1:48
# "Ever" (Deily) – 2:48
#*The album was later re-released with the b-sides to the "Luka" single included as extra tracks.
# "Strange" (Mel Tillis/Fred Burch) – 2:57
# "Mad" – 1:41

Note: Only tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, and 8 were written and recorded specifically for this album. The rest of the album consists of b-sides and unreleased recordings from earlier sessions.


*Evan Dando (drums, lead vocals, guitar on tracks 3, 6, 7, 10)
*Ben Deily (guitar, piano, lead vocals on tracks 3, 6, 10)
*Corey Loog Brennan (lead guitar)
*Jesse Peretz (bass guitar)
*John Strohm (drums on track 7)
*Doug Trachten (drums on track 10)


*citation | last = Brennan | first = Corey | contribution = Liner Notes to 1992 CD release | title = Lick (CD) | publisher = TAANG! Records | place = Cambridge, MA |date=1992
*cite web | title = Lick | publisher = | url = | date = 2008 | accessdate = 2008-04-22

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