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Evan Dando

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Lemonheads vocalist/guitarist/songwriter (and sometimes drummer) Evan Dando was among option rock’s most publicized performers through the early ’90s, before medicines derailed his profession and nearly killed him. Given birth to on March 4, 1967 and elevated within the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, Dando experienced gravitated toward such important ’80s punk clothes as Hüsker Dü as well as the Substitutes, which resulted in the forming of the Lemonheads from the middle-’80s. The group’s initial lineup contains Dando, Ben Deily (vocals, acoustic guitar, drums), and Jesse Peretz (bass), and was presented around the 1986 EP Laughing Completely towards the Cleaners, that your band released independently. With full-time drummer Doug Trachten becoming a member of the strap, the Lemonheads authorized on using the Taang! label, and released such further produces as 1987’s Hate FRIENDS AND FAMILY, 1988’s Inventor, and 1989’s Lick; the latter included a tough and tumble reading of Suzanne Vega’s “Luka,” which received moderate achievement on MTV and university radio. A rift between bandmembers grew with each successive discharge, resulting in Dando eventually getting the only first member still left in attendance with the dawn from the ’90s. Subsequently, Dando maintained the Lemonheads name and agreed upon on with Atlantic. The Lemonheads’ major-label debut, Lovey, demonstrated the fact that once straight-ahead punk music group got grown into even more of an alt-pop clothing, as Dando also tackled such previously unexplored noises as jangle pop and country-rock. Around once, he guested in the Blake Infants’ sophomore discharge, Earwig, and released an obscure single EP, Favorite Spanish Meals, which included another oddball cover, this time around of the brand new Kids in the Block’s “Step-by-step.” With Nirvana having cleared just how for various other alt-rock rings by 1992, Dando as well as the Lemonheads couldn’t possess picked an improved time to concern what is regarded as by many to become their best record, It’s a Pity About Ray. With Dando tagged being a sex image with the press for this period, a buzz throughout the group grew because of performances on countless newspaper addresses. Nonetheless it wasn’t until a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” was added on another printing from the album the fact that Lemonheads finally broke through commercially, leading to It’s a Pity About Ray ultimately reaching gold qualification. A follow-up record, 1993’s Seriously Have the Lemonheads, was another achievement (also reaching silver qualification), but rumours that Dando was indulging as well intensely in hard medications were eventually verified as reality, which resulted in Dando as well as the Lemonheads’ downfall. Using a backlash because of all of the press insurance circa “Mrs. Robinson” and a protracted layoff between their following discharge, 1996’s unfocused and generally ignored Car Key Material, the Lemonheads ultimately split up. Small was noticed from Dando eventually, as it made an appearance he’d completely dropped off the facial skin of the planet earth. But by 2000, he was healthful enough to come back (joking that he’d spent recent years “carrying out displays for Enya”), showing up with previous pals the Blake Infants and playing many solo acoustic displays. 2001 noticed Dando launch a far more considerable single acoustic tour and concern his first single full-length, the in-concert Live in the Brattle Theater/Griffith Sunset, which similarly mixed originals alongside addresses. Around once, Dando became a member of up with previous Smashing Pumpkins users Wayne Iha and Melissa Auf Der Maur (and, allegedly, also Ryan Adams) in a fresh group, the Virgins. Dando also started setting up the groundwork for his 1st solo studio room full-length. In 2003, he surfaced using the wonderfully lovely Baby I’m Fed up. Guest places from Ben Lee, ex-Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon, and maker Jon Brion produced Dando’s first single studio effort sparkle. In 2003, he reunited the Lemonheads and released an eponymous recording. Three years later on, the band came back using the Gibby Haynes-produced addresses album Varshons. Through the entire years, Dando offers tried his hands at performing (little bit parts in the films Fact Bites and Large), and it has guested on additional artist’s recordings, including Juliana Hatfield’s Hey Babe and Forever Baby, Godstar’s Sleeper and Poor Poor Implications, Kirsty MacColl’s Galore, Mike Watt’s Ball-Hog or Tugboat?, and Mary Lorson’s Methods for Dawn. Dando also penned a music with users of Oasis, “Crimson Parallelagram,” sometime through the middle-’90s (the music was to become included on Car Switch Fabric, before Oasis demanded it become omitted). In 2016, Dando created a new task with Willy Mason and Marciana Jones known as the Sandwich Law enforcement. Created being a tribute to rings agreed upon to New Zealand indie label Traveling Nun, TSP released a three-song one in the springtime and embarked on a brief tour helping Courtney Barnett.

Quick Facts


Full Name Evan Dando
Profession Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Education Commonwealth School, Skidmore College
Nationality American
Spouse Elizabeth Moses
Parents Susan Dando, Jeffrey Dando
Music Groups The Lemonheads, Blake Babies
Music Songs My Hero, Zero, My Drug Buddy, In the Grass All Wine Colored, Why Do You Do This to Yourself?, Into Your Arms, The Same Thing You Thought Hard About Is the Same Part I Can Live Without, Down About It, Stop My Head, Rancho Santa Fe, The Ballad of El Goodo, It's a Shame About Ray, Mrs. Robinson, Frying Pan, Buddy, Shots Is Fired, Hannah and Gabi, The Outdoor Type, If I Could Talk I'd Tell You, Being Around, $1000 Wedding, Lovely New York, Hard Drive, The Turnpike Down, Looking for Space, Big Gay Heart, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Tenderfoot, Alison's Starting to Happen, Hannah & Gabi, Confetti, Rudderless, I Just Can't Take It Anymore
Albums Baby I'm Bored, Live At The Brattle Theatre, It's a Shame About Ray, Come on Feel the Lemonheads, Lovely New York / Girls Keith
Movies Heavy, Reality Bites


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#Fact
1 Formed a band called The Virgins with ex-Smashing Pumpkin James Iha, ex-Hole/Smashing Pumpkin Melissa Auf der Maur and Ex-Whiskeytown member Ryan Adams.
2 In 1995 he sang with the late Kirsty MacColl on the song 'Perfect Day', featured on her greatest hits CD, 'Galore'. He then later recorded the same song in 1997 as part of the 'BBC Children In Need Charity' alongside 28 others.
3 Performed at the anti-war "One Big No" concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London. [March 2003]
4 Released a single in 2002 with Ben Lee and Jason Schwartzman
5 Singer/guitarist/songwriter of seminal Boston band The Lemonheads.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Mad Fat Diary 2013-2014 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Young Adult 2011 writer: "It's a Shame About Ray"
Passenger Side 2009 performer: "Hard Drive"
Catch and Release 2006/II writer: "My Drug Buddy" 1992
9 Songs 2004 lyrics: "You Were the Last High" Live / music: "You Were the Last High" Live
Dig! 2004 Documentary writer: "You Were the Last High" - as E. Dando
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 2003 "The Last High"
There's Something About Mary 1998 writer: "If I Could Talk I'd Tell You"
Burnzy's Last Call 1995 performer: "Baby You're a Drag"
Empire Records 1995 performer: "The Ballad of El Goodo"
Heavy 1995 performer: "Frying Pan", "How Much I've Lied", "Stuffing? I'm Staying!", "Walking Over Hot Coals"
My So-Called Life 1994 TV Series writer: "Dawn Can't Decide"
Amongst Friends 1993 writer: "It's A Shame About Ray"
A Matter of Degrees 1990 writer: "Mallo Cup", "Stove"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heavy 1995 Jeff
Reality Bites 1994 Actor 'Roy'

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grand Theft Parsons 2003 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live at Moog 2010 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest
Hard Rock Live 1997 TV Series
The Girlie Show 1997 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
Perfect Day 1997 Video short Himself - vocalist
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994-1996 TV Series Themselves - Musical Guest / Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Himself
Glastonbury: The Movie in Flashback 1995 Documentary as Lemonheads
With... 1994 TV Series documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 1994 TV Series Himself
Seven Deadly Sins: An MTV News Special Report 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hit So Hard 2011 Documentary Himself
Oasis: Definitely Maybe 2004 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)

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#Quote
1 I don't write down my experiences, but I have a very decent memory. I have tons of books in which I write down phrases as they occur to me. That's how I write songs. I'll need a line and I'll go through the books and find it, the right rhyme and everything.


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