Refining the riot grrrl aesthetic to a straightforward, bratty attitude, Kenickie had been among a rash of British teenage punk-pop rings that emerged within the wake of Supergrass’ success within the mid-’90s. Even more indebted to indie rock and roll than either Supergrass or their peers Ash, but significantly much less strident, amateurish and cutesy compared to the Bis, Kenickie’s music wasn’t always revolutionary, nonetheless it acquired an invigorating energy that gained them a cult pursuing within the united kingdom music press prior to the release of the 1997 debut album, On the Membership. Schoolmates Lauren Laverne (vocals, electric guitar), Marie Du Stantiago (electric guitar) and Emmy-Kate Montroe (bass) produced Kenickie in August, 1994 because they had been studying in supplementary college. All three had been age 16. Laverne’s old sibling, Johnny X, was recruited as drummer, as well as the band thought we would contact themselves Kenickie, naming themselves after John Travolta’s sidekick from Grease. On the next couple of months, they composed a batch of music, made a demonstration and by past due 1994, that they had started playing indie night clubs. Creation Information’ Alan McGee contacted the music group in Feb of 1995, however they declined his provide, preferring release a some indie singles. John Peel off played their demonstration Catsuit Town prior to its Apr 1995 release from the Newcastle-based indie label, Slampt. The seven-inch Catsuit Town EP developed a hype around Kenickie but for their research and “A” level checks, they didn’t launch their second solitary, “TURN OUT 2 Nite,” until almost a year later on. The music was the business lead track on the second EP, Skillex, which made an appearance within the hip Fierce Panda label within the springtime of 1996. Several months later on, the band got authorized to Emidisc, a subsidiary of EMI going by St. Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. Within the latter 1 / 2 of 1996, Kenickie released two singles — “Punka” and “Millionaire Sweeper” — which reached quantities 44 and 60 respectively and significantly expanded their pursuing. Early in 1997, that they had their initial Top 40 strike with the quantity 24 “In YOUR VEHICLE.” The one was implemented in April with the band’s full-length debut, On the Membership.
Music Songs Punka, In Your Car, I Would Fix You, Come Out 2Nite, It Started With a Kiss, Stay in the Sun, How I Was Made, People We Want, Save Your Kisses for Me, Private Buchowski, Rama Lama Lama, Nightlife, SK8BDN Song, My Nites Out, Perfect Plan, Scared of Spiders, Snakebite, Millionaire Sweeper, I'm An Agent, I Never Complain, 60's Bitch, Lunch at Lassiters, Run Me Over, Magnatron, Robot Song, Psychic Defence, Weeknights, Lights Out In a Provincial Town, Acetone, Can I Take U 2 The Cinema, Skateboard Song, Eat the Angel
Albums At the Club, Get In, Catsuit City, Skillex
Grease was the film on which actor Jeff Conaway became addicted to drugs. While playing Kenickie, he was shooting the "Greased Lightning" musical number, and he was accidentally dropped, hurting his back. He started taking pain killers, eventually then abusing prescription drugs, starting Conaway on the downward spiral into drug addiction until he died in 2011 at age 60.
Although he struggled with addiction problems throughout most of his adult life, many of Conaway's coworkers said he was always the consummate professional on the job. After Conaway's death, fellow Babylon 5 (1994) star, Bruce Boxleitner, stated publicly that he had never seen Conaway in any state but sober at work, and always arrived on-time and prepared.
He is survived by his girlfriend of seven years, Victoria Spinoza; his two sisters, Michele Conaway and Carla Conaway; a stepson, Emerson Newton-John and two step-grandchildren.
He studied for a year at the North Carolina School of the Arts and transferred to New York University in New York City.
Upon his death, he was cremated.
Played guitar and sang lead as a teenager for a rock band called "The 3 1/2". The band released four singles for Cameo Records in 1966 and 1967, one of which was produced and written by Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits.
Having struggled with addiction for many years, Jeff had been trying to treat himself with pain killers and cold medicine in May, 2011. He was found unconscious in his home on May 11, 2011. He remained in a coma until his family terminated life support on May 27, 2011.
Saw an episode of Babylon 5 (1994) on TV and liked it so much he went down to the production studio to see the show being filmed. He was spotted and used for a bit part, which grew into a recurring character and, eventually, a full-time role in the series.
Appeared in an episode of Murder, She Wrote (1984) ("Birds of a Feather") as an Off-Broadway actor from New York who had been "mostly a cab driver" - a reference to his role in the TV series, Taxi (1978).
Though he played Kenickie in the movie version of Grease (1978), he appeared in the Broadway production as Danny Zuko.
While filming Grease (1978), had to walk slightly stooped so John Travolta would appear taller.
Wanted to be an astronaut when he was little.
Is a (step)grandfather (grandson Brin born January 1997). (Admitted this on NBC's Later (1994), July 6/98, with guest host Rita Considine). Also has a granddaughter, Valerie.