What happened to LUSH?

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What happened to LUSH?

Todd, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one committed suicide in kendal a few years back. one is now in sing sing. i don't know about the other two

gareth, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Sing Sing - the prison? or is it a band?

Winkelmann, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

PHILIP KING was in FELT.. what happened to him? MIKI?

todd, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I thought both miki and emma were in Sing Sing.

MarkH, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No, it's pretty much Emma's band...Miki seems to have dropped off the face of the earth.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Miki and Phil King were 'outed' by another site who'd checked up on them on friends reunited as working for a TV listings magazine at IPC...Sing Sing are touring UK as we speak...US later..

Mat O, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Drummer Chris Acland -- a virtual CLONE of Peter Murphy -- hung himself and that pretty much ended the band. No idea what Miki's gotten up to since then. Sad, really. There was a singles compilation of theirs about a year back or so. Loved them at the time, but their stuff hasn't aged so well, it seems.

Alex in NYC, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was back at someone else's place a few months back, and they put Lush's debut album on.... I laughed my ass off at first, but "Ladykillers" was a fucking great song, no?

Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Their best single was and always will be "De-Luxe".

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

And a lovely song it was too. Le sigh.

Drummer Chris Acland -- a virtual CLONE of Peter Murphy

It was weird -- I had seen photos of him (and the band live) but this comparison didn't leap out at me until a MM article mentioned the resemblance, late 1991 or so I think. The photo with it featured his eyes and above in light and the rest in shadow, and the way he glowered made it all perfectly obvious!

Friend of mine interviewed him a few weeks before he killed himself, said that he seemed perfectly happy and chatty. You really can't tell...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Aye, Deluxe has that great chord progression in the chorus/bridge bit. Thoughtforms is great too!

Jez, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd say Lush up to 1992 has aged fine: it sounds timeless, or it sounds like late-80s-early-90s, which are the same thing to me.

After that the sound veers some there are fine tracks on split and even on lovelife, but I could never love them as much as I adore the early records, which remain frosted december heaths.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

now i've "light from a dead star" jammed in my head...

mike (ro)bott, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it's all about "Scarlet" (if I've got the right song...)

Paul, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

laughed your ass off? cause it was so fantastic? every song on gala is a prize. or maybe you're talking about spooky which isn't that great but still better than the later period material which was pretty ordinary.

keith, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I was listening to some of my Lush stuff the other day and was quite surprised as to how little of it wasn't good. It may sound dated but not in an unappealing way.

electric sound of jim, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

But Ladykillers was on their third album, Lovelife... wasn't it?

Mr swygart, Wednesday, 14 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i like lush ok, but if you put it on a mix tape, it always sticks out like a sore thumb. i didn't know you could have so much treble come out of one band!!

Ron, Wednesday, 14 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Treble? Lush? surely some mistake?

electric sound of jim, Wednesday, 14 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Keith- I laughed my ass off because my memory had (incorrectly) filed Lush next to Sleeper, Menswe@r, and Northern Uproar. I was happily proved wrong.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 14 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It is incredingbly hard to find even "Lovelife" these days, not to say any of the earlier albums.

On the Sleeper/Echobelly mistake: they were kind of contemporaries but Emma and Miki had been contemporaries of MBV too, I guess

Arantxa, Wednesday, 14 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The only concert I ever fell asleep at was by Lush. And I wasn't drinking, just tired from queuing for hours to get in as they opened the doors 2 or 3 hours late.

Winkelmann, Wednesday, 14 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The only show I've ever literally fallen asleep at was Sonic Youth. Even at their worst, at least Lush were something to look at. Not so for the `Youth.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 14 August 2002 00:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
for some reason i am listening to the song 'starlust'

ron (ron), Wednesday, 28 August 2002 04:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'cos it's good?

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Wednesday, 28 August 2002 04:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, but it popped in my head for no apparent reason

ron (ron), Wednesday, 28 August 2002 04:34 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

and i'm ok with that, don't get me wrong :-)

ron (ron), Wednesday, 28 August 2002 04:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Just spotted that Emma from Lush is on The Orchestra Pit programme on Resonance FM at 13.15 BST today, talking about her career.

NickB (NickB), Thursday, 21 April 2005 08:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This is starting right now if anyone is particularly keen on catching it.

NickB (NickB), Thursday, 21 April 2005 11:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Miki from Lush was still at IPC aabout a year ago. You see her around the building. She still has super-distinctive hair.

Anna (Anna), Thursday, 21 April 2005 12:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I must disagree w/Alex's statement concerning the two bands' respective looks

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 21 April 2005 12:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I have the singles compilation. Good stuff; I agree that "Ladykillers" is both atypical and their best song, but that doesn't mean everything else is bad. The music is dated, but not in a bad way.

Lyra Jane (Lyra Jane), Thursday, 21 April 2005 13:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I must disagree w/Alex's statement concerning the two bands' respective look

My statement? Well, the bit about falling completely asleep on my feet in front of Sonic Youth is entirely true. I'm not saying Lush blew a new part in my hair and set the room on fire, but they were visually more engaging than Sonic Youth. But, y'know, I've never been a member of Sonic Youth's hallelujah choir, so ya might factor that into your assessment.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 21 April 2005 13:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think Lush were the ultimate mixtape band. They were completely impossible to listen to for more than three songs, but if you put just about anything they did on a mixtape it sounds fantastic.

The idea of getting paperwork or voicemail from Miki Berenyi seems really strange to me. It would be like having Kevin Sheilds fix your plumbing or something. You would sit there thinking "oh my god, oh my god, Kevin from MBV is snaking my toilet."

Disco Nihilist (mjt), Thursday, 21 April 2005 20:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I still think their best song is "De-Luxe".

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 21 April 2005 20:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I interviewed them a couple of times, and they were genuinely the nicest people, Miki and Chris especially. I ran into Chris in London in 1993 (at least a year or so after I'd last interviewed them) at a Neil Young/James/Pearl Jam festival in Finsbury Park, and he completley remembered me (including my name) and bought me more than my fair share of beers. To hear that he took his own life was quite sad.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 21 April 2005 20:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Dan Perry is still right.

Disco Nihilist (mjt), Thursday, 21 April 2005 20:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"De-Luxe" is irrefutably their best song.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 21 April 2005 20:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you might be right about that mixtape thing, dn. they were not an album band.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Thursday, 21 April 2005 20:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i can still hear, in my quiet moments, dave kendall say "and here's lush with 'superblast.'"
i think it's my fave still.

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Thursday, 21 April 2005 20:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I had fun flirting with Miki at a show once. She was sweet.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Thursday, 21 April 2005 21:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

They did some amazing songs in their early days for sure. I've always been in love with Miki and Emma just for the vocals on Spooky and all the different stuff that was on Gala. Chris was a great drummer too..

Johnny Badlees (crispssssss), Thursday, 21 April 2005 21:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
I was never a huge Lush fan, but good grief I heard 'For Love' for the first time in years last night and now it sounds like the best song in the world.

Alba (Alba), Sunday, 8 May 2005 15:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

:-)

But as the others upthread note, "De Luxe" = winner.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Sunday, 8 May 2005 15:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

man, i used to be nuts about that song. i think that was one of the first CDs i ever bought!

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 8 May 2005 15:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Incidentally, I came across Emma from Lush on Friendster once. She didn't say "I am Emma from Lush" but it was her and it was funny.

Alba (Alba), Sunday, 8 May 2005 15:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Re-reading this thread, I have the urge to pick up some of their records again.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Sunday, 8 May 2005 15:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think Lush are back.

Alba (Alba), Sunday, 8 May 2005 16:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

did she talk about when she auctioned off her bed for charity?

keith m (keithmcl), Sunday, 8 May 2005 16:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

So this is tonight! No support band, on stage at 8:30.

I only saw Lush twice and both times it was during the Britpop years, just slightly too young to see them in the early 90s, apparently their setlist will be drawing heavily from the early stuff on this tour, much like Ride I guess.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Monday, 11 April 2016 13:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Enjoy. I'm glad they'll be focusing on the earlier stuff (as I was with Ride) as I didn't listen to much they did after Spooky.

Lionel Richie the Wardrobe (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 11 April 2016 13:43 (one year ago) Permalink

i know Split is considered to be a lost classic but they hated making it. i'm guessing setlists would pretty much resemble the Ciao 'Best Of' but i'd be happy if it was mostly pre-Split tbh. now i just have to avoid seeing the setlists for another 6 months after they shifted the Manchester date around from May to November.

piscesx, Monday, 11 April 2016 13:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Was great. Emma fluffed the solo on hypocrite but that was early on and they were pretty tight after that. I was struggling to think what I'd've liked them to play and only came up with nothing natural. Of course my fucking train was cancelled but luckily there's one more.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Monday, 11 April 2016 22:28 (one year ago) Permalink

sounds excellent judging from reports. saw their last ever Uk gig in 96, bit gutted to have missed the first one since.
and yeah no Nothing Natural is weird.

piscesx, Monday, 11 April 2016 23:06 (one year ago) Permalink

My sister came to visit me in Reading while I was at uni there in 1996 and Lush were playing and she somehow lost her ticket on the way down. We walked all the way back looking for it but didn't find it. I went back and watched them on my own anyway. We did eventually see them together a couple of months later at phoenix festival. I was 19 she was 16. Tbh I only really remember that they played their Zounds cover at the end

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Monday, 11 April 2016 23:13 (one year ago) Permalink

tonight's LA show is being postponed til the 25th

http://buzzbands.la/2016/04/14/lush-show-postponed/

piscesx, Thursday, 14 April 2016 17:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Out of Coachella too. Visa problems, I think.

Lionel Richie the Wardrobe (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 16 April 2016 08:44 (one year ago) Permalink

this Visa stuff sounds bloody crazy.

in the meantime this is excellent

http://4ad.com/forewords/choruslines/

piscesx, Saturday, 16 April 2016 21:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Miki: Steve left after our 'secret' support appearance with Ride at ULU in London, in December 1991. To be honest, when Lush started, we needed a bassist and I asked Steve because he was a nice bloke, not because he was an amazing bass player! His taste in music was quite different to ours and I don't think he even liked any 4AD bands. Once he'd had the experience of a headline tour and making a record, he was done.

Steve: I'd had a brilliant time in the band but I wasn't keen to get on the tour-record-tour bandwagon which I could see looming, so I got out while I was still enjoying it. I missed Miki, Chris and Emma, but I spent my first year out of Lush travelling round the world with my girlfriend and it was the best thing I ever did so I didn't regret leaving.

^ Interesting. I was wondering why they had chosen to go with Phil rather than Steve for the reunion. I was at that gig (the Ride one) and I remember them announcing that it was Steve's final gig with them.

Lionel Richie the Wardrobe (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 16 April 2016 22:46 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah some fascinating stuff in this. good to hear from Steve again. i recall the last gig i saw with him (October '91) they said he was going off 'to write a book'. i sorta forgot just how 'different' each of the first 3 EPS/singles sounded, each having a different producer. they don't sound that separate from each other now.

had to lol at this

Emma: I remember a meeting at Columbia. While they were schmoozing us with all the amazing things they were going to do for us, one of their people was sitting next to me taking notes. I caught a glimpse of his notepad and he'd written: "We already have Ultra Vivid Scene, do we need this band as well?"

piscesx, Saturday, 16 April 2016 23:04 (one year ago) Permalink

And my interview with Miki!

http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/After-two-decades-British-band-Lush-returns-to-7245970.php

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 April 2016 01:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Neg Raggett is a freelancer writer.

lol is that your PUA name?

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Thursday, 21 April 2016 08:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Having seen the set lists for the two gigs they've actually managed to play, it doesn't look like they're going to play my favourite (Ocean) or one that I thought they would definitely play (Nothing Natural).

Lionel Richie the Wardrobe (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 21 April 2016 09:09 (one year ago) Permalink

xpost -- Good ol' Neg.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Neg Radget

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Neg Ratchet

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:43 (one year ago) Permalink

lol

how's life, Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:48 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I'm at The Roundhouse. They'll be on in an hour. Support band is awful.

Lionel Richie the Wardrobe (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 7 May 2016 19:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Support band were so irritating. "Tallyho, gollygosh this is a big crowd" put down your Innocent smoothie please

Lush were ace despite not doing "Nothing Natural", and the dedication to Chris had me a little teary.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 8 May 2016 07:45 (one year ago) Permalink

As someone who didn't see them in the 90s,they were fantastic. It's been a long time since I've heard guitars sound that good. Also Miki was clearly having the time of her life up there.

They were literally giving tickets away outside though.

Matt DC, Sunday, 8 May 2016 11:53 (one year ago) Permalink

who was the support?

akm, Sunday, 8 May 2016 20:27 (one year ago) Permalink

oh Pixx. she's on 4ad. I liked one song I heard about a year ago

akm, Sunday, 8 May 2016 20:28 (one year ago) Permalink

?

It wasn't Pixx last night, some group called Spectres

Lionel Richie the Wardrobe (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 8 May 2016 20:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I was there on Saturday. First time I'd seen Lush since Glastonbury 1992, and they were just great. Very fortysomething-pleasing. And though I love Lovelife, I was pleasantly surprised that they didn't draw much from it for their set.

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Monday, 9 May 2016 10:28 (one year ago) Permalink

New EP is swell. "Lost Boy" the highlight for me so far.

Ys Man a.k.a. Have One on G (geoffreyess), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 02:48 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I wasn't as close for the Chicago show Sunday night as I was for Belly on Saturday, but I did get a few pics you can see here. I love that Phil King was just wearing a black t-shirt that said SHOEGAZE in white letters.

https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/14379927_10209618056464937_121885206211117349_o.jpg

Cumstaun (Phil D.), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 01:37 (one year ago) Permalink

How were they?

Brevs Mekis (dandydonweiner), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 02:28 (one year ago) Permalink

Outstanding -- just like with Belly, they haven't missed a beat. Miki plays that 12-string -- and the Gibson Firebird she switched to for a few songs -- with amazing ferocity, and Emma sounds as great as ever. Rhythm section was super-tight. They opened with De-Luxe and it was like being back in 1991.

Full set list:

De-Luxe
Breeze
Kiss Chase
Hypocrite
Lovelife
Thoughtforms
Light From a Dead Star
Undertow
Lit Up
Scarlet
Etheriel
Desire Lines
For Love
Out of Control
Ladykillers
Downer
Sweetness and Light

Encore:
Lost Boy
Nothing Natural
Leaves Me Cold

Encore 2:
Monochrome

Cumstaun (Phil D.), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:51 (one year ago) Permalink

am so jealous. Thanks for posting pics Phil.

Brevs Mekis (dandydonweiner), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I am so gutted they didn't do Nothing Natural when they were in London

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Saw them in Boston, equally great. Miki was pretty funny, "Do you remember this one? That's because you're fucking OLD!" Also said "If you have teenagers, you'll relate to this song" before they played "Out Of Control" from the new EP.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 15:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Someone put up De-Luxe from the show the other night. Does not capture Miki's frequent between-song vaping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DhH07e_yzg

Cumstaun (Phil D.), Thursday, 22 September 2016 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Huh.

Band Statement:

We are very sad to announce the departure of Phil King from the band. As a result, we will no longer be able to appear at the Iceland Airwaves and Rolling Stone Weekender festivals - massive apologies to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us play there. We are in the process of acquiring another bass player and look forward to our final show at Manchester Academy on November 25th.

Phil's twitter:

Before you ask...no comment.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 11:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Does "final show" mean final show ever? Have they said anything about carrying on vs. stopping?

heaven parker (anagram), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:09 (one year ago) Permalink

I'll do it!

thomasintrouble, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:33 (one year ago) Permalink

his twitter said "before you ask, no comment" and then "I would say "I need to spend more time with my family" - but that just makes me sound like a disgraced politician." so who knows; could be a personal family thing.

akm, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 13:14 (one year ago) Permalink

it's a weird one.. i mean there were only a few dates left to play. i wonder why he couldn't have hung on a few more days, especially now they've had to cancel some shows. bit of a downer to end the tour on! still i hope they find a bassist. it's been a successful reunion it seems, although cursed with some bad luck (visa hassles, rescheduled dates.. ) 20th anniversary yesterday of Chris Acland's passing too. after this tour i guess that's 'that'?

piscesx, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 13:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Hey, if Steve Rippon's not doing anything...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:05 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

So what really happened with Phil that caused him to up and quit?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 04:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

He's in the Jesus And Mary Chain now, by the way:

"Damage and Joy is out March 24 via ADA/Warner Music. It follows the band’s 1998 LP Munki. The new album was recorded with producer Youth. It features contributions from the band’s touring drummer Brian Young, ex-Lush bassist Phil King, and Youth on bass. They’ve so far put out “Always Sad” and “Amputation” from the album."

StanM, Friday, 17 March 2017 19:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

He's been playing with JAMC for years.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 17 March 2017 20:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

ah, ok - didn't know, sorry :(

StanM, Friday, 17 March 2017 20:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah he completed those sessions before he left for the reunion, IIRC.

Should note that the two Thoughtforms fanzines that were put out last year essentially act as the perfect complement to the box set, being de facto liner notes for it.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 17 March 2017 20:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

it's not clear at all but I got the feeling he maybe wanted to spend more time with his family. but there was some weird twitter back and forth with mickie where he insinuated she was unpleasant to him or had said nasty things about him.

akm, Friday, 17 March 2017 23:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://twitter.com/berenyi_miki/status/803268520586989569

Miki Berenyi‏ @berenyi_miki 28 Nov 2016
@londonphilking I admit it, I was angry. You dumped us in the shit Phil, refused to play the show. Didn't have to be this way.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Friday, 17 March 2017 23:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

and his posting that ('classy') was in response to her saying "you might have noticed Phil’s got shorter, and blonder, and better at playing the bass…sorry!" Seems innocuous unlesss she was giving him shit the entire tour or something. dunno.

akm, Friday, 17 March 2017 23:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

it's too bad because there was an interview with her and emma that came out in tape-op that was done before that happened, but published well after phil had quit, and they were pretty obviously talking about recording more and how great it was. and since he quit, they've said they are done.

akm, Friday, 17 March 2017 23:20 (eight months ago) Permalink


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