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Today we’re taking a look at The Lemonheads and I’m giving my top 20 songs from their 9 Studio albums. If you’re just looking for the most famous or popular in general jump right to the most popular Lemonheads songs.
The Lemonheads (Originally called The Whelps) formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 by Evan Dando, Ben Deily and Jesse Peretz while they were still teenagers at school. The band played their 1st show on August 19, 1986. Despite many great songs on their earlier albums they never really hit the nail on the head or locked in on a sound. It took several years before The Lemonheads cracked it and produced the album that would break them into the mainstream, 1992s “It’s A Shame About Ray”. Founding member & frontman Evan Dando has remained the only constant member of the band for almost 30 years.
The Lemonheads Albums
Hate Your Friends (1987)
Rating: (3.5 / 5)
Key songs: Nothing True, Amazing Grace
There were multiple re-issues containing more tracks and songs from EPs, live tracks etc. It’s worth mentioning that as a life long Lemonheads fan I don’t really like this album!
Since I’m sticking to the original studio releases I can’t include two songs which were on the 1992 re-release of this album “Glad I Don’t Know” & “Ever” but do check them out.
Rating: (3.6 / 5)
Key songs: Die Right Now, Your Home Is Where You’re Happy
John Strohm of Juliana Hatfield’s band Blake Babies plays drums on this album where before on Hate your Friends, Drum duties were largely split between Evan & Ben. After this album the band split up for a while.
The album cover above is a photo of Ivan Kreilkamp, a school friend of Evan and Ben. Ivan is notable for coming up with the band’s name.
Rating: (3.8 / 5)
Key songs: Mallo Cup, Luka
This album is where it all begins as far as i’m concerned. My 1st choice from this album “Mallo Cup” is an instant classic, Its been near the top of my playlist for nearly 20 years.
Rating: (4 / 5)
Key songs: Half The Time, Stove
Also check out the classic “Ride With Me”, “Year of the Cat” & the re-recorded “Left for Dead”, previously titled “Clang Bang Clang” on the “Creator” album.
It’s a Shame About Ray (1992)
Rating: (4.5 / 5)
Key songs: It’s A Shame About Ray, Confetti
To note, Juliana Hatfield. Longtime friend and collaborator of Evans as well as a well known musician in her own right plays bass & sings backing vocals on this album. Also check out “Rudderless” & “Rockin Stroll”.
Out of 9 albums where do I rank this album overall? Probably 2nd.
The version of the album linked above is an expanded version of this album (Released 2017) which contains 10 additional tracks.
Come on Feel the Lemonheads (1993)
Rating: (4.6 / 5)
Key songs: Down About It, Rest Assured, Into Your Arms, Being Around
Also check out “Dawn Can’t Decide” & “Style”.
Out of 9 albums where do I rank this album overall? I’d put this one on Top. It’s got the balance right between the more up tempo rockier & the more chilled acoustic based songs. The album is consistently good with only 1 song I would call a dud “You Can Take it With You”.
Car Button Cloth (1996)
Rating: (4.2 / 5)
Key songs: Tenderfoot, The Outdoor Type
Also check out “Hospital” & “If I Could Talk I’d Tell You”. Out of 9 albums where do I rank this album overall? Probably 3rd.
The Lemonheads (2006)
Rating: (3.9 / 5)
Key songs: Let’s Just Laugh, Pittsburgh
Rating: (3 / 5)
Key songs: I Just Can’t Take It Anymore, Waiting Around To Die
That’s it for my 20 picks. It was a bit of a struggle on a few albums because there is no separating quite a few of the songs in terms of how good they are. I mentioned those in my comments below the albums so that you don’t miss out on them entirely.
What is Evan upto currently? The Lemonheads were out touring earlier in 2018 & Feb 2019 Varshons II landed which like its predecessor is an album of covers. The Bands/His website has been revamped and covers both Evan Dando & The Lemonheads and you can find Tour info and Lyrics to just about every song on there. Website Link. Evan is quite active on Twitter and posts all sorts of stuff on there. Evan Dando’s Twitter is here.
If you want to read more about the history of the band look here Wikipedia Article.
Most Popular Lemonheads Songs
Album -- Come on Feel the Lemonheads
Year -- 1993
The song reached number 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Charts & remained there for 9 weeks. The song is a cover & was originally by Australian duo Love Positions.
Album -- It’s a shame about Ray
Year -- 1992
This song reached number 5 on the Billboard Modern Rock Charts. The song was inspired by a newspaper headline Evan Dando seen about a person called Ray. The music video for this song features Johnny Depp!
Album -- It’s a shame about Ray
Year -- 1992
This song reached number 8 on the Billboard Modern Rock Charts. The song was recorded as a bit of a joke but after it took off it was tacked onto the end of the album & the album re-released. Evan Dando has voiced his dislike of the song many times & has even refused to play it live. The song has amassed some 5 million views on Youtube.
Album -- Car Button Cloth
Year -- 1996
While this album stands up as one of the highlights it wasn’t as commercially successful as the 2 before it. However, this song has become a Lemonheads classic.
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