Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller (born June 16, 1981) is an American rock musician and former lead singer of the 1990s band Radish, which was compared to Nirvana in Rolling Stone Magazine. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. However, the band was dismissed by critics as little more than an imitation of Nirvana with the novelty of an extremely young lead vocal-guitarist (Kweller was in his teens for the entire existence of the band). Nonetheless, Kweller and his two bandmates, bassist Bryan Blur and drummer John Kent, were signed to a major record label in 1995 by Mercury Records. Regardless of a much-hyped beginning, which included appearances on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Radish failed to strike big success with either its first record Dizzy or its sophomore effort Restraining Bolt.

Solo career

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. The title track reconciles his past career efforts with Radish and the difficulty of finding an identity as a 20 year-old artist beginning a musical career for the second time. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. Kweller's second solo effort, On My Way, has attempted to match the modest but well-received popularity of Sha Sha while creating a more mature and subdued sound.


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Kweller's second solo effort, On My Way, has attempted to match the modest but well-received popularity of Sha Sha while creating a more mature and subdued sound. Freed from commercial constraints, Lowe has recorded more solo albums to critical acclaim. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. Because Lowe received royalties from these sales, he suddenly found himself a millionaire. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. In 1992, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" was covered by Curtis Stigers on the soundtrack album to The Bodyguard, an album that sold over 15 million copies. The title track reconciles his past career efforts with Radish and the difficulty of finding an identity as a 20 year-old artist beginning a musical career for the second time. Lowe was also a member of Little Village with John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, and Jim Keltner.

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. The marriage with Lowe lasted until the mid 80's, but they remained friends, and Lowe remained close to the Carter/Cash family; he and Johnny Cash played and recorded together, and Cash recorded several of his songs. Regardless of a much-hyped beginning, which included appearances on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Radish failed to strike big success with either its first record Dizzy or its sophomore effort Restraining Bolt. Carlene's father is country singer Carl Smith. However, the band was dismissed by critics as little more than an imitation of Nirvana with the novelty of an extremely young lead vocal-guitarist (Kweller was in his teens for the entire existence of the band). Nonetheless, Kweller and his two bandmates, bassist Bryan Blur and drummer John Kent, were signed to a major record label in 1995 by Mercury Records. In 1979, Lowe married country singer Carlene Carter, step-daughter of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. Because they had record contracts with different labels, there is only one official Rockpile album, from the very end of the collaboration--1980's Seconds of Pleasure, featuring the Lowe songs "When I Write The Book" and "Teacher Teacher"--but all of Lowe's and Edmunds' solo albums from the period were effectively Rockpile albums.

Ben Kweller (born June 16, 1981) is an American rock musician and former lead singer of the 1990s band Radish, which was compared to Nirvana in Rolling Stone Magazine. After leaving Brinsley Schwarz in the mid-1970s, Lowe began playing in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds. Other well-known Lowe songs include "Cruel to Be Kind," "I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass," and "All Men Are Liars.". On the 1977 Live Stiffs compilation with a pickup band called Last Chicken in the Shop, he virtually sneers out his contempt for all concerned; in 1985, fronting Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit on the album The Rose of England, he hasn't changed the words, but the tone is entirely different, even affectionate. "Teenage Wedding").

Lowe's best-known song from this era is probably "I Knew the Bride When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll" (a reworking of Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell," a.k.a. On this and other labels, Lowe would go on to produce The Damned's Damned Damned Damned and many albums by Elvis Costello, including My Aim Is True, This Year's Model, and Armed Forces. In 1976, Lowe released "So It Goes" b/w "Heart of the City", the first single on the Stiff Records label where he was in-house producer (the label's first EP was Lowe's 1977 four-track release Bowi, apparently recorded in response to David Bowie's contemporary LP Low!) . Lowe's best-known song from the Brinsley Schwarz era is probably "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," which was a major hit for Elvis Costello in 1979.

Three years later Kippington Lodge had changed its name to Brinsley Schwarz and its musical focus to country- and blues-rock. Born in Walton-on-Thames, England, he began his recording career in 1966 as a member of Kippington Lodge, founded with his friend Brinsley Schwarz, which released a few singles on Parlophone. Nick Lowe (born March 24, 1949) is a rock and roll singer-songwriter and producer. Untouched Takeaway (live) (2004).

The Convincer (2001). The Doings (box set) (1999). Dig My Mood (1998). The Impossible Bird (1994).

The Wilderness Years (compilation) (1991). Party of One (1990). Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe (compilation) (1989). Pinker and Prouder than Previous (1988).

Nick's Knack (compilation) (1986). The Rose of England (1985). 16 All Time Lowes (compilation) (1984). Nick Lowe & His Cowboy Outfit (1984).

The Abominable Showman (1983). Nick the Knife (1982). Labour of Lust (1979). as Pure Pop for Now People).

Jesus of Cool (1978) (released in the U.S.

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