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. All releases by 4AD, catalogue numbers in brackets. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. In 1998 (1998 in music) the three remaining members of Lush decided to disband. Emma Anderson has since formed a new band, Sing Sing. 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 1996 (1996 in music), Chris Acland hanged himself in his parents' house after suffering from depression. 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. After adapting to the newly popular sounds of Britpop, Lush's Lovelife (1996 in music) became the biggest seller of their career, including the hit singles "Ladykiller" and "Single Girl".

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. Split sold poorly, however. 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. Split was released in 1994 (1994 in music) and featured a more industrial sound. 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. Also in 1992, Lush toured America as part of the Lollapalooza festival. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. He was replaced by Phil King.

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. Rippon left the band at this stage in order to concentrate on writing, though his book Cold Turkey Sandwich - a fictionalized chronicle of his time in touring - was rejected by publishers. Reviews were mixed and critics of the album hold that Guthrie's production brought the sound away from the band's original creative vision. Produced by Robin Guthrie, Spooky featured a sound very similar to Guthrie's band Cocteau Twins, with walls of sound and a great deal of flange. Their first LP made up of completely new material was Spooky in 1992 (1992 in music).

In 1990 the LP Gala, which combined the material from their first three EPs, was released by Reprise in the United States, the first exposure of Lush in North America. That year the EPs Mad Love, produced by Robin Guthrie, and Sweetness and Light followed. Critical praise for Scar and a wildly popular live show established Lush as one of the best-selling bands in the new "shoegazing" genre of pop music. Robin Guthrie helped the band sign to 4AD and released Scar, an EP, in 1989 (1989 in music).

Barham left nearly immediately, eventually settling in fellow shoegazing band Pale Saints. Lush was a British shoegazing band, formed in 1988 by Steve Rippon, Emma Anderson, Meriel Barham, Chris Acland and Miki Berenyi (see 1988 in music).
. Ciao! - The Best of Lush (2001, GAD 2K22CD).

Gala (1990, CAD 0017). Lovelife (1996, GAD 6004). Split (1994, GAD 4011). Spooky (1992, GAD 2002).

500 (1996, 2 CDs, BAD 6009, BADD 6009). Ladykillers (1996, 2 CDs, BAD 6002, BADD 6002). Single Girl (1996, 2 CDs, BAD 6001, BADD 6001). Desire Lines (1994, BAD 4010).

Hypocrite (1994, BAD 4008). For Love (1992, BAD 2001). Black Spring (1991, BAD 1016). Sweetness And Light (1989, BAD 0013).

Mad Love (1989, BAD 0003). Scar (1989, JAD 911).

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