Saturday, 3 April 2010

Luscious Jackson

Luscious Jackson were an all female alternative rock band from Manhattan who were active from 1991 until 2000. The band are probably best known as the first signings to the Beastie Boys Grand Royal label, on which they released 3 albums, ten single and an ep during their existence. Or for being one of the bands on the GAP adverts in the late 90's.

Being on Grand Royal isn't the band's only connection with the Brooklyn rap trio. Their drummer, Kate Schellenbach was originally a member of the Beastie Boys in their first incarnation as a hardcore punk band but according to which story you read either left due to the change in direction of the band or was eased out by Rick Rubin as she didn't fit in with the image he wanted for the Beastie Boys, probably due to being the wrong sex for a start.

The track posted is from the second album, Fever In Fever Out, the only one I own, so can't enlighten you on how good the other 2 are. The album is good and Naked Eye, for me,  is the highlight of the whole thing.

The version here is the Propellerheads mix from the 12" single. The track was the band's biggest hit and also the only one to enter the Billboard charts in the States, so really, their only hit.

Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye (Propellerheads mix)


Simon said...

Naked Eye is one of my all time favourite songs. It does it for me in a big way!

Anonymous said...

try the 1st Album its rougher than the second but has the edge

drew said...

Thanks, Anon, will give it a go, cheers!

DigMeOut said...

Check out a podcast review of Fever In Fever Out and an interview with singer/bassist Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson the Dig Me Out Podcast at, a weekly podcast dedicated to revisiting lost and forgotten albums of the 1990s.