Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Pop/Dance Music 11/09/09

Evan Dando

Where were you in '92? If you spent your weekends frequenting legendary Belfast haunts such as The Limelight or Lavery's, chances are you will be familiar with The Lemonheads.

Less grungey than Nirvana, but cooler than REM, the band, fronted by the Boston-born singer Evan Dando (pictured), was formed in 1986 and by 1992 they were beginning to enjoy some commercial success on the back of their album, It's a Shame About Ray, and their first Top 20 single, an alternative rocked-up cover of Simon & Garfunkel's Mrs Robinson was used on the soundtrack of Wayne's World 2.

Follow-up album, Come on Feel the Lemonheads generated more hit singles, including the slacker anthem Into Your Arms. The band split in 1998, although Dando enjoyed a successful solo career until he reformed The Lemonheads in 2005.

They play the Speakeasy at Queen's tomorrow night and fans can look forward to hearing old material, as well as songs from their new album, Varshons, a collection of covers of artists including Gram Parsons, Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt.

patric.baird@ntlworld.com

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