||08/25/10 05:08 AM
Weekly Nostalgia: Lit
"Please tell me whyyyyyyy..." Don't lie: you still pump your vocals up as loud as you possibly can every time "My Own Worst Enemy," the massive hit single from Lit's 1999 breakthrough A Place in the Sun, comes on during your iPod shuffle playlist. The SoCal quartet might have made a name for themselves with one of the late-90's most recognizable guitar riffs, but the band was more than its singles. Coming up with the likes of No Doubt, Sugar Ray and the Offspring, Lit were a combination of California surf, classic heavy metal and melodic '70's pop all rolled into one giant spliff of perfection. Their 2001 follow-up, Atomic, served as a lightweight segue into broader and less conventional material, but still retained the well-polished sheen of what any great guitar-centered rock album should have: tight melodies and an enormous sound. The Popoff brothers, A. Jay and Jeremy, were the focal points, combining one's miraculous vocal range with the other's penchant for soaring guitar strokes. Top it off with one of the better rhythm sections you're likely to come across in recent radio-rock memory, and Lit tore through the late-night airwaves like Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper on the road to Mardi Gras. Featured on dozens of soundtracks, it's fairly likely you still hear Lit more often than you think. The band still performs regularly at concerts around the country and have been hinting at a new record for many years, but as of now, have not released any recorded material in over 6 years. Their 2004 self-titled effort is a sadly-ignored collection of tight guitarwork, engaging vocals and unpredictable rhythm sure to give your limbs a serious workout when it comes to air banding all night long. The band has seen its fair share of tragedy in the past several years, with the Popoffs losing their stepfather to a drunk driver and drummer Allen Shellenberger passing away from brain cancer last year. Lit have danced around on a 50-foot-tall Pamela Anderson, conquered the early days of TRL and made it through tragedy, and here's hoping the nostalgia doesn't have to end here.