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Chris Fallon 08/25/10 04:08 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.

Chris Fallon 08/25/10 04:08 AM

Weekly Nostalgia: LitMy Own Worst Enemy

Miserable

Zip-Lock

Lipstick and Bruises

Looks Like They Were Right

theartofsilence 08/25/10 04:10 AM

Always had a soft spot for these guys, A Place In The Sun is an awesome summer album. Just a shame they've never been able to top it.

DriftingNAndOut 08/25/10 04:22 AM

Ew.

ilovesofie 08/25/10 04:24 AM

Great band! I saw them in April and they were really good live. They were really kind too! After all this band has been trough, respect. Besides, they were saying they are working on a new album, and it would came it this summer, I guess they were a little too optimistic.
About the albums, A Place In The Sun is such a perfect summer album, but I really love their last record as well, especially the slower songs.

1000Faces 08/25/10 04:24 AM

I still cherish my copy of, A Place In The Sun, but now it's on my iPod. Last I heard of these guys, the Popoff brothers were on Loveline and some sex-talk VH1 show back in '04.

I'd love to hear new material from these guys again.

Gregory Robson 08/25/10 04:30 AM

My favorite write up of yours since I started visiting this site. And one of my absolute favorite bands of the 90s. Mad props like woah for this Chris. This seriously just made my day. Love you long time for this. Cheers.

aradiantsunrise 08/25/10 04:40 AM

I don't think I've ever heard a full album by these guys.

AussieBoy 08/25/10 04:59 AM

yeah!!!!
remember watching these guys on the Woodstock 99 video, heaps tighter than i expected to be and realised they actually had heaps of mad songs

AussieBoy 08/25/10 05:02 AM

i saw them on some shitty cop show with Pamela dont know what it was but they were interwoven in some crummy story line which ended with them playing some songs at the end, haha, then i think the miserable clip in the credits
was shot in orange county???

EndSerenading 08/25/10 05:07 AM

never really liked anything I heard by them.

Chemical Love 08/25/10 05:13 AM

I loved all of their singles, but never listened to any of their albums.

Chris Fallon 08/25/10 05:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gregory Robson (Post 73940912)
My favorite write up of yours since I started visiting this site. And one of my absolute favorite bands of the 90s. Mad props like woah for this Chris. This seriously just made my day. Love you long time for this. Cheers.

You're too kind :blush:

Fox83 08/25/10 05:44 AM

I've been a Lit fan since A Place In The Sun, and I can honestly say that their 2004 self-titled is, like Chris says, LARGELY underappreciated. Since their drummer died they have a replacement and claim they are working on new material. Thank you so much for giving a nod to this band. They will always be one of my favorites.




etomicsean 08/25/10 05:46 AM

Atomic is one of my favorite straight up rock records front to back. Such a fun listen.

SLoT 08/25/10 05:50 AM

My band in high school covered "My Own Worst Enemy" at a birthday party we played... the place lit up. Good times.

marky2468 08/25/10 05:52 AM

i forgot about the blink cameo in the zip lock video

3eb23 08/25/10 05:59 AM

Got A Place in the Sun as my Easter present a long long time ago. I loved it. Zip Lock bag was the jam.

Hamlet 08/25/10 06:01 AM

Still got my copy of A Day in the Sun! I remember I picked it up last year from the bargain bin, thinking "Hey this is that band that did My Own Worst Enemy!"

Fox83 08/25/10 06:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Chemical Love (Post 73941692)
I loved all of their singles, but never listened to any of their albums.

grooveshark.com stream them front to back

If you like the singles you need to give the rest of their stuff a shot.

theDrivingSnow 08/25/10 06:11 AM

always thought "zip-lock" was a better song than "my own worst enemy."

bones jones 08/25/10 06:18 AM

i got my first concussion at a lit show! love this band, a place in the sun is still one of my favorite records.

jasonisasleep 08/25/10 06:23 AM

didn't like this band then, don't like this band now.

theartofsilence 08/25/10 06:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stephen Chamberlain (Post 73942992)
always thought "zip-lock" was a better song than "my own worst enemy."

Agreed, the video for "My Own Worst Enemy" was much more fun though and probably had a lot to do with the success of that song. Back when MTV still played music videos and when they were made for more than youtube.

zachff 08/25/10 06:37 AM

Never got into this band beyond Worst Enemy, but man was that song awesome

Hagysaurus Rex 08/25/10 06:40 AM

I always liked the singles well enough, but I never actually liked this band until I saw them in concert. They walked out on stage with their instruments and a case of Miller Lite and said "We're Lit. We're gonna play a bunch of cheesy songs and drink all night."

It turned out to be one of the more fun shows I went to that year.

IndieKid! 08/25/10 06:44 AM

Just put this band on for the first time in years, then see this article. wow.

smelltheglove 08/25/10 06:46 AM

"a place in the sun" was one of several albums that provided the soundtrack to my Senior year in highschool and my senior Summer (along with "enema of the state", "americana"...and...ugh...Limp Bizkit). I still give it play from time to time. it is a great Summer record that doesn't try to be pretentious. thanks for giving them some props.

Boucher187 08/25/10 06:46 AM

Wow. This just made my crummy day here in PA much more optimistic. LIT was an awesome band and "A Place In The Sun" is one of the albums that I can honestly saw I can pop in and listen to front to back over and over. 10 years later and I am still listening to this frequently. As for the other albums they are also awesome but the mainstream success made the band who they are. All seem like awesome dudes and I hope that they can come out with a new CD. Summer 2011 anyone?

Boucher187 08/25/10 06:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smelltheglove (Post 73943822)
"a place in the sun" was one of several albums that provided the soundtrack to my Senior year in highschool and my senior Summer (along with "enema of the state", "americana"...and...ugh...Limp Bizkit). I still give it play from time to time. it is a great Summer record that doesn't try to be pretentious. thanks for giving them some props.

Wow man. I am in the same boat as you. Those albums were my Senior Year too and MANY MANY memories to all those songs.

jamiechaotic 08/25/10 06:48 AM

Haha, so true about "My Own Worst Enemy". When I've got friends in the car, we take turns singing the different vocal parts. This band was straight up fun.

letsgoflyers 08/25/10 06:53 AM

never listened to their albums, but have always dug all of their singles. good stuff.

radioavon 08/25/10 06:55 AM

god bless the 90ís

Catapult27 08/25/10 07:05 AM

I didn't really like the 2004 album much..it was alright. But Atomic and A Place in the Sun are two fantastic albums. Great nostalgia call.

jmartino 08/25/10 07:26 AM

A Place in the Sun has to be on my all time favorite album lists. Such a fun band, great vocals and guitar. Atomic was a really good follow up as well.

Fox83 08/25/10 07:30 AM



Tribute to their fallen drummer, Allen.

sjb2k1 08/25/10 07:37 AM

over my head! so cheesy but still catchy

Gregory Robson 08/25/10 07:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stephen Chamberlain (Post 73942992)
always thought "zip-lock" was a better song than "my own worst enemy."

Wont disagree with you.

prefix-core 08/25/10 07:40 AM

A Place In The Sun is a really, really great album. Lots of fond memories from the summer of '99 with that one.

And it definitely played a role in my transition from punk rock to becoming a full-fledged child of "alternative rock." In other news: Jeremy Popoff has pouty, supple lips.

prefix-core 08/25/10 07:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sjb2k1 (Post 73945202)
over my head! so cheesy but still catchy


Awesome song, lame music video. Haha.

prefix-core 08/25/10 07:44 AM

Does anyone else think it's really weird that this band was lumped in with bands like Third Eye Blind, Vertical Horizon, Matchbox 20, et cetra? I always cringe when I read the comparisons or see their names on the same "RIYL" list. Eve 6 is another one that gets the same unfair deal. Hah.

Fox83 08/25/10 07:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by prefix-core (Post 73945362)
Awesome song, lame music video. Haha.

Yeah, it was for the Treaure Planet soundtrack, I think. Hence the Disney touch on the video

prefix-core 08/25/10 07:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fox83 (Post 73945542)
Yeah, it was for the Treaure Planet soundtrack, I think. Hence the Disney touch on the video


I thought it was for Titan AE?

SuNDaYSTaR 08/25/10 07:50 AM

I've always really enjoyed their singles, but is it worth owning their full albums?

arcarsenal72 08/25/10 07:53 AM

Love me some Lit, but damn... Atomic one of the most awful albums I've ever listened to. The "solo" for Lipstick and Bruises is the biggest cocktease ever.

delvec19 08/25/10 08:05 AM

I'll always remember my family vacation in 1999 at Myrtle Beach. My brother bought the Lit CD at a record store there, what CD did I buy? Enema of the State!

bradsonemanband 08/25/10 08:07 AM

i still bust out A PLACE IN THE SUN. it's a damn good summer album.

Robb 08/25/10 08:15 AM

"Happy" off A Place in the Sun is so good. Definitely my favorite of theirs.

lbc182 08/25/10 08:31 AM

Love these guys. They were always awesome live as well. Looks like they are playing in the Chicago area this weekend. hmmm...

Fox83 08/25/10 08:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by prefix-core (Post 73945582)
I thought it was for Titan AE?

THAT was the one. It was for Titan AE.